Sister Carolyn Jane Lord, SNJM

(Alma Mary)

November 13, 1934 – April 15, 2019

Sister Carolyn Jane Lord, SNJM departed this life on April 15, 2019 at Marie Rose Center, Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Sister Carolyn celebrated 84 years of life and 64 years of her religious profession.

Her Mass of Resurrection was celebrated on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Chapel of the Holy Names, Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Burial took place following the funeral at Holy Names Cemetery, Marylhurst, Oregon.


Sister Carolyn Jane Lord, SNJM

Alma Mary

November 13, 1934 – April 15, 2019

Sister Carolyn Jane Lord, age 84, died at the Marie-Rose Center at Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst in Lake Oswego, Oregon, April 15, 2019. A member of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for 64 years, her funeral will be held at 11 a.m., May 2, 2019, in the Chapel of the Holy Names, Lake Oswego.

Jane grew up in the Seattle area. In 1953, she entered the Holy Names Sisters and later received the name Sister Alma Mary, after her mother and sister. Upon receiving a B.A. in elementary education at Marylhurst College, she taught in schools in Salem, Portland, Lake Oswego and St. Paul where she was principal. At one time she also served as administrator of the Sisters’ Care Center at Marylhurst for a number of years.

Sensitive to the changes occurring post-Vatican II, she decided early on to get a master’s in theology and religion and to teach adults and do parish ministry. Upon completing her master’s in religious education at Fort Wright College, Spokane, she worked in parishes in St. Helens, Cottage Grove and Sutherlin.

Applying her parish ministry experience, Sister Jane was also a member of the religious education faculty of Marylhurst College. While with the College, she travelled the Northwest visiting many parishes, working with the teachers and teaching theology and scripture courses. She enjoyed going to the different parishes, seeing what they were doing and assisting them with what they needed.

Sister Jane was a gracious, welcoming person with a warm smile and generous spirit. Upon retiring, she was associate director of the Oregon Associate program helping to develop the program to be a full part of the Community. During this time the program was opened to both women and men and to persons who are not Catholic. Sister Jane held strongly: “If their spirituality fits with our spirituality, and their idea of ministry fits with ours and they want to join us, then they are welcome.”

For many years Sister Jane also assisted with hospitality at the Sisters’ guesthouse at Marylhurst and cantored regularly for services in the Sisters’ Chapel.

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