Sisters Applaud President Biden’s Actions Aligned with Gospel Values

Sisters Applaud President Biden’s Actions Aligned with Gospel Values

January 27, 2021

We, the Sisters of the Holy Names U.S.-Ontario Province, a community of women religious who place great value on care for Earth, concern for immigrants, racial justice and respect for all people, are grateful for executive actions which President Joe Biden took during his first week in office that are aligned with our Gospel values.

The president demonstrated care for God’s creation with his swift steps to rejoin the Paris climate agreement and to re-examine policies that promote exploitation of natural resources. He showed compassion for our immigrant brothers and sisters by supporting DACA protections for immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children, revoking an order aimed at excluding undocumented people from the U.S. census, reversing a travel ban targeting primarily Muslim nations, halting construction of a wall along the southern border and calling for an end to “harsh and extreme” immigration law enforcement. His initiative to advance racial justice and end the “1776 Commission” will help to combat “entrenched disparities in our laws and public policies” that have devastated underserved and marginalized communities throughout the U.S. In the midst of the pandemic, President Biden has acted to promote public health and assist people facing great economic stress and fear. His executive orders seeking to mandate mask-wearing and social distancing, accelerate vaccine distribution and extend eviction/foreclosure protections will help keep families afloat, give them hope and save lives. Finally, he has modeled the value of dignity for all people by calling on us to treat one another with civility and respect.

These actions are important steps in beginning to address the human suffering caused by the multiple crises that President Biden identified in his inaugural address. We pray for the success of these efforts, and we add our voices to the many others now calling on Congress to work quickly to approve legislation and funding to move our nation toward a fair and equitable recovery.

Falvey, Sister Michaeline Mary

Falvey, Sister Michaeline Mary

Sister Michaeline Falvey, SNJM

(Barbara Mary Falvey)

November 28, 1924 – January 24, 2021

Sister Michaeline Falvey, SNJM departed this life on January 24, 2021 at Villas at Saratoga in Saratoga, California.

Sister Michaeline Mary celebrated 96 years of life and 75 years of religious profession.

 Information about her virtual memorial and burial will be sent at a future date.

Schrapps, Sister Marcia

Schrapps, Sister Marcia

Sister Marcia Schrapps, SNJM

(Sister Claudia Mary)

August 20, 1928 – January 18, 2021

Sister Marcia Schrapps, SNJM departed this life on January 18, 2021 at South Hill Village in Spokane, Washington.

Sister Marcia celebrated 92 years of life and 72 years of religious profession.

 Funeral services are pending and will be announced later.

Sister Marcia Scrapps, SNJM

Sister Claudia Mary

August 20, 1928 – January 18, 2021

(Sister Claudia Mary)

Sister of the Holy Names Marcia Schrapps died in the early evening of January 18, 2021, at South Hill Village Memory Care in Spokane, Washington. Sister Marcia was born Marcella Mae to Claude G. Schrapps and Beatrice O’Neill Schrapps on August 20, 1928 in Great Falls, Montana. Marcia welcomed her brother Jerome in 1932.  The family moved several times in Marcia’s childhood, and in her junior year of high school she enrolled at Holy Names Academy, Seattle. It is here that she met the Sisters of the Holy Names, and in the summer of 1946, following graduation, she entered their novitiate at Marylhurst, Oregon. On February 5, 1947 Marcia was given the religious name Sister Claudia Mary, she pronounced her perpetual vows on August 5, 1953. 

Sister Marcia’s higher education included her Bachelor of Science in Education from Marylhurst University, a Master’s in Education for Administration from Seattle University, and a variety of classes from Gonzaga University that honed professional skills and provided support for personal and spiritual growth. Sister Marcia’s interests were history, music, drama. Over the next thirty years, from her first teaching assignment in 1948, Sister Marcia taught middle school in parish schools staffed by Sisters of the Holy Names with assignment changes every few years between Oregon and Washington. She added the role of principal to her resume at St. Mary Magdalen School in Everett, Washington. Sister Marcia accepted an assignment as principal of Holy Names Academy, Seattle in 1977. In 1982, she returned to Spokane, where she served as principal of St. Patrick’s School for ten years. In 1993, Sister Marcia began a period as an adjunct professor in Communication Arts at Gonzaga University, and 1996 she became Director of Our Place Community Ministries in the West Central District. She transitioned to volunteer ministry at the Barton School, and continued her connection to Our Place as a volunteer. She retired to the Convent of the Holy Names in 2005 and moved to South Hill Village in 2014. 

The brief biographical outline of Sister Marcia’s life fails to express the heart of this exceptional woman. Found among her papers was a poem written for her that speaks of Sister Marcia’s influence: “… She makes me laugh, she cheers me up when days are dark and gray … She even brought into my life … a furry, friendly poodle dog … A word of praise, a gentle push, she urges me to strive.” Sister Marcia co-authored the book for school children, Our City Spokane; she was a history buff especially on U.S. History and the Presidents. She produced many musical plays and dramas during her years as principal. She knew the lyrics to most any of the “old-standard” songs, using the tune to one, she’d collaborate in writing parodies for community functions. She enjoyed friendships honed over many an evening game of cards. Sister Marcia is fondly remembered as a loving and fun-loving community member; her warmth and caring extended beyond her religious community to the communities of parish, school, or places of social outreach in which she served.   

Sister Marcia is preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Beatrice Schrapps, and her brother Jerome Schrapps. She is survived by her nephew Jay Schrapps (Latha) and niece Claudia McKee and their respective families, her religious community the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary and Affiliates, and the many friends and associates with whom she worked in educational settings or at Our Place Ministries. The Sisters of the Holy Names wish to thank the staff of the Memory Care unit at South Hill Village for their compassionate care of Sister Marcia during the final years of her life. 

Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced later. Memorial gifts may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names Retirement Fund, PO Box 398, Marylhurst, OR 97036 or online at

Public Statement on Violence in the U.S. Capitol

Public Statement on Violence in the U.S. Capitol

January 12, 2021

We, the Sisters of the Holy Names, U.S.-Ontario Province, are appalled by the violence that took place in our nation’s capital on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.

We join with our Sisters, priests, bishops, the World Council of Churches and all people of good will across the United States to echo the words of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious: “We are deeply concerned about the state of our country and the future of our democracy. Our hearts ached as we watched these despicable actions that threaten not only to destroy the seat of our government but to rend the bonds that unite us.”

We stand by statements from:

Maryknoll Sisters: “We condemn all acts of violence and attempts to subvert the exercise of democracy through a free and fair election.”

Adrian Dominicans: “We pray that this shameful moment in history will spur us all to come together as a people, e pluribus unum, committed to the ideals of our democracy, united in our diversity.”

Union of Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary: “We mourn the needless loss of life and are desolated by the lack of accountability of those who hold positions of leadership… We will work with others to do justice and proclaim the Gospel message of hope and peace during this time of great pain and division.”

Simone Campbell SSS, Executive Director of Network: “We the people are for the common good. Our nation is better than this, and I expect all of our elected officials to denounce these crimes.”

As we continue to learn more about the events which occurred on Jan. 6, we are also aware of potential violence aimed at state capitols across the United States, and the risk of a second attempt to take over the U.S. Capitol and/or to disrupt the presidential inauguration on Jan. 20.

We ask that you join our Sisters in prayer, whether you live near us in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Hong Kong and Peru, or anywhere else in the world. Political violence and disruption of democracy in the United States has an impact on us all. We invite you to pray the following prayer every day at noon, your time, until Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are officially president and vice president of the United States.

Prayer for Peace in National Violence

God who is beyond politics and nations,
Christ who transcends the power of violence,
Holy Spirit who animates all people,
Be with our country in this moment of violence, division, and turmoil.
Transform our rage and hate that we might see our brothers and sisters with your eyes.
Break our hearts of stone, give us hearts of love and understanding that your peace might prevail.
(Prayer from the Catholic Health Association of the United States)

Together for a peaceful transfer of power…
Province Leadership Team

Maureen Delaney, SNJM
Diane Enos, SNJM
Marcia Frideger, SNJM
Carol Higgins, SNJM
Linda Patrick, SNJM
Mary Slater, SNJM

Collier, Sister Barbara

Collier, Sister Barbara

Sister Barbara Collier, SNJM

(Sister David Maureen)

November 8, 1926 – November 28, 2020

Sister Barbara Collier, SNJM departed this life on November 28, 2020 in at Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Sister Barbara celebrated 94 years of life and 73 years of religious profession.

 Funeral services are pending in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sister Barbara Collier, SNJM

Sister David Maureen

November 8, 1926 – November 28, 2020

Sister Barbara Collier, SNJM, 94, died on Nov. 28 at Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst in Lake Oswego, Ore. Due to COVID-19, a funeral Mass will be celebrated later.Sister Barbara Collier, SNJM, 94, died on Nov. 28 at Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst in Lake Oswego, Ore. Due to COVID-19, a funeral Mass will be celebrated later.

The daughter of Albert (Don) and Helen Garvey Collier, Barbara grew up in Medford, Ore. Her father died when Barbara was very young, leaving her mother with six children between 5 and 13. She described her mother as an outstanding woman who gave her a great sense of independence. Barbara attended Holy Names schools in Medford throughout her grade and high school years.

During her first year at Marylhurst College, Barbara entered the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary at Marylhurst, Ore., receiving the religious name Sister David Maureen. “Nobody thought I would ever last,” she said, “because I always liked being out, running around doing things.” However, Sister Barbara was to remain true to her call as a Holy Names Sister for over 73 years.

In 1947, Sister Barbara fulfilled a life’s ambition as she began her teaching career working with children in primary grades at Holy Names schools in Portland, Medford, Lake Oswego in Oregon and Spokane, Wash. Education was dear to her. She had a vision for education and went right toward that vision. As a principal at Holy Redeemer and Cathedral schools in Portland, Ore., and St. Rose in Longview, Wash., she was an exemplary administrator and an encouraging support to many beginning teachers and principals. During this time she completed a B.S. in Education at Holy Names College, Spokane, Wash., and a Master of Education with a major in administration at the University of Portland.

In 1975 Sister Barbara was tapped by the Oregon Province to be Coordinator of Ministry where her vision, enthusiasm, energy and sense of humor assisted the province in complex transitional times. She also brought her administrative skills to the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon as Director of School Personnel from 1985-89. She served on the Archdiocesan Board of Education from 1967-1971 and on the School Board for the Diocese of Baker from 1976-1981. She was a long-time member of the Board of Trustees of Marylhurst College and served on several Oregon State Department of Education Committees.

After many years in formal education, Sister Barbara took courses in parish ministry and moved into ministry with a parish. For 8 years, she served as parish administrator for Visitation Parish, Tacoma, Wash.

When she returned to Oregon, she became Community Life Coordinator for the Holy Names Sisters in independent living at Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst retirement community. Following her retirement, she moved to Mary’s Woods where she was active in many facets of resident life and continued to work with the chapel staff facilitating liturgical services in the Sisters’ Chapel. Outgoing, interested and full of ideas, Sister Barbara was a loved friend and mentor to family and friends throughout her life.

Sister Barbara is survived by her nieces and nephews, and members of her religious community. Remembrances may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 398, Marylhurst, OR 97036 or online at