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Membership: Wearing Our Pins

Reavis.Mollie-021911By Mollie Reavis, SNJM

When I read Laura’s reflection last week, I was struck by the important role our SNJM pins played in the story. It was because the Sisters in Seattle and those in Spokane wore their pins/medallions that the young women knew they were members of the SNJM community.

And these young women were attracted to this community. They pursued the connection, and came to participate in a familiar ritual in a new place. And there they found even more Sisters with whom they had something in common!

My hope is that we will proclaim – by pins or other means – that we are members of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, and invite people to join us for what they are seeking: prayer and community life.

Suggested reading: “A Hunger for Depth” by Elizabeth E. Evans, National Catholic Reporter, Feb. 12-25, 2016, Religious Life, page 1a. Special section content from the print edition does not appear online.)

Membership: Connecting Through Our Traditions

Gathering in Spokane

By Laura Michels, SNJM

Early in the fall of 2015 at Gonzaga University where I work, I encountered two students who recognized my SJNM pin. With much excitement they told me that they were graduates of Holy Names Academy in Seattle.

As we chatted, they shared their experience of the December 8th liturgy. Each month the student body would celebrate Mass in St. Joseph Church. They were quite impressed by the renewal of vows ritual. When I mentioned that our Sisters and Associate in the Spokane region also had a liturgy with the renewal of vows and promises, they expressed an eagerness to attend.  I assured them that they would be invited to this event and would provide transportation, if needed.

Kelen and Annie joined us for the liturgy and reception.  They met Sisters who also went to Holy Names Academy in Seattle. (See picture.)

Some weeks later I met with Kelen to ask her what made her and Annie want to come the December 8th event.  For her, “it was a taste of Holy Names here.” It was her first semester in college and she appreciated the connection at the Academy to her new connection to Spokane through this vow ritual.  She plans on bringing a larger group next year.

This experience was a good example of the importance of connectedness through carrying on our significant traditions.