Commemorative History Book

San Francisco’s St. Cecilia Parish – A History traces 100 years of parish life from 1917 to the present. With about 200 pages of narrative and 100+ nostalgic photos, many from private collections, the book recounts the stories of the people, the buildings, and the milestone events that have led to today’s vibrant community. More than half the content reflects recent times—from 1977-2017. Each active parishioner household will receive a complimentary copy. Please pick up your copy at the Rectory beginning Sunday, November 20th.

About the Author

Frank Dunnigan is about to celebrate his Golden Diploma reunion with the St. Cecilia School Class of 1966. After graduating from St. Ignatius and USF, he then spent many years as a manager with banking and retail firms in downtown San Francisco, before going on to a career with the federal government. His family’s parish involvement began when his widowed grandmother, along with his father and his uncle, became St. Cecilia parishioners in 1937. His parents bought their one and only home just a block from the church following their 1947 marriage, and they remained active parishioners for the rest of their lives—a 65-year family legacy.

Frank is the author of two prior books: GROWING UP IN SAN FRANCISCO’S WESTERN NEIGHBORHOODS: Boomer Memories from Kezar Stadium to Zim’s Hamburgers (2014) and MORE GROWING UP IN SAN FRANCISCO: Boomer Memories from Playland to Candlestick (2016), both published by The History Press. His monthly column on local history, STREETWISE, has been featured on the site of the Western Neighborhoods Project since January 2009.