A Statement Against Recent Acts of Violence

A Statement Against Recent Acts of Violence

As Sisters of the Holy Names of the U.S.-Ontario Province, we seek to embody values that have been shared by many people of faith through the ages. From the Jewish tradition, a passage in Deuteronomy 30:19-20 – included in our Christian Bible – speaks to these values: “Choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.”

Actions that show blatant disregard for human life threaten our Christian ethic Recent tragic events in the U.S. renew our resolve to choose life and stand against hatred, violence and inhumanity:

  • Terrorist mailings of pipe bombs to political leaders and CNN
  • Racist murders of two black senior citizens in a grocery store in Louisville, KY
  • Anti-Semitic bigotry motivating the mass slaying at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburg, PA

We respond with hope, courage and action to these appalling attacks. We will not demonize perpetrators, for we are all God’s children. But while we pray for the victims, the perpetrators and all who mourn, we also appeal to our allies, partners and collaborators to stand firm with us and “choose life” by writing letters to your representatives, holding vigils, learning about cultures and religions different from our own, participating in nonviolent demonstrations and praying for peace, safety and dignity for all people.

Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
U.S.-Ontario Province Leadership Team

Maureen Delaney, SNJM
Mary Breiling, SNJM
Guadalupe Guajardo, SNJM
Margaret Kennedy, SNJM
Mary Rita Rohde, SNJM
 
A Statement of Support for Immigrants and Asylum Seekers

A Statement of Support for Immigrants and Asylum Seekers

The Sisters of the Holy Names of the U.S.-Ontario Province stand with the caravan of immigrants and asylum seekers from Central America coming to our U.S. border. We are appalled by President Trump’s inflammatory remarks concerning these families forced from their homes by extraordinary violence from gangs, insecurity and corruption in their countries. Families cannot live in this total fear without the hope of safety or sufficient income or a peaceful life.

We ask the U.S. Congress to challenge the president to uphold the values our country has practiced for generations of welcoming immigrants and sheltering asylum seekers. It is a human right to seek asylum. The president’s comments about these immigrants are disrespectful and often not true, i.e., saying these refugees include terrorists from the Middle East and that they are invading our country.

Now the administration is sending 5,200 troops to our southern border to stop this caravan of immigrants and asylum seekers. One retired military officer has declared that the military is deployed for war, not for assisting in apprehending immigrants. Why is the U.S. Congress letting the president basically declare war on families seeking to enter the U.S. to save their lives and to live in peace?

We urge the administration to withdraw all military troops from our border and to manage refugee arrivals humanely and in a manner that respects their dignity and rights under U.S. and international law. Specifically we ask:

  • Allow immigrants approaching our border to ask for protection in the U.S. and to be processed in a timely manner.
  • Ensure that asylum seekers have access to legal counsel and receive a fair resolution to their claim.
  • Guarantee that parents and children stay together while they seek asylum.

We must remember that the great majority of U.S. citizens’ ancestors have been immigrants. We want these current immigrants to have the same opportunity that our ancestors had.

For those of us who are Christians, we are reminded that Jesus clearly said we are to “welcome the stranger.” In today’s world, the strangers among us certainly include immigrants and refugees.

We urge all people of good will to contact your U.S. Congressional leaders to use their influence to stop our president’s current fear mongering and instead to allow immigrants and asylum seekers to cross the border and be humanely treated according to the laws of our country.

Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
U.S.-Ontario Province Leadership Team

Maureen Delaney, SNJM
Mary Breiling, SNJM
Guadalupe Guajardo, SNJM
Margaret Kennedy, SNJM
Mary Rita Rohde, SNJM
Day of Service Honors Blessed Marie Rose

Day of Service Honors Blessed Marie Rose

In the spirit of Blessed Marie Rose Durocher, people joined together on her feast day to witness to the mission she set in motion 175 years ago with the founding of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

Groups of Sisters, Associates, ministry partners, alumni, students, collaborators and friends planned activities on and around the SNJM Day of Service and Justice designated by the Congregational Leadership Team on Oct. 6, ranging from quiet prayers to advocacy for the needs of society and the Earth.

In Seattle, WA, 13 Sisters and Associates gathered with members of other religious congregations, Holy Names Academy students and others to participate in an anti-human trafficking vigil held in downtown Seattle, organized each month by the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center.

Members of Holy Redeemer Parish and students at St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, OR joined 19 Sisters who volunteered to cut fabric pieces for infant clothes, blankets and bibs. Mary Murphy, a St. Mary’s alumna and Holy Redeemer parishioner, sews the pieces for Mother & Child, formerly Birthright, a nonprofit that assists women and children in need. Meanwhile, Sisters Joan Flynn and Cathy Beckley joined a rally calling for an end to the contract between a regional Oregon prison and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

On the feast day, Sisters and Associates from the Yakima Mission Centre helped out at a food bank in Toppenish, WA. Every Saturday a lunch is served to people experiencing homelessness.

In the Mid-Atlantic region, members of the congregation gathered to pray and write letters to legislators. Six members shared a prayer and read from Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ encyclical before heading for the Long Branch tributary to the Anacostia River to work on cleaning up the water before it flows into the Chesapeake Bay.

Sisters, Associates and students at Holy Names schools in the Bay Area joined forces for several service projects as well as community-building activities. Holy Names University students played Blessed Marie Rose trivia and wrote cards to retired Sisters in the South Bay. On Oct. 5, students, alumni, staff and volunteers at HNU including Sisters Carol Nicklas and Carol Sellman worked alongside Holy Names High School students to clean up the area around Lake Merritt where the first Holy Names Sisters lived when they arrived in California 150 years ago.

Holy Names High School celebrated Rose Week, with a special Mass on Oct. 3 that included an invitation for students to write their prayer intentions and place them in bowl to be taken to the altar. A celebration was held after Mass with a birthday cake for Blessed Marie Rose.

Sisters in an assisted living center in Campbell, CA celebrated Blessed Marie Rose’s feast day with a prayer service created by Sister Aileen Carissimi. And on the other side of the country, in Albany, NY, a group of Holy Names Sisters, Associates and friends gathered in the former provincial administration building on Oct. 6 to celebrate with prayer and lunch.

Sister Kay Burton decided to honor Blessed Marie Rose by joining a community group in cleaning trash and mowing the grounds of the Jonestown City Park in Jonestown, MS. The Holy Names Sisters have deep ties with the people in the area, where Holy Names health and education ministries date back to the 1980s.

Albany, NY celebrates Mother Marie Rose.

L-R: Theresa Cecilia Lowe, SNJM, Marilyn Marx, SNJM, Bea Hall, SNJM and Shannon Lenet, Associate.

Albany Sisters celebrate feast day of Blessed Marie Rose.

Albany Sisters celebrate feast day of Blessed Marie Rose.

L-R: Mary Smith Galmore, City Clerk, Carlos Miles, Destiny Miles, Kay Burton, SNJM, Jamarjay Ewings, Andrew Magsby and Carrie Brooks.

Mid-Atlantic Sisters celebrate SNJM Day of Service and Justice.

L-R: Carol Ries, SNJM, Sheila Wooters, Associate, Frankie Barber, SNJM, Carroll Ann Kemp, SNJM, Ann Marean, SNJM and Patricia Rogers, Associate.

Mid-Atlantic Sisters celebrate Mother Marie Rose.

Clockwise, L-R: Kathleen Keller, SNJM, Frankie Barber, SNJM, Maria Faina, SNJM, Mary Ann Dunn, SNJM, Eileen Dunn, SNJM, Patricia Rogers, Associ- ate and Roberta Thompson, SNJM.

Oakland, California

Christian Cahill, candidate, carries the cross in the Cathedral of Christ the Light.

Oakland, California

Holy Names High School Choir performs at the Cathedral of Christ the Light.

Oakland, California

Holy Names High School Choir performs at the Cathedral of Christ the Light.

Oakland, California

Holy Names High School Choir performs at the Cathedral of Christ the Light.

Oakland, California

SNJM seal plaque and Mother Marie Rose statue in the Cathedral of Christ the Light.

Oakland, California

More than 400 people celebrated the 150th anniversary of SNJM ministries in California at a special Mass in Oakland on Oct. 6.
Martha Rolley, SNJM and Kathryn Ondreyco, SNJM accompany Holy Names High School Choir at the Cathedral of Christ the Light.

Oakland, California
More than 400 people celebrated the 150th anniversary of SNJM ministries in California at a special Mass in Oakland on Oct. 6.
Martha Rolley, SNJM, Kathryn Ondreyco, SNJM and Nicki Thomas, SNJM accompany Holy Names High School Choir at the Cathedral of Christ the Light.

Oakland, California

Holy Names High School banner carried during the processional at the Cathedral of Christ the Light.

Oakland, California

Maureen Delaney, SNJM addresses the congregation at the Cathedral of Christ the Light.

Oakland, California
More than 400 people celebrated the 150th anniversary of SNJM ministries in California at a special Mass in Oakland on Oct. 6.
Sisters walk in the processional at Cathedral of Christ the Light.

Oakland, California
Sisters carry the SNJM seal in the processional at the Cathedral of Christ the Light.

More than 400 people celebrated the 150th anniversary of SNJM ministries in California at a special Mass in Oakland on Oct. 6.

Miriam Malone, SNJM addresses the congregation.

More than 400 people celebrated the 150th anniversary of SNJM ministries in California at a special Mass in Oakland on Oct. 6.

Statuette of Mother Marie Rose at the Mass.

More than 400 people celebrated the 150th anniversary of SNJM ministries in California at a special Mass in Oakland on Oct. 6.

Associate Carrie McClish addresses the congregation.

More than 400 people celebrated the 150th anniversary of SNJM ministries in California at a special Mass in Oakland on Oct. 6.
Rosemary Delaney, SNJM addresses the congregation.

More than 400 people celebrated the 150th anniversary of SNJM ministries in California at a special Mass in Oakland on Oct. 6.

More than 400 people celebrated the 150th anniversary of SNJM ministries in California at a special Mass in Oakland on Oct. 6.

Miriam Malone, SNJM and Martha Rolley, SNJM after the Mass in Oakland.

More than 400 people celebrated the 150th anniversary of SNJM ministries in California at a special Mass in Oakland on Oct. 6.

Maureen Delaney, SNJM, Margaret Kennedy, SNJM and Elizabeth Liebert, SNJM walk in the processional at Cathedral of Christ the Light.

More than 400 people celebrated the 150th anniversary of SNJM ministries in California at a special Mass in Oakland on Oct. 6.

Cheryl Milner, SNJM and Patti Doyle, SNJM walk in the processional at Cathedral of Christ the Light.

More than 400 people celebrated the 150th anniversary of SNJM ministries in California at a special Mass in Oakland on Oct. 6.

Sisters and Associates address the congregation at Cathedral of Christ the Light.

Oakland, California

L-R: Marcia Frideger, SNJM (holding flowers), Linda Orrick, SNJM (back left, yellow shirt), Carrie Mc- Clish, Associate (next to Sr. Linda), Marilyn Lewellyn Mackinnon, Associate (pink sweater, second row), Rosemary Brennon, Associate (behind Marilyn), Sophia Park, SNJM (seated, next to Marilyn), Carol Sellman, SNJM (pink sweater, right side), Carol Nick- las, SNJM (holding flowers) and Mary Scott, Associ- ate (far right, standing).

Oakland, California

Associates Marilyn Mackinnon and Carrie McClish.

Oakland, California

Birthday cake for Blessed Marie Rose.

Oakland, California, Lake Merrit Cleanup

Carol Nicklas, SNJM

Oakland, California, Lake Merrit Cleanup

Bottom: Carol Nicklas, SNJM and Carol Sellman, SNJM (far left in red shirts) with the HNU and HNHS volunteers.

Portland, Oregon

Portland Sisters Cut Baby Blankets and Clothes for Service Day

L-R: Sharon Collver, SNJM and Kathleen Hilton, SNJM.

Portland, Oregon

Portland Sisters Cut Baby Blankets and Clothes for Service Day

Phyllis Jaszkowiak, SNJM and Mary Anne Jungblut, SNJM cut fabric for SNJM Day of Service and Justice.

Portland, Oregon

Portland Sisters Cut Baby Blankets and Clothes for Service Day

L-R: Marilyn Nunemaker, SNJM, Anne Marie Rotter, SNJM, Mary Murphy and Vivian Ripp, SNJM.

California Sisters Celebrate Feast Day at the Villages

Back row, L-R: Mary Leo Grijalva, SNJM (partially blocked from view), Marie Kronheimer, SNJM and Lynn Gutteridge, SNJM.

Front row, L-R: Miriam Henry Hussey, SNJM, Cathe- rine Nessi, SNJM and Joan Frances Ortega, SNJM.

California Sisters Celebrate Feast Day at the Villages

L-R: Michaeline Falvey, SNJM, Joan Bourdon, SNJM, Gail Milholland, SNJM, Jean Elizabeth Griffin, SNJM, Gerrie Will, SNJM, Collette Carroll, SNJM and Aileen Carissimi, SNJM.

Seattle

L-R: Linda Riggers, SNJM, Anne Herkenrath, SNJM, Mary Annette Dworshak, SNJM, Lydia Nikolaisen, SNJM, Judy Ryan, SNJM, Georgia Yianakulis, SNJM, Teresa Shields, SNJM, Shelagh Lustig, Associate and Sue Wildermuth, Associate.

Seattle

L-R: Lydia Nikolaisen, SNJM, Anne Herkenrath, SNJM (both seated) and Mary Annette Dworshak, SNJM (next to them in red coat). Behind banner, L-R: Monica Moffatt, SNJM (turquoise coat), Christopher Shelley, Associate, Sue Wildermuth, Associate, Geor- gia Yianakulis, SNJM, Iva Gregory, OP, Linda Rig- gers, SNJM, Teresa Shields, SNJM, Jocie-Rhea Chism, SNJM (partially obscured with umbrella), Shelagh Lustig, Associate. Front row: Judy Ryan, SNJM (with cup in front of banner).


Sokane, Washington

Bhutanese cooks prepare meal for the feast day of Mother Marie Rose.


Spokane, Washington

Brother Jackson Lino leads children’s choir.

Yakima, Washington

L-R: Cecilia Chavez, Associate and Charlyne Brown, SNJM.

Yakima, Washington

Associate Maureen O’Brien.

Yakima, Washington

L-R: Marina Rose Parisi, SNJM, Nino Vijarro, SNJM and Janie Vijarro, SNJM.

Solomon, Sister Mary Winifred

Solomon, Sister Mary Winifred

Sister Mary Winifred Solomon, SNJM

(Nellie Solomon)

April 25, 1922 – October 4, 2018

Sister Mary Winifred Solomon, SNJM departed this life on October 4, 2018 at Memorial Hospital, Tampa, Florida.

Sister Mary Winifred celebrated 96 years of life and 75 years of her religious profession. Her Mass of Resurrection was celebrated on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at Academy of the Holy Names, Tampa, Florida, with visitation at AHN at 10:00 a.m. Internment was at 1:30 p.m. at Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Tampa, Florida.

Grateful for the Holy Names Sisters

Grateful for the Holy Names Sisters

By Patricia Welch Newton

The Sisters of the Holy Names have been a part of our family since my mother, Gertrude O’Toole, attended high school at the Convent of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart at Lake Merritt, Oakland. When it was time for me to go to school, I attended Holy Names High School (HNHS), graduating in 1946. After completing my degree at San Jose State University, I received my teaching credential from Holy Names College (now Holy Names University). At HNHS, I was deeply influenced by Sister Mary Christine, my sophomore homeroom teacher, and Sister Mary Edmund, our Dean of Students. The memories of both of these Sisters and my other teachers remain with me to this day. I continue to volunteer and support HNHS by attending many HNHS events and volunteering in the Alumnae Association. My daughter, Suellen Newton Noland, graduated from HNHS in 1977.

What motivates me to support the Sisters? Three generations of our family have been educated by the Sisters and their support and encouragement were influential in my life. Since 1992, I have given back to them – first “in a small way” and since 2007 through my larger gifts from my IRA. An IRA distribution to the Sisters is convenient and the tax advantage makes it a “no brainer.” I am able to increase the amount of my yearly contribution and my gross income is adjusted because of this gift. Supporting the Sisters and their ministries is my way of thanking them for the strong education I have received.

THE IRA CHARITABLE ROLLOVER: Donate your IRA Distribution to Charity

Those over the age of 70½ who have not yet taken the required distribution (RMD) from their IRA might ask their IRA administrator to make a direct, tax-free, qualified charitable distribution to the Sisters of the Holy Names. An added value is that donors skip the step of declaring the contribution, as they are able to exclude the amount from their gross income. This permanent provision in the Pension Protection Act has become a popular and simple way to make a greater gift to the Sisters.

If you have questions about donating your IRA distribution to the Sisters of the Holy Names, please contact your development office: Sarah Harris, sharris@snjmuson.org or (503) 675-7111.

The Harold Family

The Harold Family

Bob Harold and Liz Harold King. After raising her children, Liz spent 30 years working in law offices, the last 15 in the political realm of Washington D.C. She and her husband, Ron Coffman, make their home in Annapolis, MD.

The Harold family has a long history with the Sisters of the Holy Names. Robert and Frances Harold and their children Liz, Bob and Jim made their home in Pasadena, CA. The children were taught by the Sisters at Saints Felicitas and Perpetua School in San Marino during the 1950s and 60s. “I was a very shy child and was in awe of the Sisters in those early years. They produced such amazing things from those pockets of theirs,” says Liz.

Sister Mary Claudine Peacock taught Liz in the eighth grade. “She was tough on us, preparing us for the high school days ahead. As a result, I was always trying to avoid her. But to my horror, my mother and S. Mary Claudine became fast friends. Mom’s volunteer work on Hot Dog Thursdays just exacerbated the problem.” Liz believes that this deep friendship later motivated her mother to convert to Catholicism.

“Looking back, I realize what excellent role models they were. So many had stories to tell, stories of courage and sacrifice. They faced these challenges with a light heart and a pragmatic point of view. It has given me strength and deepened my faith. I have a perspective learned from their example as I face my own challenges.”

Bob Harold (on the far right) loved Sister Gabriel, who would drive a bus and pick up preschoolers for the Sisters’ summer Garden School.

When Bob moved to Portland, Oregon, he rekindled his relationship with the Sisters at St. Mary’s Academy, where he has served as an advisor and board member for more than 27 years.

An astute businessman who served as CFO at Nike, Bob advised his parents on how to achieve their retirement goals. “IRAs are very efficient as retirement vehicles to provide income, but rather inefficient if left in one’s estate, meaning that the beneficiaries will be taxed at their full earnings rate at the time of their withdrawal. Therefore, if there is a desire to make charitable gifts as an aspect of one’s estate planning, using an IRA is a good way to go.”

Following Bob’s advice, Robert and Frances asked their children to choose the beneficiaries of their IRAs. Liz chose the Sisters. “There was never any question in my mind where that IRA benefit would go,” says Liz. “We have all appreciated what the Sisters have done for us these many years. In fact, we will never forget it. This gift allowed us to assist them to continue their good work into the future.”

After his parents passed, Bob saw firsthand the positive results of their decision regarding their IRAs. Soon after, Bob and his wife Sue included the Sisters as beneficiaries of one of their own IRAs. “Giving back to the Sisters of the Holy Names is easy. They have given so much for so many, it’s the very least we can do. Liz, Jim and I will be forever grateful to our parents for selecting a Holy Names school for us.”

 

Bussman, Sister Patricia

Bussman, Sister Patricia

Sister Patricia Bussman, SNJM

(Sister Mary Annunciata)

March 30, 1933 – September 10, 2018

Sister Patricia Bussman, SNJM departed this life on September 10, 2018 at Mercy Care and Retirement Center, Oakland, California.

Sister Patricia celebrated 85 years of life and 64 years of her religious profession.

Her Mass of Resurrection was celebrated on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at Holy Spirit Chapel, Campbell, California. Burial will took place at 10:15 a.m., Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward, California.

Associate Uses Her Catholic News Writing Job to ‘Make the Issue Come Alive’

Associate Uses Her Catholic News Writing Job to ‘Make the Issue Come Alive’

By Heather Rockwell

Carrie McClish, Associate.

As a reporter for a Catholic newspaper, SNJM Associate Carrie McClish has learned that writing is a powerful tool for ministry.

At the Catholic Media Conference of the Catholic Press Association held in June, Carrie received an award of excellence for Coverage of Violence in Our Communities. Carrie works as reporter and staff writer for The Catholic Voice in the Diocese of Oakland and won second place in this new category.

A few years ago, Carrie began reporting on a ceremony that takes place at a church in Oakland, CA. As a way to bring attention to the high rates of violence in the community, this church holds an annual memorial service in commemoration of those murdered each year. For every victim, a cross is displayed. Carrie attends this service yearly, reporting on the sense of community that arises when family members come together to pray for one another and their city.

Writing on violence can be troubling work, but Carrie finds ways to spotlight the beauty within the tragedies. “These people have suffered so much,” Carrie said, “yet they are trying to help each other.”

By covering issues that affect marginalized and voiceless people, Carrie sees the positive impact of her writing. “It’s a way of helping people see what’s going on in the Church outside of their parish,” Carrie said. Sharing people’s stories and difficult moments is a privilege for her and one of the many reasons she enjoys reporting on a wide variety of events, ranging from funerals to jubilee celebrations.

“I think of it as a way to maybe bring people together. Not everyone can go out to these events, so it can be a way of not only building community but deepening other people’s faiths.”

In addition to reporting for The Catholic Voice and being an active member in her own parish, Carrie has become an active Associate with the Sisters of the Holy Names. Since becoming an Associate in October of 2017, Carrie has enjoyed seeing the ways in which her writing connects with the values that Holy Names Sisters hold dear.

One of Carrie’s favorite experiences as an Associate so far has been attending an interfaith group that meets outside of a detention center in Richmond, CA. The center detains immigrants and refugees as they await deportation. The Sisters and Associates who attend this interfaith gathering each month use it as an opportunity to pray for the family members of those being detained and to listen to their stories. “It makes the issue come alive,” Carrie said.

In addition to attending these monthly gatherings, Carrie had the privilege of flying to Portland, OR this July for the community’s chapter. Over 250 Sisters, Associates and Lay Consecrated came together for the event. One of the highlights of Carrie’s first chapter was attending a public witness organized by the Sisters towards the end of their time together. “We all walked out of the hotel and stood outside with one another, standing up for immigrants and refugees,” she explained. “It was really moving for me.”

Supporting migrants and refugees is a corporate stand of the Sisters of the Holy Names and one that often brings the community together. Carrie has appreciated seeing Sisters and Associates put this value into action in their daily lives, in small and in big ways.

Carrie said she would encourage anyone to become part of a community of women religious, especially one whose values you share. “It is a community,” she said, “and it’s not just a word they toss around. It really is a community. I almost feel like I’m part of a family – a bigger family.”

Church, Sister Deborah

Church, Sister Deborah

Sister Deborah Church, SNJM

(Thomas Miriam)

July 13, 1938 – July 26, 2018

Sister Deborah Church, SNJM departed this life on July 26, 2018 at Our Lady of Fatima, Saratoga, California.

Sister Deborah celebrated 80 years of life and 59 years of her religious profession.

Her Mass of Resurrection was celebrated on Friday, August 3, 2018, at 10:00 AM at Holy Spirit Chapel, Campbell, California. Burial took place at 10:15 a.m., Monday, August 6, 2018, at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward, California.

Klingler, Sister Dorothy Clare

Klingler, Sister Dorothy Clare

Sister Dorothy Clare Klingler, SNJM

(Mary Ann Hedwig)

September 9, 1933 – July 26, 2018

Sister Dorothy Clare Klingler, SNJM departed this life on July 26, 2018 at Our Lady of Fatima, Saratoga, California.

Sister Dorothy Clare celebrated 84 years of life and 65 years of her religious profession.

Her Mass of Resurrection was celebrated on Sunday, August 5, 2018, at 2:30 PM at Holy Spirit Chapel, Campbell, California. Burial took place at 10:15 a.m., Monday, August 6, 2018, at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward, California.