Jackson, Sister Janice

Jackson, Sister Janice

Sister Janice Jackson, SNJM

(Sister Stephen James)

March 12, 1933 – January 13, 2020

Sister Janice Jackson, SNJM departed this life on January 13, 2020 at Marie Rose Center, Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Sister Janice celebrated 86 years of life and 65 years of her religious profession.

Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Thursday, January 23, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at Chapel of the Holy Names, Lake Oswego, Oregon. 

Burial will take place immediately following the funeral at Holy Names Cemetery, Marylhurst, Oregon.

 Sister Janice Jackson, SNJM

Sister Stephen James

March 12, 1933 – January 13, 2020

Sister Janice Jackson, SNJM, age 86, died January 13, 2020. A Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for 65 years, her funeral will be held at 11 a.m., January 23, 2020, in the Chapel of the Holy Names, Marylhurst, Oregon. Burial follows at Holy Names Cemetery.

Janice was born March 12, 1933, in Salem, welcomed by her parents Louis Clark and Dorothy (Pickens) Jackson. She was later joined by two sisters and a brother. The Jackson family resettled in Salem in 1945 where Janice attended St Joseph’s Grade School and graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in 1951. 

She entered the Holy Names Sisters, later receiving the religious name Sister M. Stephen James. She completed a teaching degree at Marylhurst College and taught in Holy Names schools in Seattle, Portland, Lake Oswego and finally at St. Vincent’s School in Salem.

In 1971 Sister Janice received her calling to pursue a Master of Counseling from the University of Oregon. As part of her studies, she envisioned a program to serve those in the penal system. Janice started the highly successful Sponsors, Inc., in Eugene, Oregon, serving Lane county prisoners. She affirmed and uplifted the dignity of hundreds of men and women as they transitioned from prison back to the community. When she retired from Sponsors, she continued on the board of directors. Honored for her compassionate spirit and vision, Sister Janice is one of the Oregon women included on the Walk of Heroines at Portland State University.

In retirement Sister Janice served as spiritual advisor and retreat guide to women in Eugene, and marketed her photographic art. In 2014, after living in Eugene for 43 years, she moved to Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst in Lake Oswego.

Sister Janice is survived by her sisters Judy Fischer (Bonney Lake, WA) and Susan (Don) Stuhr (Salem) and her brother Stephen Jackson (Eugene). Eight nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews benefited from her caring devotion to family. She is also survived by her dear friend and adopted family member Evelyn Gerardo Challis (Michael) and the members of her religious community.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Sponsors, 338 Hwy 99 N, Eugene, OR 97402 or to Sisters of the Holy Names Retirement Fund, P.O. Box 398, Marylhurst, OR 97036 or online at www.snjmusontario.org/donate.

Faith Statement on Escalating Violence with Iran

Faith Statement on Escalating Violence with Iran

As people of faith, we condemn the United States’ dangerous aggression towards Iran, including the assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and the deployment of additional troops to the region. We urge the Administration to step back from the brink of war.

Our faith communities see the futility of war, and its power to dehumanize. We know that human flourishing entails breaking cycles of violence, being courageous peacemakers, and focusing on the root causes of conflict. Violent conflict is a path of mutual destruction.

 Instead, all actors must move forward in a way that upholds our shared, sacred human dignity:

  • All parties must begin by re-humanizing each other without excusing unjust and violent actions.
  • The U.S. Administration must halt violent attacks and military escalations. It must return to a diplomatic process, recognizing that lasting peace requires a commitment to the shared well-being of every human, from Iran to the United States and everywhere in between. 
  • The U.S. Congress must act to reassert its war powers by refusing authorization for war with Iran and related attacks, and to block funding for war with Iran. 
  • U.S. actions and strategy in the region must address the root causes of the conflict, such as distrust, trauma, economic resources, and political influence. 
  • All of us must support nonviolent creative actions of resistance to any unjust and violent actions.

As communities of faith, we renounce the escalation of violence and call on the United States to work towards lasting peace with Iran.


American Friends Service Committee

Center on Conscience and War

Christian Peacemaker Teams

Church of the Brethren office of Peacebuilding and Policy

Churches for Middle East Peace

Coalition for Peace Action

Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

Conference of Superiors of Men (Catholic)

Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, US Provinces

Faith in Public Life

Franciscan Action Network

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Leadership Conference of Women Religious

Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Mennonite Central Committee U.S.

National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd

National Campaign for a Peace Tax fund

Presbyterian Church (USA)

Provincial Council Clerics of St. Viator

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas-Institute Leadership Team

Unitarian Universalist Association

United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries

The United Methodist Church-General Board of Church and Society

Kern, Sister Collen

Kern, Sister Collen

Sister Colleen Kern, SNJM

(Sister Miriam Patrice)

January 30, 1929 – December 29, 2019

Sister Colleen Kern, SNJM departed this life on December 29, 2019 in San Rafael, California.

Sister Colleen celebrated 90 years of life and 71 years of her religious profession.

Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Raphael Church, San Rafael, California.

Burial will take place Monday, February 3, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward, California.

New Year’s Resolutions from the Sisters

New Year’s Resolutions from the Sisters

Set them, forget them or regret them: At one time or another, we’ve all made New Year’s resolutions. As we say farewell to 2019, we asked the Sisters, Associates and Lay Consecrated women in the SNJM community to share their intentions – some light-hearted, some serious – for the year to come.

I will strive to live the PRESENT MOMENT with gratitude and joy!
Sister Molly Neville (California)

My resolutions are to reduce my paper use by 25% and add 25% more prayer to my day.
Sister Margaret Kennedy (Oregon)

This year I will try to be as perfect as Sister Cathy Leamy. This is my resolution.
Sister Gloria Drouillard (Ontario)

My New Year’s resolution is to spend 20 minutes to a half an hour at least 4 times per week practicing on my piano!
Sarah Lucier (Associate and Lay Consecrated, Ontario)

During 2020, I resolve to conserve electricity by removing energy-sucking cords from outlets when appliances are not in use.
Sister Joan Maiers (Oregon)

Ann Regan’s resolution is that screen time notification of games and social networking on the community-issued iPad will be less than “other” because other includes my morning meditation emails!!!
Sister Ann Regan (Florida)

A daily act of human kindness, in person, by text, by email or by phone call – one a day in 2020.
Marilyn Mackinnon (Associate, California)

Practice self-love. Notice beauty, self, others, creation. Expect uncertainty. Read 30 minutes a day. Focus on one thing at a time. Don’t miss the good things that are happening.
Sister Janet Walton (New York)

I resolve to put energy in my step! And have a welcoming way.
Sister Lydia Nikolaisen (Washington)

A tad more time for prayer and reading and little less time for eating! Sprinkled into the mix, time for some walking.
Shannon Lenet (Associate, New York)

My New Year’s resolution is to pick up where I left off in my line dancing class – still very klutzy but it’s good exercise and fun!
Sister Judy Ryan (Washington)

Keep in mind: Always be kind.
Sister Mary Annette Dworshak (Washington)

To find peace in present moments rather than entering into worry about future moments.
Therese Fenzl (Associate and Lay Consecrated, California)

My 2020 resolution: No more procrastinating!
Patricia Boroughs (Associate, California)

I often joke that New Year’s resolutions go in one year and out the other. For 2020, I plan on sharpening my listening skills, and to try to be a better listener. No more “in one ear and out the other!”
Rita Jacques (Associate, Ontario)

My resolution is more long walks and a little less sitting around watching Judge Judy.
Sandy Vroman (Lay Consecrated, Oregon)

My goal is to exercise every day and to be grateful for each moment.
Sister Lucinda Peightal (Oregon)

In the spirit and practice of living sustainably, I will wash and reuse re-sealable bags!
Sister Jo’Ann De Quattro (California)

I resolve to pray for the President … sincerely.
Judy Killion (Associate, Washington)

My resolution is to respond to personal e-mails promptly. You’re the first! Happy New Year!!!
Sister Joan Dixon (Washington)

Hospitality Brings Hope at Rose Haven

Hospitality Brings Hope at Rose Haven

Families are regular guests at Rose Haven in Portland, OR, which offers a clothes closet, a food pantry and a noontime meal Mondays through Fridays. Guests have access to private showers and programs for children, including an annual back-to-school fair that provides school supplies and a holiday gathering that distributes brand-new gifts to children.

Like many other U.S. cities, Portland, OR is facing a housing crisis. Amid the dark clouds of homelessness, there exists a light of hope and help. Rose Haven, started in 1997 by Good Shepherd Sister Cathie Boerboom, provides a day shelter and community center for women and children experiencing poverty, trauma, and mental and physical health challenges.

From nearly the beginning, Holy Names Sister Judy Bertoli was a weekly volunteer. She spent several hours most Tuesdays as a welcoming presence of hospitality among Rose Haven guests, listening to their stories with a willing ear, enjoying their company with a gracious smile, and being a spiritual companion with a loving heart. Traveling an hour each way by bus into Northwest Portland, she brought a one-of-kind healing energy to guests and staff alike.

As a regular volunteer, Sister Judy saw the impact of Rose Haven’s ID Replacement Program and secured a grant from the SNJM Ministry Fund to support it. The women and children who frequent Rose Haven are among the most disenfranchised in the city. They experience isolation and invisibility on a daily basis. Lack of proper identification makes their problems worse.

Rose Haven guest Lynne knows first-hand how important the ID program is. Living outside, her possessions have been stolen, sometimes repeatedly. Without ID, she could not check into night shelter, utilize community clinic services or access the food bank. It is a challenge to replace identification, and the fees are more than a person experiencing poverty can afford.

Rose Haven helps guests like Lynne replace lost or stolen ID. The reinstatement of her ID quite literally reaffirmed her existence and transformed her life.

Thanks to the Sisters of the Holy Names and the support of donors to the SNJM Ministry Fund, Rose Haven provided 194 IDs or vital records in 2018 for women and children experiencing homelessness or abuse.

Sister Judy’s impact is felt by the women who can take their rightful place in society thanks to the center and its ID replacement program.


Sister Judy Bertoli has been sowing the seeds of hospitality and welcome at Rose Haven from its early days.

Zadorian, Sister Jean

Zadorian, Sister Jean

Sister Jean Zadorian, SNJM

(Sister M. Charles Patrick)

February 15, 1932 – November 10, 2019

Sister Jean Zadorian, SNJM departed this life on November 10, 2019 at Devonshire Senior Residence, Windsor, Ontario.

Sister Jean celebrated 87 years of life and 64 years of her religious profession.

Mass of Resurrection was celebrated on Thursday, November 21, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Corpus Christi Church, Windsor, Ontario.

Burial took place folowing the funeral at Heavenly Rest Cemetery, Windsor, Ontario.

Bartheld, Sister Sylvia

Bartheld, Sister Sylvia

Sister Sylvia Bartheld, SNJM

(Sister M. Catherine Elizabeth)

November 25, 1931 – November 13, 2019

Sister Sylvia Bartheld, SNJM departed this life on November 13, 2019 at Saratoga Retirement Community, Saratoga, California.

Sister Sylvia celebrated 87 years of life and 68 years of her religious profession.

Her Mass of Resurrection was celebrated on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Spirit Chapel, Campbell, California.

Burial took place at 1:30 p.m. at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward, California.

Piché, Sister Irène

Piché, Sister Irène

Sister Irène Piché, SNJM

(Sister Rose Alberta)

January 31, 1919 – November 2, 2019

Sister Irène Piché, SNJM departed this life on November 2, 2019 at Devonshire Seniors Residence, Windsor, Ontario.

Sister Irène celebrated 100 years of life and 78 years of her religious profession.

Mass of Resurrection was celebrated on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. preceded by visitation at 10:00 a.m. at Assumption Church, Rosary Chapel, Windsor, Ontario.

Burial took place at Heavenly Rest Cemetery, Windsor, Ontario.

Photography Featured in the Province Office

Photography Featured in the Province Office

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Larson, Sister Pat

Larson, Sister Pat

Sister Pat Larson, SNJM

(Sister Campion Mary)

January 18, 1929 – October 28, 2019

Sister Patricia Larson, SNJM departed this life on October 28, 2019 at South Hill Village, Spokane, Washington.

Sister Pat celebrated 90 years of life and 70 years of her religious profession.

Mass of Resurrection was celebrated on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at South Hill Village, 3117 E. Chaser Lane, Spokane, Washington.

Burial took place at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane, Washington.

 Sister Patricia Larson, SNJM

Sister Campion Mary

January 18, 1929 – October 28, 2019

Patricia Ann Larson, a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, died early the morning of October 28, 2019, at Memory Care, South Hill Village in Spokane.  On January 18, 1929, Patricia was born into the family of Albin and Anna (Divine) Larson in Spokane, Washington.  The youngest of their seven children, Patricia enjoyed the solidity of her entire grade 1through 12 education at Seattle’s Immaculate Conception elementary and high school. 

Sr. Pat entered the novitiate at Marylhurst, OR in January of 1948.  Known in religion as Sr. Campion Mary, she made her final profession in August 1954.

In August of this year, Sr. Pat celebrated 70 years as a Sister of the Holy Names.  From 1950 until her retirement in 1996, Sr. Pat taught and served as principal or vice-principal in a variety of parish elementary schools in Washington and Oregon.  After retirement, she served on the Intercommunity Housing Board and engaged in volunteer work in Everett while living at St. Mary Magdalen Convent.  She moved to the Convent of the Holy Names (Spokane) in 2007.   With her sense of humor and her desire to create meaning and beauty through art, she excelled as teacher and community member.  She wrote in an autobiographical sketch that “the icing on the cake” was the year she spent in Lesotho with other SNJM missionary Sisters. 

Sister Pat is survived by her religious community, and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members. She is preceded in death by her parents, her six siblings and their spouses. 

Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, November 2, at 11:00 AM at South Hill Village, 3117 E Chaser Lane, Spokane.  Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery.  Memorial gifts may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names Retirement Fund, 5915 S Regal Suite 308, Spokane, WA 99223.