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Welcome, New SNJM Associates!

There's always a joyful celebration when new Associates join the Sisters of the Holy Names community. But the ceremony welcoming Ernestina Herrera and Lupita Martinez on Aug. 27, 2016 was a special milestone as the Oregon SNJM Sisters and Associates collaborated to create their first bilingual SNJM Associate ceremony. 

Music, introductions, Scripture readings and other parts of the ritual interwove Spanish and English. Each of the Sisters, Associates, friends and family who gathered at St. Mary's Chapel in Medford, OR had an opportunity to respond to the readings in their first language.

Guadalupe Guajardo, SNJM, a member of the U.S.-Ontario Province Leadership Team, coordinated the efforts of many partners to organize the ceremony. See below for a video recording with highlights of the event. Click here to learn about becoming an SNJM Associate.

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A Gift of Time Together for Families During Incarceration

Get On The Bus, a program of the Center for Restorative Justice Works, had its early beginnings 17 years ago through the support of Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) member communities, including the Sisters of the Holy Names.

With its newest program, two five-day camps at the federal women’s prison in Dublin, CA, CRJW asked the Sisters to help with lodging eight children, ages 9 to 14, and their counselors for one of the camps, held July 24 -29.

With the encouragement of Jo’Ann De Quattro, SNJM and Carol Sellman, SNJM, and thanks to Dr. Bill Hynes, Associate, former Holy Names University President, HNU provided overnight accommodations and afternoon recreational facilities following the 4-5 hours the children spent inside the prison with their mothers.

Named Camp Suzanne in honor of CRJW’s founder, Suzanne Jabro, CSJ, the program in late July reunited five mothers with their children, and offered them a unique opportunity, under the guidance of Loyola Marymount University art therapists, to be moms - to strengthen family bonds and to encourage their children’s dreams for the future. Of the five mothers, three will be deported when they complete their sentences.

As one mother said, “I am thankful for being able to spend time with my son, being able to give him kisses and hugs, being able to tell him in person how much I miss him and love him.” One of the children expressed how much it meant to her to be able to see her mom, “and seeing her smile... just to be able to hold her.”

Camp Coordinator Naomi Cornejo, SSS, expressed her deep gratitude to Dr. Hynes, Sister Carol and HNU Assistant Vice President for Facilities and Events Luis Guerra for helping to make this camp a reality for these families.

Written by Jane Argento, CRJW Board Chair

To visit the website for Get On The Bus, please click here.

Harvard Press Publishes Book by Kathleen Ross, SNJM

Harvard Education Press has announced the publication of Breakthrough Strategies: Classroom-Based Practices to Support New Majority College Students by Kathleen Ross, SNJM.

The publisher asked Sr. Kathleen to write the book after she produced some short videos designed to help faculty be more effective working with New Majority students - those who are first in their families to attend college and who are often from low-income families. Sr. Kathleen, a MacArthur fellow and president emerita of Heritage University, has devoted three decades to helping New Majority students get college degrees.

Her videos are publicly available to view at www.heritage.edu/institute. You can read more about the book on the Harvard Education Press website here. And, if you are interested in obtaining a copy of the book, click here for a flyer with a discount code.

Sophia Park, SNJM Publishes New Book

Wipf & Stock Publishers has released a new book by Sophia Park, SNJM titled Border-Crossing Spirituality: Transformation in the Borderland.

The book explores the spiritual importance of being "in-between," and examines the various meanings of "in-betweenness" from different religious traditions. It emphasizes the value of radical hospitality, friendship and subjectivity.

"In these days of increasing globalization and interreligious contact, Jung Eun Sophia Park has provided a powerful metaphor and process - 'borderland' and 'border crossing' - to guide our inevitable and necessary forays beyond our familiar communities. She points out the landmarks, the dangers, and the potentials of this journey, helping us live into the creative growth that can be found in transitions of multiple kinds," writes theology professor Elizabeth Liebert, SNJM. "Through texts (Christian Gospels and the Buddhist Tibetan Book of the Dead), ritual (kut, from Korean shamanism), and spiritual guidance from various traditions, she invites us into the in-between space that is borderland and demonstrates the power of inter-spirituality for contemporary seekers."

Sr. Sophia is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the Holy Names University in Oakland, California. She is the author of A Hermeneutic on Dislocation as Experience: Creating a Borderland, Constructing a Hybrid Identity (2010) and Beauty of the Broken (2014), the latter published in Korea. Her research is on cross-cultural spirituality and religious life from a global feminist perspective.

SNJM Sisters Participate in Conference on History of Women Religious

At the Conference on the History of Women Religious (CHWR) in June, Susan M. Maloney, SNJM, PhD (Southern CA) presented two papers on her biographical research on Anita M. Caspary, IHM. The first paper dealt with the historical significance of Caspary's life as the only woman in U.S. history to hold the positions of mother general of a Catholic order of Sisters and the founding president of an ecumenical community. The second presentation discussed the transitions in the spirituality of Caspary. Linda Fuselier, SNJM (South Bay), Fran Kearney, SNJM (San Francisco) and Rosemary Everett, SNJM (South Bay) also attended the four-day conference.

CHWR is a group of approximately 400 scholars and archivists from the fields of history, religious studies, women's studies and sociology. International membership includes scholars from the U.S., Canada, Australia, England, Ireland, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, France, Japan and China. The group meets triennially to discuss new research in the field.

In conjunction with the conference, Santa Clara University opened a special exhibit featuring selections from the professional papers of keynote speaker Sandra Schneiders, IHM. Among Sandra's resources were books written by Elizabeth Liebert, SNJM (East Bay) and Mary Boys, SNJM (Seattle). Learn more about the special exhibit at: https://www.scu.edu/library/asc/exhibits/schneiders

Emma Bézaire, SNJM, Appointed to Canadian Religious Conference

Emma Bézaire, SNJM has agreed to serve as representative to the Canadian Religious Conference for the U.S.-Ontario Province of the Sisters of the Holy Names.

Paula Demirelli, Assistant to the Director of the CRC, requested the appointment of a Canadian citizen for the post. After being asked by Maureen Delaney, SNJM, U.S.-Ontario Provincial, Sr. Emma graciously accepted. She will attend meetings, participate as a member and report to the Province on CRC activities.

For more information about the CRC, please visit the organization's website at www.crc-canada.org.

SNJM Community Development Loans at Work

Community and Shelter Assistance Corporation (CASA), based in Sherwood, OR, is one of the organizations to which our Province has loaned funds as a part of our Community Development Loan Program. Recently, Sisters and staff participated in site visits to some of the projects that CASA has assisted to develop and/or helped fund in Newberg, Lafayette and McMinnville, OR.
Organizations they visited included:
  • Newberg Head Start.
  • Maria Louisa Home Ownership Program (named after SNJM Sister Mary Louis Volk, RIP, who ministered to the Latino community in Cornelius for many years).
  • Horizon Homeowners Cooperative, a manufactured home park. With CASA's assistance, this park is now owned by the residents.
  • Villa Del Sol, an affordable housing project for farm worker families.
  • Virginia Garcia Medical Clinic, which serves primarily farm workers.

During the visit, the executive director of CASA expressed appreciation for the loan and acknowledged SNJM as a collaborator in support of these successful projects, largely assisting farm worker families and other immigrants.

In the photo (L-R): Sisters Mary Breiling (PLT), Peggy Kennedy, Margaret Kennedy (PLT), Mary Ellen Holohan, Province CFO Vicki Cummings, Maureen Delaney (PLT) and Cathy Beckley.

Summer Pool Party at Mary's Woods

Sisters and staff came together for an August pool party at the Mary's Woods retirement community founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names in Lake Oswego, OR. Helping one another and enjoying a time of fun and togetherness were many members of the SNJM community, including Sisters Mary Ellen Holohan, Jane Hibbard, Rita Rose Vistica, Peggy Pillette, Susan Mitchell, Anne Toback, Pat Baxter, Sharon Collver, Brigid Baumann, Annette Covatta and Mary Angela Morbeck.

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Farewell to St. Joseph Faculty House

A group of 15 Sisters, Associates, friends and neighbors gathered at St. Joseph Faculty House to mark its closure as a local SNJM house in Seattle. Its last residents have now moved to Spokane or other Seattle places or, in the case of Ann Cornelia Sullivan, SNJM, seen in the photo on the mantel, gone to heaven.

"We voiced many grateful memories of 41 years of occupancy, bringing much laughter, and shared bountiful appetizers and desserts," said Linda Riggers, SNJM.

Judy Ryan, SNJM convened the group and led joyful conversation and prayers. A particular blessing was the knowledge that many household goods have been given to a Honduran refugee family.

Statement Following Violence: From SNJM U.S.-Ontario Province

As Sisters and Associates conscious of our call to resist racism, advocate for human rights and create welcoming communities in partnership with others, we mourn the loss of life and grieve with the families of all who have been victims of violence.

We affirm the call of the Adrian Dominican Sisters to all of us to “engage in personal and national soul-searching on the evils of our socialization in racist systems and the steps we must take to detoxify our hearts and the heart of our nation.”

We pledge ourselves to expand our partnership with others to pray, dialogue and act to address issues of racism and violence.

Love recognizes no barriers.
It jumps hurdles,
leaps fences,
penetrates walls to arrive
at its destination full of hope.
-Maya Angelou