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Sister Sharon Collver, SNJM
(Sister Mary Raphealann)

Sharon Collver, the daughter of Elfrieda and Ralph Collver, was the third of their four daughters all close in age, and to this day close in friendships, who studied at All Saints School and St. Mary’s Academy. Leaving them behind, she entered the Holy Names Novitiate in 1957. This decision did not meet with entire approval from her parents, especially her father, but time, and better acquaintance with all of the Sisters, led to not only approval, but pride in their daughter’s choice of vocation (getting the name Sister Raphaelann did not hurt, either).

After receiving her BS in Education from Marylhurst College she taught first grade in Salem, Medford, and Astoria before becoming one of the first two Sisters to serve as religious education coordinators for children not attending Catholic schools. Later she received an MA in Theology from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA, and continued her work in religious education.

In the middle of all this she took time out to serve Sisters on the Executive Board of the Oregon Province of the Holy Names Sisters, as Personal Development Coordinator for the Province. Into her busy schedule she fit preparation to become a PRH (Personality and Human Relations) animator, which she used to facilitate personal development workshops. For eight years she served as religious issues consultant with Catholic Family Services, and also acted as spiritual director and counselor, teaching Bible classes before moving to St. Rita’s Parish in Portland as Director of Religious Education.

Then came a big change. After preparing for a year at the Oregon State Hospital in their CPE program (Clinical Pastoral Education), she joined the hospital staff as chaplain. She works with patients, helps instruct interns in the program, and continues to conduct prayer and communion services. It’s a long way from the first grade, but much of the same loving concern she had back then goes into her care for those she works with. To relax she likes solving puzzles, reading (especially about her work and theology), walking, and doing a "little work in the kitchen.”

Sister Nadine Grogan, SNJM
(Sister M. Joanne Therese)

Born in Seattle, Sister Nadine Grogan grew up with her twin sister Darline in Washington, Alaska, and Oregon. After her parents separated, she met her future foster family at the Puyallup Fair. Since they were in the carnival business and travelled a lot, they arranged for her to stay at Christie Home for three years. After that Nadine loved her high school years at St. Mary's Academy in downtown Portland.

Nadine enjoyed her teaching in the primary grades and expended her energy teaching religious education after school hours in Astoria, Portland, Lake Oswego, Medford, and The Dalles. Subsequently her desire to study more earned her an MA in Theology from St. Mary’s College, Moraga, California.

Nadine's spirit of adventure and desire to help in the missions led her to apply for a job as Pastoral Associate in Southeast Alaska and later in Anchorage. She directed faith formation, pre-school through adults. After seven years in Alaska, a change brought her back to St. Mary Our Lady of the Dunes in Florence, Oregon, and Christ the King in Milwaukie.

In 1996, she participated in clinical pastoral education at Providence Medical Center, Portland, and in 2003 at Oregon State Hospital in Salem. She ministered as Catholic Chaplain at Oregon State Hospital (Portland Campus) for six years. She also served as a volunteer in pastoral care at Doernbecker Children's Hospital, Mt. St. Joseph's Nursing Home, Hopewell House, and Mary's Woods at Marylhurst.

Presently she is enjoying her retirement, helping with hospitality at O'Hara Hall for visitors across the U.S.-Ontario Province. She continues to visit the sick and elderly and is energized by writing poetry.

Sister Mary Ann Jungblut, SNJM
(Sister Geraldine Mary)

An assignment she didn’t particularly want led Sister Mary Anne Jungblut to an understanding of different personalities and a compassion for those who suffer. Growing up with four brothers and a sister, this daughter of Carl and Alice Jungblut had always dreamed of being a teacher. But the community’s needs led her in another direction. For fifteen years she served as a nurse’s aide and then as an LPN in the Oregon Province Care Center, where she cared for the sick and infirm for five years.

After studying at Portland State University and receiving a BA there, she realized her dream, which she continues to this day: that of using her skills to teach and help young children at Holy Redeemer School, where she has been for 19 years. Her entire teaching career has taken place in Portland, including at the Cathedral and Holy Cross schools. For several years she taught and directed the Volunteers of America preschool.

And although teaching is her great love, she has used her special empathy for the poor and disadvantaged in numerous ways working as a volunteer with Nightwatch and Transition projects, which involved walking the streets of Old Town and Burnside, attending to the needs of the homeless and often destitute men and women there. Her work at the Volunteers of America included helping single parents as well as their children.

In addition to her teaching, Sister Mary Anne can be counted on to help in any community endeavor that calls for her unique talents. Currently she serves on the Vow committees, walking with women preparing to make private vows. She is an excellent cook, and a voracious reader of everything from mystery stories to theology. If you want to hear a good (and oftentimes funny) story about school children, call on this loving teacher.

Sister Elaine Kraft, SNJM
(Sister Marian Bernice)

Sister Elaine Kraft, the only daughter of Oma and Joe Kraft, studied at All Saints School and St. Mary’s Academy before entering the Holy Names Novitiate in 1957. After making vows she earned a BS in Education, and started a varied teaching career that led her to elementary schools in Salem, Eugene, Medford, and Portland. After studying home economics at Oregon State University, she taught at Sacred Heart Academy in Salem for six years. During the summers she studied at Mount Angel Seminary, where she received an MA in theology.

For twenty-four years she worked at Marylhurst College/University in several positions including conference assistant, pastoral ministry, and chair of the religion department. A certified PRH (Personality and Human Relations) animator and educator, she used her skills in campus ministry at Marylhurst for many years..

Study and in-depth workshops in PRH took her to LePuy, France and later to Spain for training sessions. While studying at Mount Angel she visited Rome, Greece and the Holy Land. A PRH trip to Australia resulted in trips to the outback as well as the big cities there.

Closer to home she makes biennial trips to Florida to visit her only brother, and one summer found her spending a week on a Navajo reservation, studying weaving with the masters there. Weaving is still a major interest as are quilting, spinning, and reading. Elaine used to raise angora rabbits for the fur which she spun into glorious scarves and sweaters, but now she limits her weaving to using less exotic materials. That may be the only way she has slowed down pursuing her many interests

Sister Barbara Land, SNJM
(Sister M. Joseph Benedict)

Sister Barbara Land first met the Holy Names Sisters when her family moved to St. Ignatius Parish in Portland in the seventh grade. Prior to that, she had been taught by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary from Scranton, Pennsylvania, at St. Lawrence Parish in Southwest Portland. After attending St. Mary’s Academy in Portland she chose to enter the novitiate at Marylhurst.

She assisted the group mother at Christie School during her senior year of college at Marylhurst. Her major was chemistry with a minor in math. Her first assignment was Sacred Heart Academy in Salem. She also taught at St. Mary’s Academy in Portland and at the high school in Medford. Most of her teaching years, she taught math in Salem. There she also taught some beginning computer skills to students in their math classes.

One year during this time she worked in the Sisters’ infirmary at the Convent at Marylhurst. Later she worked about four years at the Benedictine Nursing Center in Mt. Angel. First she worked as a receptionist and later as a housekeeper. Both experiences acquainted her with the health care field. Now she helps care for her mother at her home.

After leaving teaching she worked at Marylhurst University, first as a secretary in the Religion and Ministry Office and later mostly as a staff member in the Development Office, using and expanding computer skills learned earlier. At Marylhurst she also had the opportunity to take classes because she was an employee.
One of her continuing interests is doing tai chi..

Sister Rosalie Orr, SNJM
(Sister Mary Andrea)

When Sister Rosalie Orr was 12 years old and living in the Midwest, she decided to become a Catholic. The only child of George and Alice Orr, Rosalie found a Franciscan priest who was willing to instruct her, and since her parents made no objection, the independent child was baptized and confirmed before she got to high school.
After moving to Eugene in Oregon, she attended St. Francis High School (now Marist) where the Holy Names Sisters’ joy and prayerful ways inspired her to join them. In 1957 she entered the novitiate, made vows in 1959 and received a Bachelor of Science in Education.

Her teaching career included classes at St. Francis in Bend, Sacred Heart in Medford, St. Mary’s in Eugene, Holy Family in Portland, and culminated in eight years as principal at the Madeleine in Portland. Along the way she earned a MS in religious education at the University of San Francisco.

After a year’s course in the Providence Portland Medical Center’s Clinical Pastoral Education program (CPE), she became a chaplain at the same institution. She spent fourteen years in pastoral care at Providence, working for the last six years with the dying in the hospice program.

Retired now, she still provides respite care on a volunteer basis and indulges in her enjoyment of knitting and cooking. She loves dogs, and they are the models for her experiments when she tries new knitting patterns. Travel has always been a joy to her, and she has gone to England and continental Europe. Trips around the United States led to a memorable one that took her to New York City and Midnight Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. She plans to go to Alaska in the fall.

She is grateful for her vocation and the wonderful people who have accompanied her through the years.


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