Linda Orrick, SNJM

I am the older sister of Jan Cowing, born to Lucille and Olliver “Bang” Orrick in Woodland, California. My early education was with the Sisters of the Holy Cross. I was introduced to the Sisters of the Holy Names when I began at College of the Holy Names. This sealed my fate as a Holy Names Sister. I was attracted by the joyful service of the Sisters, particularly those who lived with us in the residence halls.

Five years later, after first profession as an SNJM, I was back at College of the Holy Names and would live and work with the students and Sisters in the residence halls for the next eleven years.

Studying during the summers, I earned a Master’s Degree in non-profit management from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. This Business and finance degree would direct the next 40 years of my ministry.

After seven years as the Treasurer of the SNJM, California Province, I have served as Treasurer or CFO for four other religious communities of women. I have also had the privilege of being a consultant to many more religious communities of both women and men.

My life has been greatly enriched by my volunteer service as a Trustee or Board Member of numerous organizations particular those working to support the economic self-sufficiency of women.

Each of these experiences has deepened my gratitude for the lifetime gift of being a Sister of the Holy Names and the opportunity to share my life with such a group of wonderfully holy and committed women.