Pizelo, Sister Ann

Pizelo, Sister Ann

Sister Ann Pizelo, SNJM

(Sister Angelo Marie)

September 17, 1937 – July 7, 2021

Sister Ann Pizelo, SNJM departed this life on July 7, 2021 at Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Sister Ann celebrated 83 years of life and 63 years of religious profession.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated in Spokane, Washington on July 31, 2021. More details for this will come later.

A virtual memorial will be held on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. More details for this will come later.

Plans are pending for a memorial Mass in Marylhurst, Oregon at a later date.

Sister Ann Pizelo, SNJM

(Sister Angelo Marie)

September 27, 1937 – July 7, 2021

Sister Ann Pizelo, SNJM, died on July 7 in Lake Oswego, Oregon at Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst.  The daughter of Philip and Ann Frye (Ferraro) Pizelo, Ann was born in Spokane in the back of the grocery store her father owned.  Her mother was born in Canada of Italian immigrants, and her father came to the United States from Italy at the age of 14.

A warm Italian family, the Pizelos made their home in St. Aloysius parish.  Mr. Pizelo’s grocery store was not far from the railroad tracks, and he was known as kind and generous to all who traveled the rails during the Depression and the years following.

Ann was very musical, loved singing, and played the violin.  While in high school at Holy Names Academy, sports became her passion and she excelled at several of them. After her graduation in 1955, Ann entered the Sisters of the Holy Names at Marylhurst, receiving the religious name Sister Angelo Marie.

Her early years of professional life were spent in the classroom as a primary grade teacher in Washington and Oregon, but soon her administrative gifts were called upon in a variety of positions.  Her tenure as grade school principal in Auburn, Bellevue and Seattle is remembered by parents and students who dearly loved her.  She was then called upon to be principal at Holy Names Academy in Seattle.  During this time she completed a BS in Education at Marylhurst College and an M.Ed. in Administration at Central Washington State College.

After 17 years as a principal Sister Ann moved into parish ministry, feeling that adults needed the same nurturing ministry as children do.  She served as pastoral associate at Visitation Parish, Tacoma and then became the resident pastor at St. Joseph’s Parish, Spokane for 10 years.

In 2000 Sister Ann was selected to be the Provincial Director of the Washington Province of the Holy Names Sisters.  She is remembered for her compassion, wisdom and humor as she guided the Sisters through many changes.

At the end of her term Sister Ann took over the administration of Our Place, an organization providing emergency food, clothing and many other services to the people in the West Central neighborhood of Spokane.

In 2019, Sister Ann, now retired, moved from Spokane to Oregon to join the resident community at Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst, Lake Oswego.

Sister Ann’s life was not only one of passionate care for the poor and those in need, but she was known for her love of life and her enjoyment of being with friends and family.

Sister Ann is survived by her brother, Angelo Pizelo, her nieces and nephews, and members of her religious community. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 1503 W Dean, Spokane, WA. Plans for Memorial Mass at Marylhurst are pending and will be announced later. Remembrances may be made to Our Place Ministries, 1509 W College Ave, Spokane, WA  99201 or Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 398, Marylhurst, OR 97036 or online at www.snjmusontario.org/donate.

Kearney, Sister June

Kearney, Sister June

Sister June Kearney, SNJM

(Sister Paul Michael)

June 23, 1929 – July 6, 2021

Sister June Kearney, SNJM departed this life on July 6, 2021 at Merrill Gardens in Campbell, Califronia.

Sister June celebrated 92 years of life and 56 years of religious profession.

A virtual memorial will be held on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. More details for this will come later.

A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated in her memory at a future date.

Buzard, Sister Kate

Buzard, Sister Kate

Sister Kate Buzard, SNJM

(Sister M. Marcella Rose)

August 6, 1932 – June 17, 2021

Sister Kate Buzard, SNJM departed this life on June 17, 2021 at Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Sister Kate celebrated 88 years of life and 68 years of religious profession.

Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced later.

Sister Kathleen Buzard, SNJM

(Sister Marcella Rose)

August 6, 1932 – June 17, 2021

Sister Kathleen “Kate” Buzard, SNJM, 88, died on June 17 in Lake Oswego. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced later.

The daughter of Ralph and Kathleen Early Buzard, Kate grew up in Seattle along with two sisters and a brother. From her father, a captain on sea-going tugs on the Alaska-Seattle run, she learned a love of the sea and outdoors. One of her happiest memories of her father was going to the Ballard Locks to wait for his boat to come home and hopping on board as he came through the locks. From her Irish-born mother she learned that faith and prayer are the most essential elements in life as well as a sense of organization and a sense of humor. While in high school Kate turned out for all sports, even basketball despite her short stature, and developed a keen interest that remained all her life as a diehard fan of the Seattle Mariners and the Gonzaga University teams.

Following her high school graduation from Holy Names Academy in 1950, she entered the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary at Marylhurst, Oregon, receiving the religious name Sister Marcella Rose.

Much of Sister Kate’s career was spent in education, teaching in Holy Names grade schools in Seattle, Spokane and Richland in Washington and Los Angeles and Oakland in California. During this time she completed her BA at Holy Names College, Spokane, and an MA in Special Education from Holy Names College, Oakland. These years in formal education also included several years at Holy Names College, Oakland, including eight years as the Director of Financial Aid.

Feeling a call to parish ministry, she completed the Pastoral Administration Certification Program through the Archdiocese of Seattle. She held positions as pastoral associate or administrator in several Seattle-area parishes including Holy Family, St. Paul, St. Matthew and Our Lady of the Lake. She also served as plant manager and treasurer for the Convent of the Holy Names. Spokane, and returned later to be administrator.

In retirement, Sister Kate was a treasured volunteer at Our Place Ministries, Spokane, offering her talents in several capacities. She meet daily with clients to determine how best to meet their emergency needs whether it be the food or clothing bank, utility assistance, classes or more. And beyond “intake volunteer,” she served on the board of directors, as treasurer of the corporation and as chair of the finance committee. Nominated in 2016 by Our Place, Sister Kate received the Community Champion Award from Molina Healthcare. They said of Sister Kate: “She treats everyone with empathy and care, sharing this caring and ministering spirit with all who come to Our Place, despite where they are from or how difficult their stories may be. Her work inspires us all. Because of her compassion, she gives people hope. Sister Kate is a true role model.”

In everything she did, Sister Kate was known for her enthusiasm, energy, and dedication.

A Holy Names Sister for 68 years, Sister Kate is survived by her nieces and nephews and members of her religious community. Remembrances may be made to Our Place Ministries, 1509 W College Ave., Spokane, WA 99201 or Sisters of the Holy Names, PO Box 398, Marylhurst, OR 97036 or online at www.snjmusontario.org/donate.

Hussey, Sister Miriam Henry

Hussey, Sister Miriam Henry

Sister Miriam Henry Hussey, SNJM

(Kathryn Grace Hussey)

October 23, 1925 – May 29, 2021

Sister Miram Henry Hussey, SNJM departed this life on May 29, 2021 at Saratoga Retirement Community in Saratoga, California.

Sister Miriam Henry celebrated 95 years of life and 74 years of religious profession.

A virtual memorial will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

A mass of Resurrection will be celebrated in her memory at a future date.

Building a Bridge for Immigrants

Building a Bridge for Immigrants

June 4, 2021

Sister Susan Wells, while working in Washington’s Skagit Valley north of Seattle, witnessed the needs of the immigrant community every day. She got involved with Immigrant Resources and Immediate Support (IRIS), serving on its Community Advisory Board and volunteering. She saw first-hand the positive difference the organization made for people who need help.

Last spring, with Sister Susan’s recommendation, the Sisters of the Holy Names provided a grant to IRIS to fund the Immigrant Bridge Support program. The goal of the program is to provide immediate assistance to immigrants facing a temporary crisis. Many of the IRIS clients are women and children fleeing violence in their countries of origin. Some are recent arrivals; others have been in the U.S. for a longer period of time but are experiencing a temporary economic crisis, such as a job loss or medical issues.

COVID-19 has made struggles for immigrants even more significant, causing lost income, loss of childcare and health emergencies. SNJM funding provided assistance with rent, food and household needs for more than 60 people.

One asylum-seeking mother and her three children, including a baby with Down syndrome and a heart condition, could not find housing. Local shelters were at capacity due to COVID restrictions. IRIS, thanks to SNJM support, provided interim housing and a bridge to a better future. The family moved into their own apartment in January 2021.

The SNJM Immigrant and Refugee grant program is made possible by benefactors who want to “welcome the stranger” by caring for newcomers to our country. Sister Susan said, “I am excited by our SNJM collaboration with IRIS and to see firsthand how that collaboration is providing urgently needed resources for our immigrant sisters and brothers.”

IPJC Honors Linda Haydock, SNJM with Thea Bowman Award

IPJC Honors Linda Haydock, SNJM with Thea Bowman Award

May 11, 2021

Sister Linda speaks at IPJC’s virtual spring benefit.

The Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center has established an award in the name of pioneering educator Sister Thea Bowman, and Holy Names Sister Linda Haydock is the first recipient.

At the center’s spring benefit event on May 2, IPJC Board chair John Hickman recalled how Sister Linda, the center’s founding executive director, led the organization for over 25 years “to speak truth to power with love in chanceries and boardrooms (and) gathered youth in community and women on the margins to act for social change.”

When IPJC had its second convocation in 2001, Sister Thea, a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, was part of its celebration of significant women in Catholic history. They were, Hickman said, “women who have shared their dreams for our church, trusted their vision, tended their faith and lit the fire of transformation.” He added, “We raised up Thea Bowman, a voice for justice and racial understanding. Tonight, we raise up and honor Sister Linda Haydock, a voice for justice who believes and lives, ‘If you dream it, you can do it!’”

Sister Linda gave the keynote address at the spring benefit, and Holy Names Sister Mary Rita Rohde joined with Franciscan Sister Pat Millen to open the virtual gathering with prayer. A recording of the event is available on YouTube.

In the 1980s, Sister Linda brought Sister Thea to Holy Names Academy in Seattle to meet and inspire her students. The students learned about her influential work to advance the education and life of black Catholics in a society dominated by white-controlled institutions and frequently racist attitudes. Sister Thea became a national presence as a teacher, preacher and powerful voice for multiculturalism and educational opportunities for disadvantaged Black people. Global Sisters Report published this story about her legacy in 2015.

Holy Names Sister Helps Select NETWORK’s New Leader

Holy Names Sister Helps Select NETWORK’s New Leader

April 23, 2021

Catherine Ferguson, SNJM speaking at the NETWORK leadership blessing ceremony.

Over the past decade or so, Catholic Sisters have become more visible in the U. S. political arena under the leadership of NETWORK and Sister Simone Campbell. When Sister Simone announced plans last year to retire from her position as executive director, a search committee led by Holy Names Sister Catherine Ferguson stepped up to identify who should lead NETWORK into its next stage.

The search ultimately led to Mary J. Novak becoming the organization’s new executive director this month. Sister Catherine, who has served on NETWORK’s board since 2018, says the process provided a good opportunity to articulate and affirm the values that mobilize members.

Sister Catherine says the search committee recognized the likelihood that a lay person would end up succeeding Sister Simone simply because there are fewer Catholic Sisters now. The committee’s primary focus was therefore on NETWORK’s core leadership needs – strategic vision, commitment to Catholic Social Justice teachings with a desire to work for an anti-racist system, a personal passion for mission and connections with politically influential people in Washington, D.C.

In addition to strong relationships built during many years of working among Catholic Sisters and Jesuits, Novak has been deeply involved in restorative justice. She was the founding Board Chair of Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN), and helped it become an influential advocate for ending the death penalty and promoting restorative justice. An attorney who has worked on behalf of men on California’s death row, she also has served the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and has made a lifetime commitment as an Associate of the Congregation of St. Joseph.

There were certainly moments of wondering during the months of evaluating candidates, Sister Catherine said. “You have to ask, can we ever find someone who can possibly carry on? I think we’ve done a good job. Mary has great Catholic knowledge and commitment, and she’s very collaborative with staff so she can build on their strengths.” Another member of the NETWORK board wrote a prayer to use in the process, which includes this line: “We are seekers, searchers, dreamers and hopers. We are discerning together Your paths and the ways You are calling us to co-create and re-create your gap-mending vision of wholeness. We grow from the foundation laid by previous leaders of NETWORK, women who blazed new trails and took us to new heights.”

One way people can join in the work of growing that foundation is to join NETWORK and encourage friends and neighbors to do the same, Sister Catherine said. She also invites all to participate in upcoming NETWORK webinars to prepare for a kick-off rally and Virtual Lobby Day scheduled for May 11-12. Click here to learn more about how to prepare and participate.

Sisters Statement About the Derek Chauvin Verdict

Sisters Statement About the Derek Chauvin Verdict

April 20, 2021

As we reflect on the guilty verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, our thoughts turn to the Black communities who have for so long struggled to secure equal protection of the law, safety for their families and respect for their humanity. As Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, we pray that this verdict will move our fractured society closer to healing.

We pray for George Floyd and his grieving family and community. We also pray for police officers and their families, and for the thousands of people who have engaged in peaceful protests against police killings of people of color in the U.S. Our prayer is that all may be free from the daily threat of violence, and that all may know the sacred value of their lives. In the days to come, as people respond to the news of this verdict, we urge nonviolence and a focus on our shared humanity.

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

Maureen Delaney, SNJM

Diane Enos, SNJM

Marcia Frideger, SNJM

Carol Higgins, SNJM

Linda Patrick, SNJM

Mary Slater, SNJM

 

Bird, Sister Carol

Bird, Sister Carol

Sister Carol Bird, SNJM

(Sister Miriam Paula)

February 19, 1933 – April 15, 2021

Sister Carol Bird, SNJM departed this life on April 15, 2021 in Portland, Oregon.

Sister Carol celebrated 88 years of life and 68 years of religious profession.

 Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced later.

Sister Carol Bird, SNJM

(Sister Miriam Paula)

February 18, 1933 – April 15, 2021

Sister Carol Bird, SNJM, 88, died on April 15 in Portland. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced later.Sister Carol Bird, SNJM, 88, died on April 15 in Portland. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced later.

The daughter of Paul and Nell Dalton Bird, Carol was born in North Bend, Ore. When she was quite young the family moved to The Dalles, Ore., where she grew up. Following her graduation from St. Mary’s Academy in The Dalles, she entered the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary at Marylhurst, Ore., eventually receiving the religious name Sister Miriam Paula.

Sister Carol’s entire career involved music — in the classroom, in the Church, and through private lessons. She taught piano, organ, choir and general music in Holy Names schools in Portland, Eugene, and Lake Oswego in Oregon and in Pomeroy, Seattle and Spokane in Washington.

“I always wanted to teach music,” Sister Carol said. “I wrote that request in my application letter for entering the convent and gratefully they granted my wish.” Over time, she received her education as a music educator at Marylhurst College (BM) and the University of Oregon (MM). For three years, she departed temporarily from her music career and served as attendance secretary at Portland’s St. Mary’s Academy.

As well as the “music nun,” Sister Carol was the “hiking nun.” When she was not teaching, performing or singing, she was drawn to the outdoors. Her hiking adventures culminated in a 400-mile hike with other Holy Names Sisters covering the entire Oregon section of the Pacific Crest Trail. On another occasion she was a guest on a one-month trip to India, including a pilgrimage to New Delhi, hikes to monasteries in the hills, and a week in Bombay.

Until she retired permanently, Sister Carol continued teaching private lessons to piano students.

Reflecting on her years in the SNJM Community, Sister Carol said, “I have had a wonderful life. Although it was not always easy, my religious experience has been absolutely amazing. And I have had the honor of living and working with wonderful women.”

A Holy Names Sister for 68 years, Sister Carol is survived by her sisters, Claire Penners (The Dalles) and Margaret Chastek (Spokane), her nieces and nephews, and members of her religious community. Remembrances may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, PO Box 398, Marylhurst, OR 97036 or online at www.snjmusontario.org/donate.

Mitchell, Sister Susan

Mitchell, Sister Susan

Sister Susan Ann Mitchell, SNJM

October 6, 1948 – March 31, 2021

Sister Susan Ann Mitchell, SNJM departed this life on March 31, 2021 in Portland, Oregon.

Sister Susan celebrated 72 years of life and 51 years of religious profession.

 Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced later.

Sister Susan Ann Mitchell, SNJM

October 6, 1948 – March 31, 2021

Sister Susan Mitchell, SNJM, 72, died on March 31 in Portland, Ore. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced later.  

The daughter of Ben and Grace Hanigan Mitchell, Jr., Susan was the oldest of five children. She was raised in a loving, Catholic family that lived on farms in St. Paul, Beaverton and Newberg, Ore. Hers was a family that worked, played, and prayed together. Sharing in the farm work and household chores, she learned responsibility and a strong work ethic. She was surrounded by a large extended family who have continued to stay connected throughout the years. Susan attended Catholic schools in Beaverton through grade seven, then went to Newberg public schools. She knew she wanted to be a Sister when she was a sophomore in high school. When she told her mother about this desire during her senior year, her mother, who had graduated from Marylhurst Normal School, introduced her to the Sisters of the Holy Names.

Following her high school graduation in 1966 Susan entered the Holy Names Sisters’ Novitiate at Marylhurst, Ore. She experienced historic changes during her five years of initial formation and study at Marylhurst. Vatican II, which initiated groundbreaking changes in the Church and in religious life, had ended the year before. Her first year as a postulant was very much religious life as it had been lived: wearing the traditional long postulant dress, following the common schedule of prayer, work, study, silence and recreation. The years that followed were ones of stimulating and energizing transition to updated dress, theology, and community life.

With the completion of a BS in Education at Marylhurst College, Sister Susan’s first ministry was as a primary teacher for 18 years in Oregon SNJM schools including Holy Redeemer, Portland; Our Lady of the Lake, Lake Oswego, and St. Joseph’s, Salem. These years were an often-tumultuous time of transition in religious life as many Sisters responding to the unmet needs of those on the margins of society began new ministries.

Sister Susan’s next ministry evolved after being introduced by a friend to L’Arche, an international federation of communities of faith where people with and without intellectual disabilities share life and create home together. In 1990 she joined the L’Arche community in Portland whose first home was newly opened. For the next 23 years she lived and worked at L’Arche Portland where she helped to open a second home and assumed the roles of Assistant, Community Coordinator, and finally Community Leader/Executive Director. Sister Susan retired from L’Arche Portland in 2013, remaining an active member of its extended community as a volunteer and participant in community activities.

 Most recently, Sister Susan served as Community Life Coordinator for the Sisters of the Holy Names living at Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst, a continuing care retirement community, sponsored by the Holy Names Sisters.

 A Holy Names Sister for 51 years, Sister Susan is survived by her brothers and sisters Ben (Kayla) Mitchell, Margaret (Bob) Reed, Will (Denise) Mitchell, Mary Rietze, her nieces and nephews, her many friends, members of the L’Arche community and members of her religious community. Remembrances may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, PO Box 398, Marylhurst, OR 97036 or online at www.snjmusontario.org/donate.