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'Heritage Bearers of Today' Share Updates on Ministries

Representatives from organizations founded or sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Names in Oregon described how they are fulfilling the SNJM mission at a breakfast on Oct. 26 at the Province office in Marylhurst, OR.

The bi-annual Heritage Breakfast included a talk by Maureen Delaney, SNJM of the Province Leadership Team. She spoke about the commitments of the SNJM General Chapter and shared an invitation to collaborate with all SNJM "heritage bearers."

Attendees from Marylhurst University, Mary's Woods, Holy Names Heritage Center, Youth Villages-Oregon, St. Mary's Academy, SNJM Oregon Regional office, SNJM Oregon Development office and Province department managers introduced themselves and shared highlights of their current ministry work.

In the photo: Maureen Delaney, SNJM, welcomes representatives of organizations that minister to people throughout the state of Oregon and beyond.

LCWR Region 15 Meeting Focuses on Justice and Feeding the Hungry

The U.S.-Ontario Province Leadership Team attends the LCWR Region 15 meetings, which happen twice a year. Last week's meeting in Yakima, WA featured canon lawyer Sharon Holland, IHM and Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center (IPJC) Executive Director Linda Haydock, SNJM (Seattle).

Sr. Linda provided a new process booklet for faith sharing called "Privilege and Periphery: Risking Transformation," which is based on the resolution passed by the 2016 LCWR Assembly regarding systemic injustice. For copies of this reflection process booklet, contact IPJC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In keeping with the organization's justice priorities, LCWR members including Mary Rita Rohde, SNJM (pictured at far right) set aside time to make 200 sandwiches to give to homeless people in Yakima.

Justice Network Members Walk for Peace

Members of the U.S.-Ontario Justice Network met the weekend of Oct. 7-9. Sister Linda Haydock conducted a workshop focusing on "We Call Ourselves to More" drawn from the Prologue to the Acts of the 34th General Chapter.
 
Mission Centre representatives who attended the meeting committed themselves to further education on human trafficking, water and the environment and the plight of immigrants and refugees. They also pledged to collaborate more purposefully to advocate for others and to promote concrete action as appropriate in their respective regions.
 
A Peace Walk for Justice took place Saturday afternoon. The procession of Justice Network members and guests visited the Peace Pole at Mary's Woods, the Marylhurst Labyrinth, the Marylhurst University Peace Pole, the Our Lady of Marylhurst shrine and finally the Peace Pole at the U.S.-Ontario Province office. Sister Margaret Ball led the peace walk participants in a prayerful chant during the closing ritual.

Supporting Teachers Who Use Technology

Apple has unveiled a program to support teachers who want to use technology in authentic and innovative ways, and it’s been keeping Sister Martha Rolley busy for over a year.

Rolley Martha webSister Martha is Director of Education Professional Learning Content at Apple. She and her team were responsible for creating resources for the newly launched Apple Teacher program. Its goal is to inspire, train and celebrate teachers as they develop more effective learning and teaching experiences using an iPad or Mac.

Educators who sign up for the program gain access to online resources and digital books to expand their knowledge about iPad devices and Mac computers, which schools frequently rely on to assist learning. After participants successfully complete a series of quizzes online, they can receive a downloadable Apple Teacher logo to recognize their achievement and expertise.

One teacher who signed up for the Apple Teacher program wrote in a blog post, “Educators are always learning. We chose this profession because we want to help students be successful. Overall, the program fosters our understanding of how best to use the iPad in the classroom… The Apple Teacher program allows teachers to offer quality education that is meaningful and fun.”

On the program’s website, which went live at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, dozens of posts describe how technology is helping students learn everything from English as a second language to the workings of the human heart. Videos, slideshows and articles explain how to take students on a virtual “fly-over” tour of distant cities, create interactive charts to illustrate patterns in data, and personalize learning for students on the autism spectrum, among other topics.

Working on the Apple Teacher program was an appropriate project for Sister Martha due to her decades of working in high tech and her dedication to the Sisters of the Holy Names’ historic teaching mission, which especially embraces those who are underserved. Sister Martha has encouraged SNJM educators to enroll in the program, both to earn recognition as an Apple Teacher and to learn more about the technology they and their students use in Holy Names schools.

In the photo: Students learn why heart health is important in a video featured on the Apple Teacher website.

Listen to A Nun's Life Interview with Sisters Sally and Cynthia!

If you missed the recent live interview by A Nun's Life with two wise and wonderful Sisters of the Holy Names, it's now available as a podcast recording. In the recording, Sisters Sally Gunn and Cythnia Canning respond to questions from listeners, talk about their call to religious life and exchange insights about faith and ministry with the program's two hosts.

The Oct. 21 episode was part of the "Motherhouse Road Trip" by Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters Julie Vieira and Maxine Kollasch, who are interviewing Sisters around the United States as they celebrate 10 years of A Nun's Life Ministry serving the online community. An audience of Sisters, Associates and friends was on hand to applaud, laugh and enjoy the conversation in the Holy Spirit Chapel in Campbell, CA. In addition, Martha Rolley, SNJM helped field real-time questions and comments from listeners posting in the chat room, which the audience could read on a projection screen.

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Motherhouse Road Trip with the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary

Two Sisters of the Holy Names will be interviewed online on Friday, Oct. 21 when A Nun's Life Ministry brings its traveling podcast to Campbell, CA. You can join the hosts, Sisters Julie Vieira and Maxine Kollasch, for the live webcast and ask questions of the guest Sisters - Cynthia Canning, SNJM and Sally Gunn, SNJM. During the webcast, Martha Rolley, SNJM, will help take comments and questions from the online community in the chat room and bring them into the on-air conversation.

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Catholic Charities Purchases Former Convent in Spokane

News link: From Sisters To Families: Rising Strong At Holy Names

The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, U.S.-Ontario Province announced today that Catholic Charities purchased the Convent buildings and a portion of its 65 acre Spokane Campus on Fort George Wright Drive in Spokane, Washington. Catholic Charities plans to adaptively re-use the main Convent building for a new innovative social services program called “Rising Strong” in a unique collaboration with Empire Health Foundation. Empire Health Foundation provided $1.6 million to Catholic Charities to go toward the purchase as a program related investment in this exciting project that will aim to reduce the number of children being removed from their homes by Child Protective Services.

In addition, Catholic Charities, in partnership Spokane-based Inland Group, will use a portion of the property to develop affordable housing for both seniors and families, with great care taken to preserve the spiritual and ecological characteristics of the property. Catholic Charities also plans to retain the Chapel for prayer and occasional Mass and other Convent facilities, in support of Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Spokane’s mission to reveal God’s love to the poor and vulnerable. The Sisters selected Catholic Charities in early 2016 after a two year property evaluation and a selection process that concluded at the end of 2015. The art studio and some of the Sisters’ Administrative Offices, including the Development Office, which focuses on fundraising and donor relations, will remain at the property under a rent-free lease with Catholic Charities.

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Foundresses Honored at Heritage University

Two events at Heritage University in Toppenish, WA last week honored the historic accomplishments of its three foundresses.

Two new buildings were dedicated in the names of Martha Yallup and Violet Lumley Rau (deceased), the two Yakama Nation women who recruited Sister Kathleen Ross to join them in starting the university. In addition, the university hosted its first pow wow, in which all three co-founding mothers  were honored. Lila Lumley represented her sister Violet at the ceremonies.

The Martha B. Yallup Health Sciences Center will house the Physician Assistant and other medical programs of Heritage University, and the Violet Lumley Rau Center will have administrative offices.

Members of the SNJM Yakima Mission Centre attended the pow wow on campus on Saturday, Sept. 17. As part of the ceremonies, gratitude was expresssed for the three women whose vision and efforts gave residents of the region an important opportunity for quality higher education. People of all ages belonging to various tribes shared traditional dances, drumming and music with an appreciative crowd of faculty, students and community members.

In the photo (L-R): Sister Kathleen Ross and Martha Yallup visit with friends at the pow wow.