Holy Names History – Christmas Poetry

Many Holy Names Sisters composed poetry, including California Sister Mary Edwin O’Neill (1867-1946), who published “Love on a Christmas Morning,” a charming book of poems relating to Christmas, in 1938. Photos courtesy of SNJM U.S.-Ontario Archives. We’re sharing...

Holy Names History – A Gift from Bing Crosby

Holy Names Sisters received homemade gifts from Bing Crosby!? Yes, it’s true. Here is a shell, painted and decorated for Christmas. The accompanying Christmas card reads, “Crafted at Casa Crosby by loving, if reluctant, hands,” signed by singer Bing Crosby and his...

Holy Names History – Nativity Scene

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,” (Isaiah 9:6). This creche scene was displayed at Ramona Convent Secondary School in Alhambra, California for many years. Photos courtesy of SNJM U.S.-Ontario Archives. We’re sharing objects from the Archives of the...

Holy Names History – Journey to Bethlehem

Sisters often bring home souvenirs from their missions around the world. This folk art depiction of Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem was purchased in Mexico in 1962 and belonged to Oregon Sister Barbara Gfeller. Photo courtesy of SNJM U.S.-Ontario Archives....

Beauty in Our World: Sister Mary Noreen O’Leary

As we celebrate Sister Mary Noreen O’Leary after 100 years of life and 73 years of religious profession, her legacy of using art as “a source of new vision” for creation and education lives on through her work and her countless students. For over 30...

Holy Names History – Memorial Art

Victorians used hair art, worn as jewelry or crafted into elaborate display pieces, to mourn the loss of loved ones. This piece contains the hair of our foundress, Blessed Mother Marie Rose Durocher. Photo courtesy of SNJM U.S.-Ontario Archives. We’re sharing objects...