About the U.S.-Ontario Province

SNJM ministries in the Northwest began in 1859, the year Oregon became a state. Twelve Holy Names Sisters traveled from the Mother House in Longueuil, Quebec to begin ministering in the Portland area. They built schools, founded orphanages and ministered in parishes throughout the region. SNJM ministries were later established on the East Coast, in California, Washington, Mississippi and the Canadian province of Ontario. Formation of the U.S.-Ontario Province reconfigured five predominately English-speaking SNJM provinces into one administrative unit in 2006. The Province offices are in Marylhurst, Oregon.


About Our Archives

The Archives collects historical records, objects, and publications in order to preserve the history of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, U.S.–Ontario Province. The collections document the histories of the Holy Names schools and ministries throughout the province, including New York; Washington, DC; Florida; Washington; Oregon; California and Mississippi. In addition to preserving institutional records, the aim of the Archives is to educate the public about the Sisters’ contributions to the communities in which they have served from 1859 to the present.

The Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, U.S.–Ontario Province is a private, institutional repository. Access to the collections may be arranged by appointment only. All research requests are subject to the approval of the Director of Archives.

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