WelcomeThe 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.
SpiritualityOur 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 MinistriesWe 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 MissionThe 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.
National Catholic Sisters Week
In honor of National Catholic Sisters Week, The Spokesman-Review included a tribute to the work of Celine Steinberger, SNJM. Read it at: http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/endnotes/ 2014/mar/11/thanks-sisters/.
Sophia Park, SNJM Publishes Essay
"Cross-Cultural Spiritual Direction: To Create a Borderland," an essay by Sophia Park, SNJM, is included in Embodied Spirits: Stories of Spiritual Directors of Color. Sr. Sophia's essay, which comprises the first chapter, is about the process of creating a cross-cultural space. View publisher page at: https://www.churchpublishing.org/products/ index.cfm?fuseaction=productDetail&productID=9870
Vocation Event in Tampa
Students at Academy of the Holy Names, Tampa recently attended Focus 11, a vocation-oriented program that offers students the chance to reflect on God's call in their lives. Students learned about religious vocations through prayer, panel discussions and more.
Click to view image larger
Upcoming Teleconference with Anne E. Patrick, SNJM
WATER's Feminist Conversations in Religion Series presents "Conscience and Calling: Ethical Reflections on Catholic Women's Church Vocations," an hour-long teleconference with Anne E. Patrick, SNJM on March 5. Learn more at: http://www.waterwomensalliance.org/2014/ 02/march-5-teleconference-with-anne-e-patrick/.
Anne E. Patrick, SNJM
Black History Month: SNJM Legacy at St. Gabriel's School
In a time when integrated schools were not the national norm, the Sisters of the Holy Names lived out their commitment to a just world by teaching African-American students in parochial schools. One of those schools, St. Gabriel's School in Washington, D.C., began admitting black Catholic students in the 1950s. By the mid-1960s, African-Americans made up a majority of the school's population. Following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968, the violent response to his death came within blocks of the school. Sisters were told to stay in their convent for safety, but rushed to meet the needs of the community around the school. They made food baskets, served sandwiches to the Army troops brought in to restore order, and ran the food center depot that opened in the parish to provide ongoing support.
Black History Month: Holy Names Student in NAACP Leadership
Holy Names High School student, Jamila Coleman, was recently appointed as head of the political action committee on the NAACP's Imani Youth Council. "I've had the opportunity to learn about education and civil rights," said Jamila. "It's about learning, helping out, and making a difference. By giving now, I believe I am helping the future." See below for a photo from the Black College Expo, where Jamila received a scholarship for her contribution to an essay contest.