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SNJM Statement on Executive Orders Barring Immigrants

As Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary of the U.S.-Ontario Province, a community of over 430 Catholic women religious, we were astounded to learn that refugees were being turned back and refused entry to the U.S., even though they had valid visas from our country. We join with other concerned citizens and members of many faiths in opposition to this action, since it is contrary to the values of our nation, our faith and our religious congregation.

The earliest members of our community – following Jesus’ message “I was a stranger and you welcomed me” – rescued Irish immigrant orphans abandoned at ports along the St. Lawrence River and housed them in their schools. Some Sisters in our congregation today in Canada and the U.S. sponsor or operate temporary homes, especially for women and families who are victims of economic or religious oppression, or refugees from war-torn countries throughout the world. Sisters in every large city where we are located are collaborating with others in local programs to assist refugees and immigrants as they become acclimated to a new home, a new country. Some of our Sisters are refugees themselves; most of our members are children of immigrants. We reverence the Muslim women, their families and their stories when they join with us at various holidays.

Pope Francis has reminded us recently of the connection between the migration crisis and human trafficking. This is an added concern for us, since anti-trafficking education and action have been a significant aspect of our ministry for the past 10 years. At our 2016 General Chapter, we recommitted ourselves “to partner with immigrants, refugees and indigenous people to resist racism, advocate for human rights and create welcoming communities.”

We pray for the safety of this country and invite persons of all faiths, people committed to justice, to join with us in prayer and action for a just and reasonable resolution to this unacceptable refusal to accept and welcome these immigrants displaced from their home countries by such violent and unjust oppression. They, too, have a right to safety and care.

Four Sisters Prepare for Next 'Adventure' of Leading SNJM Congregation

As 2016 draws to an end, four Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) prepare to begin a leadership term that may bring some of the most significant changes in the history of the 173-year-old religious community.

Last July, representatives from all SNJM provinces and sectors gathered in Cornwall, Ontario just outside Quebec Province for the community’s 34th General Chapter. The Chapter is a special convocation the Sisters hold every five years to prayerfully choose new leaders and make major decisions about their future direction and organizational structure. As part of that process, the new Congregational Leadership Team was named. Sister Linda Haydock of Seattle, WA will serve as Congregational Leader, in partnership with three councilors: Sister Lorna Cooney of Dorval, Quebec, Sister Mary Ellen Holohan of Portland, OR and Sister Kathleen Ross of Yakima, WA. They will take office on Jan. 1, 2017 and serve through the end of 2021.

The General Chapter theme, “An Adventure with the Spirit,” seems likely to remain at the center of the Sisters’ ongoing challenge to themselves to listen for God’s voice and live out their mission in their own time. As Gospel women committed to the full development of the human person, they seek to continually renew their engagement with the needs of the world as well as to make wise choices about their own health care and living arrangements as they age.

Sister Linda is a well-respected social justice advocate. As the founding executive director of the Seattle-based Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center, she has ministered on behalf of people on the margins of society. IPJC is a partnership of religious communities that challenges corporations to change unjust practices, advocates for sustainable water resources, seeks to end human trafficking, facilitates empowering action by low-income women through Women’s Justice Circles and fosters opportunities for young adults to gather for justice, spirituality and community building. Sister Linda has nurtured IPJC’s growth as a community-building force for systemic change for economic, racial and environmental justice. She is the recipient of the 2016 Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen Humanitarian Award.

Sister Lorna has worked for many years to promote understanding of the SNJM charism, which is God’s unique gift to the Sisters of the Holy Names to share with the world. She is bilingual and bi-cultural as a native of French-speaking Montreal, Quebec. In addition to serving three prior terms in SNJM Congregational leadership, Sister Lorna heads the Charism Office and is the creator of “Pilgrimage of the Heart,” a retreat experience based on the life of Blessed Marie Rose Durocher and the sacred sites of the religious community she founded.

Sister Mary Ellen is returning to Congregational leadership after ministering for 10 years on the U.S.-Ontario Province Leadership Team, including five years as Provincial leader. Previously, she served as a member of the Congregational Leadership Team and was chosen as its first presiding leader from the United States. Within the Province, her ministries have ranged from outreach to the elderly and sick in a low-income parish to resource and infrastructure management, always working to support the goals of the Congregation.

As founding President of Heritage University, Sister Kathleen is nationally known as a leader in higher education, especially in the field of cross-cultural communication. As provost of Fort Wright College in Spokane, WA in the 1970s, she built partnerships with the people of the Yakima Nation and initiated new opportunities for rural, minority and low-income students to gain four-year college degrees. Her work has been recognized by numerous awards, including the 1989 Harold McGraw Prize in education, the 1991 John Carroll Award from Georgetown University and the 1995 State of Washington Medal of Merit. In 1997, she was selected as a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, also known as the “Genius Grant.”

In the photo (L-R): Sisters Kathleen Ross, Linda Haydock, Mary Ellen Holohan and Lorna Cooney.

Film Focuses on SNJM Partnership With Jonestown, MS

A documentary about the successful partnership between the residents of Jonestown, MS, Teresa Shields, SNJM and the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary has premiered on Mississippi Public Broadcasting. The film, “Enriching Destiny,” is the second part of a documentary series produced by the True Delta Project.

Originally aired on Monday, Dec. 12, the documentary is now available to watch on Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s website. Award-winning Delta Blues musician James “Super Chikan” Johnson provided the film’s soundtrack.

“Enriching Destiny” shows how Jonestown residents and the Sisters worked together to build the Jonestown Family Center for Education and Wellness to bring education and health opportunities to their community. Over a period of more than three decades, the project grew to include a health and fitness club, Montessori pre-school, after-school enrichment and parent education, among other programs.

Sr. Teresa moved to the Delta full-time in 1984. Soon after, she was joined by Kay Burton, SNJM, who also became a strong and positive force for change in the community’s well-being. Earlier this year, Delta native Stan Lang became director of the Jonestown Family Center upon Sr. Teresa’s retirement.

“Enriching Destiny” is the second film MPB TV is airing from the True Delta Project, a series of documentaries produced by Erickson S. Blakney and directed by Dr. Lee Quinby.

You can view the documentary here: http://www.mpbonline.org/enrichingdestiny

Sister Carol Sellman Receives Top Honor at Holy Names High School

Holy Names High School in Oakland, Calif. has bestowed its highest honor, the Blessed Marie Rose Durocher Award, on Carol Sellman, SNJM, who has served on its board for more than a decade.

School leaders cited Sister Carol’s ability to provide leadership and continuity for students, faculty and the school community, especially during times of transition. At present, she serves on the Development & Enrollment Committee and the Executive Committee, in addition to her work on the board of directors. She has cultivated relationships with donors and has supported the important relationship between HNHS and Holy Names University, where she serves as Vice President of Mission Integration.

At the high school’s Fund Her Future Gala Dinner on Oct. 28, audience members applauded as Sister Carol was praised for being a strong and inclusive leader who embodies the Durocher Award criteria of "outstanding leadership and service, and unselfish support to HNHS."

Candidates for the Blessed Marie Rose Durocher Award are nominated confidentially by faculty, staff, Sisters, board members and past awardees, and award decisions are made by committee. The award is not presented every year.

Listen to A Nun's Life Interview with Sisters Sally and Cynthia!

If you missed the recent live interview by A Nun's Life with two wise and wonderful Sisters of the Holy Names, it's now available as a podcast recording. In the recording, Sisters Sally Gunn and Cythnia Canning respond to questions from listeners, talk about their call to religious life and exchange insights about faith and ministry with the program's two hosts.

The Oct. 21 episode was part of the "Motherhouse Road Trip" by Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters Julie Vieira and Maxine Kollasch, who are interviewing Sisters around the United States as they celebrate 10 years of A Nun's Life Ministry serving the online community. An audience of Sisters, Associates and friends was on hand to applaud, laugh and enjoy the conversation in the Holy Spirit Chapel in Campbell, CA. In addition, Martha Rolley, SNJM helped field real-time questions and comments from listeners posting in the chat room, which the audience could read on a projection screen.

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Holy Names Sisters Show Solidarity Through Women’s March

  • Women's March San Jose, CA

    Women's March San Jose, CA

    Mary Haupt, SNJM, Bette Gambonini, BVM, Elizabeth Avalos, BVM, Marilyn Wilson, BVM and Kate Ondreyco, SNJM. Also attending the San Jose March were Rosemary Everett, SNJM, Fran Kearney, SNJM, Mary Becker, SNJM and staff member Alicia Puppione with her family.
  • Barbara Spears, SNJM reads before the March in Washington, DC.

    Barbara Spears, SNJM reads before the March in Washington, DC.

    Barbara Spears, SNJM reading at gathering the night before the March for nonviolent participants.
  • Gathering at St. Peter's Church before the March, Washington DC

    Gathering at St. Peter's Church before the March, Washington DC

    St. Peter's Church gathering prior to March. L-R: Kathleen Keller, SNJM, Jo'Ann De Quattro, SNJM, enthusiastic unknown marcher, Frankie Barber, SNJM, Maureen Delaney, SNJM, Barbara Spears, SNJM, Carroll Ann Kemp, SNJM, Sheila Wooters, Associate candidate, Ann Marean, SNJM, Teresa Shields, SNJM, Pat Corbey, SNJM.
  • Women's March in Washington, DC

    Women's March in Washington, DC

    Barbara Spears, SNJM, Teresa Shields, SNJM and Jo'Ann De Quattro, SNJM.
  • Women's March in Washington, DC

    Women's March in Washington, DC

    Barbara Spears, SNJM and Teresa Shields, SNJM.
  • Women's March in Washington, DC

    Women's March in Washington, DC

    L-R: Sheila Wooters, Associate candidate, Carroll Ann Kemp, SNJM and Pat Corbey, SNJM.
  • Women's March in Washington DC

    Women's March in Washington DC

    Jo'Ann De Quattro, Teresa Shields, Barbara Spears and Maureen Delaney
  • Big Screen view at the Women's March in Washington, DC

    Big Screen view at the Women's March in Washington, DC

    On the screen is Simone Campbell, SSS. This was as close as Maureen Delaney, SNJM, Teresa Shields, SNJM, Barbara Spears, SNJM and Jo'Ann De Quattro, SNJM got to the rally. Thanks to Barbara's determination that those of us who came from a distance should at least get close enough to see this much. We stood here from 10 a.m. to just before 3 p.m. We were unable to move from our spot until the rally ended, then we were able to march. We never saw the other people who were part of our group until we met at a predetermined restaurant in Silver Spring!
  • Students at the Women's March in Washington, DC

    Students at the Women's March in Washington, DC

    Students at the Women's March.
  • HNHS Students at the Women's March in Washington, DC

    HNHS Students at the Women's March in Washington, DC

    Holy Names High School students at the Women's March in Washington, DC.
  • HNHS Students at the Women's March in Washington, DC

    HNHS Students at the Women's March in Washington, DC

    Holy Names High School students with Frankie Barber, SNJM (at far right) at the Women's March in Washington, DC.
  • Teresa Shields, SNJM at the Women's March, Washington, DC

    Teresa Shields, SNJM at the Women's March, Washington, DC

    Teresa Shields, SNJM
  • Maureen Delaney, SNJM at the Women's March, Washington, DC

    Maureen Delaney, SNJM at the Women's March, Washington, DC

    Maureen Delaney, SNJM
  • Maureen Delaney, SNJM and Jo'Ann De Quattro, SNJM at the Women's March in Washington, DC

    Maureen Delaney, SNJM and Jo'Ann De Quattro, SNJM at the Women's March in Washington, DC

    Maureen Delaney, SNJM and Jo'Ann De Quattro, SNJM.
  • Three generations of Hiltons March in Washington, DC

    Three generations of Hiltons March in Washington, DC

    Kathleen Hilton, SNJM marched as part of a three-generation Hilton family delegation at the Women's March on Washington, DC. L-R: Sr. Kathleen, Judith Brusseau (HNA '69), Mary Hilton (HNA '64), niece Rebecca Brusseau and grand-niece Ariel on her father's shoulders.
  • Women's March San Jose, CA

    Women's March San Jose, CA

    Ann Rice, Associate was proud to participate in the San Jose march with so many others. As an Associate and Buddhist priest, this is a picture of the t shirt she wore, to promote peace, equality, inclusivity and compassion.
  • Women's March in McMinnville, OR

    Women's March in McMinnville, OR

    Cathy Beckley, SNJM and Peggy Kennedy, SNJM.
  • Mary Ann Farley, SNJM at the Women's March in Portland, OR

    Mary Ann Farley, SNJM at the Women's March in Portland, OR

    Mary Ann Farley, SNJM and marchers.
  • A Favorite Sign at the Women's March in Portland, OR

    A Favorite Sign at the Women's March in Portland, OR

    We Make America Great.
  • Frodo Okulam, Associate at the Women's March in Portland, OR

    Frodo Okulam, Associate at the Women's March in Portland, OR

    Frodo Okulam, Associate at the Women's March in Portland, OR.
  • Adelante Mujeres marchers in Portland, OR

    Adelante Mujeres marchers in Portland, OR

    Adelante Mujeres marchers in Portland, OR. Barbara Raymond, SNJM second from left in red coat.
  • Adelante Mujeres marchers in Portland, OR

    Adelante Mujeres marchers in Portland, OR

    Adelante Mujeres marchers in Portland, OR.
  • Adelante Mujeres marchers in Portland, OR

    Adelante Mujeres marchers in Portland, OR

  • Adelante Mujeres marchers in Portland, OR

    Adelante Mujeres marchers in Portland, OR

  • Holy Redeemer teacher marches in Portland, OR

    Holy Redeemer teacher marches in Portland, OR

    Linda Brunner, on far left, was a teacher at Holy Redeemer.
  • Portland Marchers

    Portland Marchers

    The view Linda Patrick, SNJM saw near downtown Portland's waterfront, just before the people began to move. She could see people streaming over the bridges to join the march.

    "It was uplifting to be with so many peaceful and committed people. I walked with neighbors. It is only the beginning of the work ahead."
    --Linda Patrick, SNJM
  • HNA Students Preparing for the Women's March in Seattle

    HNA Students Preparing for the Women's March in Seattle

    Holy Names Academy, Seattle students preparing for the Women's March.
  • HNA Students Preparing for the Women's March in Seattle

    HNA Students Preparing for the Women's March in Seattle

    Holy Names Academy, Seattle students prepare for the Women's March.
  • Women's March in Seattle

    Women's March in Seattle

    Holy Names Academy, Seattle students at march.
  • Women's March in Seattle

    Women's March in Seattle

    Holy Names Academy, Seattle students at march.
  • Women's March in Seattle

    Women's March in Seattle

    Crowd at Seattle's march.
  • Women's March in Spokane, WA

    Women's March in Spokane, WA

    Anne Bosserman, SNJM, Associates Yvonne Lopez-Morton and Sally Duffy.
  • Women's March in Spokane, WA

    Women's March in Spokane, WA

    Anne Bosserman, SNJM, Associates Yvonne Lopez-Morton and Sally Duffy.
  • Indigenous People Represented in Spokane March

    Indigenous People Represented in Spokane March

    The Spokane March, which Karen Conlin, SNJM participated, was led by indigenous people. The men have the amazing head dresses, but there were mostly native women leading.
  • Marchers in Spokane, WA

    Marchers in Spokane, WA

  • Women's March in Tampa, FL

    Women's March in Tampa, FL

    L-R: Pat Torres, Associate, Mariellen Blaser, SNJM, Sharon West, Associate candidate, Alice Newell, retired AHN Spanish teacher, Cecilia Vargas, Associate, Maureen Raimo, Associate and Lisa Perkowski, IHM, head of the AHN art department. Dolores Wehle, SNJM and Jennifer Perrella, AHN alumna and daughter of Associate Judy Perrella were also there.
  • Women's March at Mary's Woods, OR

    Women's March at Mary's Woods, OR

    Women's March at Mary's Woods, OR
  • Women's March at Mary's Woods, OR

    Women's March at Mary's Woods, OR

    Women's March at Mary's Woods, OR
  • Women's March at Mary's Woods, OR

    Women's March at Mary's Woods, OR

    Women's March at Mary's Woods, OR
  • HNHS Maloney

    HNHS Maloney "girls" March in Bologna, Italy

    Joanne Maloney Chiarelli (HNHS 1971) marched in Bologna, Italy where she lives with her family. She teaches at the University of Bologna. She is chair of Democrats Abroad committee in Bologna, Italy and is a strong advocate for women's rights.
  • HNHS Maloney

    HNHS Maloney "girls" in Las Vegas

    Kathy Maloney (HNHS '60) (HNU'64) in Las Vegas, NV at the Women's March Jan, 21, 2017. Her first teaching assignment was with the SNJMs at Our Lady of Lourdes in Oakland CA and went on to teach and be principal in the Oakland public schools for 20 years.
  • HNHS Maloney

    HNHS Maloney "girls" in San Francisco

    Mary Anne Maloney-West (HNHS '70) marching San Francisco.
  • HNHS Maloney

    HNHS Maloney "girls" march in Oakland, CA

    L-R: front row Susan Maloney, SNJM (HNHS '65) Nancy Maloney (HNHS '63), Brother in law Bob, niece Seraphina and friend Lynore
  • Women's March in Oakland, CA

    Women's March in Oakland, CA

    Barbara Nixon, SNJM, friendly marchers, Dianne Nixon, SNJM.
  • Women's March in Oakland, CA

    Women's March in Oakland, CA

    Sophia Park, SNJM with some Holy Names University students and faculty.

    Holy Names Sisters Show Solidarity Through Women’s March

    Sisters of the Holy Names poured out messages of love, welcome and inspiration at historic Women’s March activities throughout the U.S. and beyond last weekend.

    In Washington, DC, Sisters prayed with women religious from other communities at St. Peter’s Church before heading out to march among family members, friends, alumnae of their schools and many new faces as part of the largest march in the nation. The group included Sisters Kathleen Keller, Jo'Ann De Quattro, Frankie Barber, Maureen Delaney, Barbara Spears, Carroll Ann Kemp, Ann Marean, Teresa Shields, Pat Corbey and Associate candidate Sheila Wooters. Also in the U.S. capital for the massive march were students and staff from Holy Names High School, founded as an SNJM institution in Oakland, CA in 1868.

    The Sisters embraced the chance to find common ground and connect with countless people from different locations and cultural backgrounds.

    “I was so grateful to be together with a large group of women I did not know, with a wide range of issues, and have the opportunity to share and respond with each other,” said Sister Barbara Spears. “It wasn’t just a feel-good experience.”

    Sister Kathleen Hilton marched with three generations of her family, two of whom who are SNJM school alumnae: her sisters Judith Brusseau and Mary Hilton, her niece Rebecca Brusseau and her grandniece Ariel. Flying to the capital from the West Coast was a unique experience, Sister Kathleen added. “Mostly, all flights were filled and the passengers were at least 60% women. The good spirits and easy collective presence that marked the Saturday march was evident on airplanes and in the airports.”

    In Oakland, CA, Sister Rosemary Delaney marched with a SNJM group that included Sisters Cynthia Canning, Rosemary Delaney, Diane Enos (with her sister from Hawaii), Carol Nicklas, Barbara Nixon, Dianne Nixon, Sophia Park, Mary Sullivan and Associate Rosemary Brennan.

    “It was exhilarating to be in the midst of people of all ages and ethnicities – 100,000 strong by the final Oakland Police Department count – standing and walking together for the values we hold as Americans,” said Sister Rosemary. “There were children in strollers and on their parents' shoulders, seniors and others in wheelchairs, families with multiple generations marching together, signs and placards, proclaiming respect, solidarity and determination. It was historic and thrilling!”

    Elsewhere in the Bay Area, the SNJM community was represented in the march held in San Jose, CA by Sisters Kathryn Ondreyco, Rosemary Everett, Fran Kearney and Mary Becker as well as SNJM staff member Alicia Puppione and members of her family. Sister Mary Haupt marched with Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Bette Gambonini, Elizabeth Avalos and Marilyn Wilson. SNJM Associate Ann Rice went to the event wearing a T-shirt with a Zen quotation “to promote peace, equality, inclusivity and compassion.”

    In Portland, OR, Sister Guadalupe Guajardo, a member of the U.S.-Ontario Province Leadership Team, marched with the group No Limits for Women, demonstrating solidarity in the face of discrimination and threats based on racial identity. “As women of the global majority, we held up signs that read ‘What type of world would we be if racism and sexism did not decide us?’” she said. “It was one way to invite all of us to a bigger possibility.”

    Sister Barbara Raymond also marched in Portland alongside a large contingent from Adelante Mujeres, an SNJM-supported organization committed to education and human rights for immigrants.

    Some others went to their local march individually or in small groups, like Associate Delphine Busch and Sisters Judith Mayer and Mary Ann Farley in Portland, Associate Ann Dibble in Yakima, WA, Associate Chris Hillman in Seattle, and Sisters Cathy Beckley and Peggy Kennedy in McMinnville, OR. A few people ran into each other by happenstance; others simply joined the nearest marchers.

    “I could see people streaming over the bridges to join the march. It was uplifting to be with so many peaceful and committed people. I walked with neighbors. It is only the beginning of the work ahead,” said Sister Linda Patrick, who marched in Portland. “I know others who could not walk, but were with us in spirit.”

    Elsewhere in Oregon, Sister Arnadene Bean and her niece marched in the coastal community of Astoria, with thousands of people from “all races, sexual orientation, ages, abilities... People were very happy and helpful to each other and there was delightful creativity in clothing and signs. A loving spirit engulfed the whole of the experience.”

    Meanwhile, Sister Mary Pat Naumes and a friend marched alongside about 8,000 Southern Oregonians in Ashland, OR. To the north, Sister Anne Bosserman, Associate Yvonne Lopez-Morton and Associate Sally Duffy carried a banner in the Spokane, WA march. In Seattle, WA, Holy Names Academy faculty and students held a sign-making party before heading out to join an estimated 175,000 marchers, reported Associate Julie Tilghman, HNA Campus Minister.

    Sister Susan Maloney noted that her late mother, Vera Gaeta Maloney, who graduated from Oakland’s Holy Names High School in 1936 and sent all five of her daughters there, was an inspiration to her during the march. In fact, the five Maloney sisters honored the spirit of women’s education and of SNJM foundress Blessed Mother Marie Rose Durocher as all took part in the march in different parts of the world. Sister Susan and Nancy Maloney marched in Oakland, CA, Kathy Maloney in Las Vegas, NV, Mary Anne Maloney-West in San Francisco, CA and Joanne Maloney-Chiarelli in Bologna, Italy.

    In Florida, Holy Names Sisters and Associates teamed up with faculty and friends from the Academy of the Holy Names, Tampa to participate in the march. Among them were Sister Mariellen Blaser, Associate Pat Torres, Associate candidate Sharon West, retired AHN Spanish teacher Alice Newell, Associate Cecilia Vargas, Associate Maureen Raimo, Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Lisa Perkowski, who heads the AHN art department, Sister Dolores Wehle and Jennifer Perrella, a graduate whose mother is Associate Judy Perrella.

    Sister Kathleen Callaway, President of Ramona Convent Secondary School in Southern California, reached out to the schools alumnae on social media, asking those on Facebook where they had marched. About two dozen responded, with results ranging from both coasts of the U.S. to Barcelona, Spain.

    Sister Donna Hortsch, in the midst of recovering from the flu and contending with wintery weather, found a way to participate and share the spirit of the march with others without even going outdoors. She put up a sign at the SNJM-founded retirement center of Mary’s Woods south of Portland. “I found that many were interested but hesitant to go into town or march outside,” she said. “We had about 30 people, including many men. We met at end of the main hall in the Sandpiper room and marched to fireplace in new resident lounge... We used women’s great power of silence.” Some carried signs shared by Sister Jo’Ann De Quattro that Sister Donna downloaded and printed; others made their own.

    Many Sisters and Associates found other ways to support the march, either by donating funds to help those who attended or praying for them. During the day of women’s marches throughout the world, both small and large acts of solidarity brought the SNJM community together, looking to the future with faith and conviction.

     

    SNJM Celebrations for Feast of the Immaculate Conception

    Across the U.S.-Ontario Province, Sisters and Associates joined to commemorate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in many ways, including Mass, sharing meals and spending time with students. Dec. 8 is a traditional day for Sisters to renew their vows and for Associates to renew their promises. Please see below for a slideshow of images from celebrations from around the Province.

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    Tutwiler Clinic Joins Tallahatchie General Hospital

    The Tutwiler Clinic has officially become a clinic of Tallahatchie General Hospital, a non-profit, critical access hospital located in Charleston, MS. After careful planning and preparation, the Tutwiler Clinic property was acquired by Tallahatchie General Hospital and all of the Clinic's medical providers and staff became employees of the TGH Corporation.

    Sisters Maureen Delaney, Kathleen Hilton and Mary Ellen Holohan, who are SNJM corporate members of Tutwiler Clinic, are grateful for this outcome and sincerely appreciate Dr. Anne Brooks, SNJM, Cora Lee Middleton, SSND, Joann Blomme, OP and Tutwiler Clinic staff and board members, who have worked diligently on all of the required details. Everything is in place for a smooth transition, which ensures uninterrupted health care for residents of the Tutwiler area.

    The Tutwiler Clinic has been an SNJM incorporated ministry since 1984, sponsored first by the New York Province and since 2006 by the U.S.-Ontario Province. Under the capable leadership of Dr. Brooks and staffed by others from the SNJM and multiple other religious communities who have chosen to minister in the Mississippi Delta, this has been a vibrant element of our collective outreach to an under-served rural population with few economic resources.

    Below see a video about the Tutwiler Clinic.

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    'Heritage Bearers of Today' Share Updates on Ministries

    Representatives from organizations founded or sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Names in Oregon described how they are fulfilling the SNJM mission at a breakfast on Oct. 26 at the Province office in Marylhurst, OR.

    The bi-annual Heritage Breakfast included a talk by Maureen Delaney, SNJM of the Province Leadership Team. She spoke about the commitments of the SNJM General Chapter and shared an invitation to collaborate with all SNJM "heritage bearers."

    Attendees from Marylhurst University, Mary's Woods, Holy Names Heritage Center, Youth Villages-Oregon, St. Mary's Academy, SNJM Oregon Regional office, SNJM Oregon Development office and Province department managers introduced themselves and shared highlights of their current ministry work.

    In the photo: Maureen Delaney, SNJM, welcomes representatives of organizations that minister to people throughout the state of Oregon and beyond.

    LCWR Region 15 Meeting Focuses on Justice and Feeding the Hungry

    The U.S.-Ontario Province Leadership Team attends the LCWR Region 15 meetings, which happen twice a year. Last week's meeting in Yakima, WA featured canon lawyer Sharon Holland, IHM and Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center (IPJC) Executive Director Linda Haydock, SNJM (Seattle).

    Sr. Linda provided a new process booklet for faith sharing called "Privilege and Periphery: Risking Transformation," which is based on the resolution passed by the 2016 LCWR Assembly regarding systemic injustice. For copies of this reflection process booklet, contact IPJC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    In keeping with the organization's justice priorities, LCWR members including Mary Rita Rohde, SNJM (pictured at far right) set aside time to make 200 sandwiches to give to homeless people in Yakima.