A Passion for Justice

We are an international congregation of Catholic women religious and associates dedicated to the full development of the human person. Wherever we minister, you will find the spirit and charism of our foundress, Blessed Marie Rose Durocher. As vowed religious and associates, we minister with a deep longing for a new creation, a passion for the reign of Godís justice to be among us. Today, 1000 women and men carry this spirit to three continents. We educate to bring liberation, we stand in solidarity with those who are invisible, discounted and disenfranchised, and we work with others to bring about a world of just relationships.

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About the Sisters of the Holy Names Oregon Partners in Mission

The Oregon Partners in Mission supports the vitality of the Sisters' ministry by creating opportunities for others to share in the Sisters' work, thus assuring resources to fulfill the mission into the future. Through their donations these partners provide for the Sisters general, retirement and ministry needs, as well as for the Holy Names Heritage Center - our archival ministry, our ministries in Lesotho, South Africa and Peru, as well as the Chapel at Mary's Woods.

A recent project completed through this partnership of lay donors and volunteers and the Sisters of the Holy Names was the renovation of the Sisters' 100 year old Chapel on the site of their Provincial Headquarters at Marylhurst, Oregon. Serving as the place of worship for a vibrant faith community comprised of the Sisters, residents of Mary's Woods and the larger community of the tri-county area, this Chapel will continue its sacred history well into the future because of the generosity and vision of our partners in mission.

The Sisters of the Holy Names, an international congregation of Catholic women religious and Associates, work toward the full development of the human person through education and compassion with the hope of building a better world. The Sisters have a special concern for women and vulnerable children and are committed to being responsible stewards of the earth. The province is coordinated by a five-person Leadership Team whose term of office is five years.

The Holy Names Community was founded in Quebec in 1843 by Marie Rose Durocher. Holy Names Sisters have ministered in the Northwest since 1859, the year Oregon became a State. Today, some 600 SNJM Sisters and about 400 Associates — women and men who share our mission, but do not make vows — are part of the U.S.-Ontario Province, formed in 2006 by uniting the five predominantly English-speaking provinces of the Congregation. Worldwide, Sisters of the Holy Names can be found on four continents. Sisters and Associates still carry the fire of their foundress into a wider world of education that embraces parish communities and diverse populations working toward a more just world.

Maryís Woods at Marylhurst expresses the Sisterís charism and mission by providing a continuum of housing and health services in a caring retirement community for many seniors, including their own retired Sisters. Located on 75 acres of natural splendor in Oregonís Willamette River Valley, Maryís Woods offers living options that will meet any retirement lifestyle, as well as a full range of health care services and amenities.  Website



Oregon Partners in Mission  ∑  PO Box 411  ∑  Marylhurst OR 97036

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