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  • Welcome

    The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary is an international congregation of Catholic Women Religious, Associates and Lay Consecrated who are dedicated to the full development of the human person through education, social justice, contemplation, and the arts.
  • Spirituality

    Our Foundress, Mother Marie Rose Durocher, was a contemplative in action. The fire of Mother Marie Rose that we carry gives life to our SNJM reality.
  • Our Ministries

    We work in multiple settings for the full development of the human person. These settings include preschools, parishes, tutoring centers or graduate programs; studios, prisons, immigrant centers or clinics; leading processes that guide communities to choose a Gospel path, or directing programs that promote systemic change.
  • Support Our Mission

    The legacy of faith, vision and courage of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary is enkindled in our ministries. Through your prayers or financial support, the Sisters continue the work that was begun more than 150 years ago by Blessed Marie Rose Durocher: full development of the human person through education, social justice, contemplation, and the arts.
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Recent News

SNJM Café Sessions at Holy Names University

Holy Names University's SNJM Café sessions, started in 2009, focus on educating faculty and staff about the SNJM Core Values. This year, the Café discussions centered on the SNJM Corporate Stand, Water is a Human Right and Public Good, chosen primarily because of the drought in California. Nearly 100 faculty and staff members attended the sessions that included special guest speaker, Bathilda Heqoa, SNJM, who shared about the water-related difficulties experienced by the people of Lesotho. Café attendees generated numerous ideas for ways the University could support and stand in solidarity with the Basotho people.

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Give Your Heart Away

This Valentine's Day, we thank the Sisters for the many times they give their heart away, and teach us to do the same. Please enjoy this video about our Sisters and their ministries.

Catholics Called to Do Everything in Their Power to End Trafficking

The National Catholic Reporter published an article about the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking and quotes Carol Ries, SNJM on her thoughts about human trafficking as an issue that should be close to all Catholics' heart: "It's about respect for women and children; it's about human rights." Read more at:

International Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking, February 8

Join us in recognizing the International Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking on Sunday, February 8. February 8 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. Once Josephine was freed, she became a Canossian nun and dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering. She was declared a Saint in 2000. More information and resources for International Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking can be found on the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center (IPJC) website at:   

Josephine Bakhita

Simone Campbell, SSS Speaks at Ramona's Inaugural Women's Symposium

On January 29, in honor of Ramona Convent Secondary School's 125th Anniversary, Simone Campbell, SSS was the keynote speaker for the school's Inaugural Women's Symposium. Sr. Simone, best known for her "Nuns on the Bus" tour in 2012, spoke about "Faith In Action, Caring for the 100%."

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