Louise Tibbetts, SNJM
Reflecting on 50 years as a Sister of the Holy Names brings with it much gratitude to my parents Lucille E. Wolcott and Maynard C. Tibbetts who shared with me and my younger brother, Stephen, a love of adventure and an appreciation of excellence in one’s undertakings. My father, a sea captain, and my mother, both a school teacher and respected educator, introduced me to the beauty and wonder of nature in the Pacific Northwest amid family camping trips to a variety of remote destinations in Washington.
Music has been an integral part of my life since the second grade and would come to be a vehicle through which I came to hear, with clarity, a call to religious life. Attempting to listen to God’s continuing call has led me to a variety of places and to doing many things. I have served as a music teacher, nurse’s aide, business administrator, pastoral minister and administrator, hospice chaplain as well as a variety of community service ministries. Living amid a time of paradigm shifts within the Church and in general society has been both life challenging and life stretching.
I have lived and ministered in Seattle and Spokane in Washington, St. Helens and Portland in Oregon, Talkeetna (with missions in Willow & Trapper Creek) and Homer (with missions in Ninilchik & Seldovia) in Alaska and in Montreal in Quebec, Canada. I have been privileged to live with our novices more than several times. Amid the seasons of life, “closings” seem to have been my specialty. These experiences include St. Aloysius Convent, Holy Names Academy as well as assisting in closing Fort Wright College of the Holy Names all of which were in Spokane, Washington. Paradoxically, one of the great joys of my life was living with and getting to know a number of our French Canadian Sisters while assisting in the closing of our Mother House in Montreal. I am now retired and living at Mary’s Woods in Lake Oswego, Oregon. In this year of Jubilee I joyfully anticipate seasons of grace yet to be experienced!