Holy Names History – Voting Beans

These black and white beans were used as voting markers by Sisters in California after Vatican II, when the hierarchical structure of religious life began to change in favor of a more democratic system. Photo courtesy of SNJM U.S.-Ontario Archives. We’re sharing...

Holy Names History – Quick Elastic Starch

Sisters in Washington and Oregon used Quick Elastic starch to prepare the coif and bandeau that surrounded their faces when they wore the traditional SNJM habit. Here’s Sister Xavier Mary Courvoisier playing her violin, circa 1962 – Quick Elastic is certainly to thank...

Holy Names History – Tutwiler Tote

This purse is an early creation from the Tutwiler, Mississippi quilters. This group was encouraged by encouraged by Holy Names Sister Maureen Delaney and Dominican Sister JoAnn Blomme, who saw an opportunity for the women in the area to earn income from their...

Holy Names History – Go Cardinals!

A toy megaphone from Sacred Heart Academy in Salem, Oregon. Circa 1980. Go Cardinals! Photo courtesy of SNJM U.S.-Ontario Archives. We’re sharing objects from the Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. The Archives catalogues historical records,...

Beauty in Our World: Sister Maria Faina

July 12, 2022 When Sister Maria reflects on her penchant for “doing art,” as she likes to call it, she credits her parents for nurturing her creativity. She inherited their yearning to bring beauty into their surroundings. She recalls her mother’s ingenuity with...

Beauty in Our World: Sister Jean Morningstar

June 2, 2022 During her college years, Sister Jean enrolled in an art class taught by Sister Maria Luisa Wolfskill (Sr. Mary Luke). With her teacher’s encouragement to develop her talent and to major in art, Sister Jean became an art teacher herself, and in turn...