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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Author honored with sculpture

the Inland Register

(From the Aug. 21, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

A gift of sculpture by Holy Names Sister Paula Mary Turnbull of Spokane to author Mary Gordon was a highlight of an international gathering of the Sisters and Associates of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary last month in Portland, Ore. Forty-two Sisters and Associates from the Diocese of Spokane attended the weeklong meeting. A total of 450 Sisters and Associates from the United States and Ontario, California, attended. Gordon, a professor of English at Barnard College in New York City and author of Circling My Mother: A Memoir, was the keynote speaker. She shared passages from her upcoming book Reading Jesus, which includes her analysis of the power of narrative in John 8:1-11. That passage describes Jesus’ encounter with the woman taken in adultery: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?’ … But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger…” No one knows what he wrote. Sister Paula Mary created a sculpture based on that passage. She and Holy Names Sister Mary Boys, a professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, presented the piece to Mary Gordon. Viewed from one side, the artwork shows Jesus writing on the ground; viewed from the other side, it shows the woman standing. From left: Sister Mary Boys, Sister Paula Turnbull, and Mary Gordon. (IR photo courtesy of the U.S.-Ontario Province of the Sisters of the Holy Names)

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