Recently, Sr. Regina Palamara MSC celebrated her 90th Birthday. She and her twin, the late Sr. Loretta Palamara, were born on April 13, 1933.  Sr. Loretta passed February 1997.  She was a wonderful person who gave of herself especially to her students and the Hospice patients. She is sorely missed.

Sr. Regina moved to Burbank CA in 2002 to be with her mother who was not well. After her mother passed she stayed in Burbank and found her mission in her new parish, St. Finbar. 
Sr. Regina has ministered to the elementary school children and other people in the parish.  She is also involved with the Cabrini Literary Guild, Cabrini Philosophy Club and Cabrini Companions. She is often  asked to meet with the Knights of Columbus- Cabrini Council and other organizations. She is very well known and loved. 

Her biggest contribution, i was told by many, was her teaching everyone about Saint Frances X. Cabrini.

On Sunday, April 23 a Mass was offered for her intention at St. Finbar Church and a party held in the parish hall afterward.  I, along with Sr Regina Peterson, had the honor to be present. The church was over filled with its capacity as was the church hall. Sr. Regina also was honored by her pastor, Fr. Francis, to give the homily at Mass.

Sr. Regina was also honored by the school and parish by naming the outside space: Cabrini Plaza and dedicating it to Sr. Regina.

Each class presented her with a card and in the form of a poster. This is one from the 8th grade class and each student wrote her a message.

The first poster is presented by the principal, Ms Roselle Azar, Fr Francis and 2 students.

The photos show some of the festivities:  Presentation by Senator Anthony Portantino with a Citation by the State of California Senate honoring her for all the work she has done.

Sr Regina with her birthday cake and with another cake at a celebration with friends.

By Sr Antonina Avitabile MSC

Thanks to Guadalupe Province Newsletter


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    Jennifer Griffin on November 6, 2023

    Dear Sister Regina, I remember you with great love and fond memories from St. Francis Cabrini Parish on Roosevelt Island, NY. You were a big part of my conversion, you and Father Gorman. I send you belated happy 90th birthday wishes, and many, many blessings to “the Queen of Recycle.” Remembering you with great fondness!
    With Love, Jennifer Griffin

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    Anthony Palamara on March 26, 2024

    Dear Sister Regina, I am very proud to share the same last name as you. I am a Palamara. I live in New York and I had the pleasure to speak to my cousin, your sister , when I worked on 23 street in Manhattan. Even though we never spoke before I am truly honored to in some way be related to you.I see your birthday is approaching on April 13 Happy Birthday and God Bless You.

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