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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Holy Names Sisters’ awards honor outstanding individuals, groups

the Inland Register

(From the Nov. 10, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

The Sisters of the Holy Names’ Washington Province bestowed their Holy Names Award this year on Rich and Barb Umbdenstock. From left: Holy Names Sister Laura Michels, Washington Province Leadership Team; Sister Ann Pizelo, Provincial; Sister Celine Steinberger, Development Director, Holy Names Award recipients Barb and Rich Umdenstock; and Holy Names Sister Linda Riggers, Washington Province Leadership Team.

The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary presented three awards last month to long-time friends and outstanding leaders.

Richard and Barbara Umbdenstock received the Holy Names Award, which is given to a civic and/or church leaders who inspire others, strongly believe in the Holy Names mission and the power of education, and who promotes justice.

The Umbdenstocks have shared their expertise, wisdom and resources with the Holy Names Community since 1983. In proclaiming their award the Sisters highlighted the Umbdenstocks’ commitment to Gospel values, their promotion of the mission of the church and its ministries of health care, education and social services; and their dedication to working toward justice for women in the church and civic communities.

The Sisters of Providence received the Jesú-Marie Award for their many years of partnership with and support of the Holy Names Community and their 150 years of outstanding dedication to church and civic communities in the Pacific Northwest.

Sister Margaret Botch SP Right: Providence Sister Margaret Botch accepted the Jesú-Marie Award on behalf of the Sisters of Providence.

Sister Margaret Botch, Providence Provincial, accepted the honor on behalf of the Sisters of Providence Community.

The Jesú-Marie Award is given to a couple, family, or group who support the lives of the Holy Names Sisters, promotes their charism, and plays important roles in the church and civic communities.

Holy Names Sister Sister Mary Ann Farley pointed out that the two groups are often called “cousins.” “We are really more like sisters,” she said, “even sharing some clothes, like service to the economically disadvantaged, and special attention to women and children, as demonstrated in our partnership in the Transition ministries.”

Aubrey ManningAubrey Manning (left) received the Marie Rose Award this year. (IR photos from the Sisters of the Holy Names)

Aubrey Manning, the third honoree, recognized as “Sister” in the Seattle-area, one-woman show Late Nite Catechism, received the Marie-Rose Award, which usually is presented to a Holy Names alumna. However, because of her eight years of donning the habit and assuming the demeanor of “Sister,” and her generous, special dedication to the Holy Names Sisters, Manning was designated an honorary alum. She fulfills the award criteria as a woman who “captures the spirit and charism of Blessed Marie-Rose, the SNJM foundress. She is committed to fostering the values of Marie-Rose: education in faith, full development of the human person, and promotion of justice. She is a Gospel woman who acts justly, loves tenderly, and walks humbly with her God.”

Holy Names Sister Celine Steinberger, Development Director, read the proclamations of the honorees. Sister Ann Pizelo, Provincial Director for the Washington Province, presented the awards at Convent of the Holy Names in Spokane.

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