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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Holy Names Sister Janyce Bouta professeses perpetual vows

the Inland Register

(From the Feb 24, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Janyce Bouta SNJM On Dec. 8, 2004 Sister Janyce Bouta celebrated her profession of perpetual vows as a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary at the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane.

Sister Janyce, daughter of Alonah Dean and the late Roy Bouta of Auburn, Wash., is one of six children, five of whom survive and live in the Northwest.

Her mother, two siblings, numerous friends, and Sisters and Associates of the Sisters of the Holy Names witnessed and rejoiced with her as she made her commitment to live the evangelical vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience.

She lived and was educated in the Tri-Cities area before the family moved to Auburn, Wash., where she completed high school. She went on to earn her a degree in education at Western Washington University in Bellingham.

After receiving her degree, she started ministry as an elementary school teacher in Kent and also began her discernment of a call to Religious life. She was missioned to teach at St. Francis of Assisi School, Spokane, and St. Joseph School, Seattle, where she taught for 14 years.

She returned to lay life and continued discernment of her call. During these years she served as administrative assistant at St. Patrick Parish, Seattle, assisted with the RCIA program in Cathedral Parish, and ministered as lay extern for St. Joseph Carmelite Monastery. After her discernment, she recognized her call to the Holy Names community and its charism.

Sister Janyce lives in Spokane and is on the staff of the intercommunity-sponsored Women’s Hearth (formerly, Women’s Drop in Center) and is director of SNJM Sabbath Space at St. Francis of Assisi Convent.


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