Bill Leahy and Evelyn Leahy Hankel with their
  Astoria schoolmates Sister Rosemary
  Antonich and Don Malarkey.  Don
  was one of the "Band of Brothers"
  on which the movie of the same
  name was based.               


Students in the 1890's, at the site of the Old St. Mary's in The Dalles, Oregon.  The school continues to operate today. 

      
  Fran Cooley proudly displays the Eugene
  Memory book featuring the four foundresses
  on the cover.  She was taught by one of
  of them.

Sister Lynda Thompson pours over the Salem Memory Book with Richard Portal at the Salem Sustaining Friendship Brunch on March 6, 2005.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 
 
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THE SISTERS 150th YEAR WAS A WONDERFUL CELEBRATION WITH THOUSANDS OF OUR FAMILY, BENEFACTORS AND FRIENDS
2009 was a banner year for the Sisters of the Holy Names in Oregon, the first mission of our Congregation in North America. With a celebratory concert at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on April 26, 2009 featuring 495 singers and musicians, more than 3,000 audience members joined in commemorating our joint achievements. Archbishop John G. Vlazny celebrated a glorious liturgy at the University of Portland's Chiles Center on October 18, 2009, the crowning event of our year of remembrance and thanksgiving. We extend our thanks, once again, to all who made this memorable year possible. Please contact acarr@snjmuson.org if you would like a copy of the programs from either of these events.

SUSTAINING FRIENDSHIP IN PORTLAND CELEBRATED ST. IGNATIUS' 100TH YEAR
MThe Sisters started their mission in Portland, Oregon in 1859. They were there when many of the parochial schools in Portland opened their dorrs. St. Ignatius School was one of those treasure ministry sites. May 31, 2008 hailed this remarkable milestone with a glorious celebration enjoyed by Sisters, Jesuits, alums and parishioners. There is no cost to attend these events, so everyone has the opportunity to join us.

HOLY REDEEMER'S 100TH YEAR PARTY ON FILLED ATTENDEES WITH GREAT MEMORIES
Fr. Joe Corpora, C.S.C, celebrated Mass on October 14, 2007 in a newly renovated 100 year-old Holy Redeemer sanctuary, presenting a new monstrance given to the Parish by the Sisters of the Holy Names. During Mass, Sister Jane Hibbard introduced 36 Sisters who had either taught, ministered or grew up in the Parish. Sister Barbara Collier, principal of the school from 1972 - 1975, said that this was one of the Sisters favorite missions. The neighborhood now boasts a wonderfully diverse population, which was colorfully represented at the Mass. A beautiful gift was given to each Sister in attendance by Principal Anna Raineri. More than 150 crowded into the Parish Hall for a lovely reception following the Mass.

SUSTAINING FRIENDSHIP IN ASTORIA, OREGON AT SAINT MARY STAR OF THE SEA WARM AND WONDERFUL
An honor guard of eight Knights of Columbus in full regalia ushered the Holy Names Sisters into a Commemorative Mass on March 11, 2007 at Saint Mary Star of the Sea Parish filled with treasured alumni and friends.  The Parish and School staff and volunteers did a fabulous job welcoming the Sisters of the Holy Names back to one of their favorite missions.  Current students demonstrated their continued commitment to music and the arts by providing music during Mass and at the Brunch following.  A more beautiful day of fellowship could not be imagined by the Sisters in attendance.

SUSTAINING FRIENDSHIP IN BEND, OREGON AT MCMENAMIN'S OLD ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL A GREAT SUCCESS!
During his homily at the Commemorative Mass on October 8, 2006 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, alum Fr. Jim Logan compared the classrooms of the old St. Francis School to what they are used for today at the school's reincarnation as a McMenamin's Pub, Restaurant and Guest House.  It was quite a delight for the Sisters who taught in those classrooms to marvel at their new and exciting uses!  What an incredible day for all who attended.  Holy Names "star" Sister Kathleen Hepner continues to teach at the New St. Francis School on the other side of town.  She remarked at the event that the people of Bend will always be treasured by the Holy Names Sisters.   TO READ EXCERPTS FROM THE BEND, OREGON CHRONICLES 1936 - 1950, click here

THE DALLES, OREGON WAS THE SITE OF THE SPRING FRIENDSHIP EVENT
Palm Sunday eve, Saturday, April 8, 2006 at St. Peter Church in The Dalles, Oregon, more than 150 guests joined the Sisters to celebrate a shared history in The Dalles since 1864.  Five Holy Names Sisters continue to minister in The Dalles area today. The Mass and dinner was enjoyed with a healthy helping of reminiscing and updates between the Sisters, their friends, alums and family members.  The Foley/Kelly family traveled from far and wide to present the Sisters with a stunning 6 carat diamond ring, which will be displayed as part of the Family History Project in the Heritage Center in 2007.  The ring belonged to the father of Mercedes Foley Kelly and Tom Foley, who told the crowd that their father collected the bauble sometime in the 1920's as payment for a debt. 

Sustaining Friendship events are held twice a year in one of the Sisters eleven Northwest foundational communities.  There is no cost to attend these events, so everyone has the opportunity to join us.  If you want to receive an invitation to one in your area, please contact acarr@snjmuson.org or at 503.675.7110

SISTERS BLESS THE SITE OF THE HOLY NAMES HERITAGE CENTER
The Sisters, their friends and partners in ministry celebrated the development of a new Heritage Center with a blessing and prayer ceremony at the future site of the Center on the Sisters' land at Marylhurst, Oregon on September 18, 2005.  The goal of this resource for education and research is to conserve and retell the significant stories, historical developments as well as the societal impact of the Holy Names Sisters in Pacific Northwest communities since their arrival more than 146 years ago.  The Heritage Center will also be home to the Family History Project.  Construction began on the project in July, 2005 and the Center is expected to open in Spring, 2007. 

EUGENE FRIENDSHIP EVENT A PERFECT TIME OF FRIENDSHIP
Saturday evening, October 8, 2005 found the Sisters, alums, family and friends gathered at St. Mary Church in Eugene, Oregon for a Commemorative Mass followed by a scrumptious dinner in the Parish Center.  The reconnection of those who had not seen each other for years brought tears to many eyes, but laughter to scores of others.  Each attendee received a Memory Book and a Heritage Tree to plant as a reminder of the place each one held in the Sisters' Family Tree.  Attendees were urged to join the Family History Project by joining their own history with the Sisters in the Holy Names Heritage Center.

Sustaining Friendship events are held twice a year in one of the Sisters eleven Northwest foundational communities.  If you want to receive an invitation to one in your area, please contact acarr@snjmuson.org or at 503.675.7110

For More Current Events, please see our calendar in the latest copy of our news tabloid, Ventures



 

 

 





 
 
 


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