Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

2016 Alemany Awards Benefit Gala Awardees

Sr. Diane Aruda, OP
Sr. Diane Aruda, OP

Sr. Diane Aruda, OP

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Sr. Diane Aruda, OP is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, an international congregation that has been in the Bay Area since 1876.  The Congregation was invited to San Francisco by Archbishop Alemany to teach the German immigrants who had arrived in the city. The Sisters initially lived at St. Boniface Parish and then moved to Guerrero Street in the Mission District where the sisters live today.  

The mission of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose has always been to serve “the young, the poor and the vulnerable.” They provide support to youth, young adults, the homeless and mentally ill, prisoners, patients, unemployed adults and families and more.

Sister Diane was born and raised in the Bay Area attending Catholic elementary and high school in the Oakland Diocese.  She entered the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose in 1965 after graduation from high school.  Sister Diane has a BA in English, two MA degrees in educational administration and counseling-psychology with a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist. 

She has served in educational ministry in elementary and high school, formation work within the Congregation, as a therapist for Catholic Charities and served on her Congregational leadership team.  She is on the Sisters Council for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. 

Sr. Diane is currently the President of Immaculate Conception Academy in San Francisco, an all-girl Cristo Rey School in the Dominican tradition. Cristo Rey schools are unique in that they provide lower tuition rates combined with work-study opportunities for the students.  100% of the students are accepted into college. Prior to this, Sr. Diane served as Principal of St. Edward Catholic School in Newark, CA.

Sister Diane enjoys people, reading, walking, music, cooking, the ocean and time with family and friends. 


Alessandro Baccari
Alessandro Baccari

Alessandro Baccari

San Franciso native Alessandro Baccari is a graduate from Santa Clara University and the University of California Berkeley's school of Political Science. Upon graduation he worked as a government research writer. Then, in 1958, he became an executive with the Westinghouse Broadcasting Company, handling public affairs and creating and producing a number of award winning programs, such as “PM East - PM West” with Mike Wallace, which originated from New York and San Francsico. For the radio and television programs he produced overseas he was honored by the governments of France, Belgium, Spain and Italy.

In 1965, Mr. Baccari established with his wife, Alessandro Baccari and Associates, a multi-faceted public affairs research organization specializing in socioeconomic studies, association management, advertising, public relations, graphic design and public affairs research. During this same period of time he served as Associate Dean of the Business College at San Francisco State University and as Associate Director of the Study of Enterprise. During his tenure a significant number of curriculum development activities took place which included a televised lecture series on urban issues from which a book and videotape were produced for use in other universities.

His love of California history compelled him to serve as curator/director of the Eureka Foundation. From 1974 to 2003 he estabilshed sixteen museums throughout northern California dedicated to preserving regional history. In 1985 he was knighted by the Italian government for a historical book he wrote entitled “The Chronicles of the Italian Cathedral of the West”– the story of the arrival of Salesian Order in America, and how they offered a church for the Italian immigrants, saints Peter and Paul Church. For his many years of dedicated service on hehalf of charitable endeavors for the Roman Catholic Church Mr. Baccari received from Pope John II in 1997, the Benemereti Medal, the Holy Sea's highest honor.

As the son of artistic parents, art and music have always played a major role in his life. His photographic images have been published in a number of art books and exhibited in galleries and museums in many countries throughout the world. In his artistry in the field of Photography, he is the recipient of numerous awards including: two Fullbright Grants, the Distinguished American Scholar Grant, and the American Society of Photographers International Award.

He has performed many services on behalf of his native city. He has been a consultant for eight mayors. In 2001, he recieved the prestigious Silver Cable Car Award from the San Francisco Convention and Visitor's Bureau for his significant contribution to the San Francisco visitor industy. In 2001 he retired to dedicate his time to writing and art. He has published four books since then.

Mr. Baccari has two sons Gregory and Stephen, and four grandchildren. His beloved wife Catherine of sixty-two years, passed away in 2014.

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