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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Six Holy Names Sisters mark golden jubilee

the Inland Register

(From the July 21, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

From left: Holy Names Sisters Carol Ann McMullen, Laura Michels, Kay Burton, Diana Hollcraft, Mollie Reavis, and Margaret Evenson. (IR photo courtesy of the Sisters of the Holy Names)

Six Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary who first professed their vows 50 years ago celebrated their golden jubilees and renewed their vows during a May liturgy at the Convent of the Holy Names in Spokane.

The jubilarians are Sisters Kay (Gordon Mary) Burton, Margaret (Harold Mary) Evenson, Diana (Miriam Virginia) Hollcraft, Carol Ann (Mary Ellen) McMullen, Laura Michels, and Mollie (Susan Mary) Reavis.

Sister Kay Burton began her career as an educator in Western Washington. After other experiences, including two years of teaching in Mississippi, she served in Spokane as the Provincial Director for Washington. She returned to the Mississippi Delta in 1989 to begin the Durocher Service Development Program in Jonestown, Miss. She also co-directs A Call to Vietnam, a collaborative program between the Lovers of the Holy Cross and Sisters of the Holy Names along with lay volunteers in Vietnam.

Sister Margaret Evenson continued her education at Fort Wright College in Spokane after becoming a Holy Names Sister. Moving to Western Washington, she taught in Seattle Archdiocese schools for 13 years, and then began a liturgical art studio. Now living in Auburn, Wash., Sister Margaret creates banners, wall hangings, vestments and funeral palls for Catholic churches and those of other traditions.

Sister Diana Hollcraft began teaching music in 1961 to students at St. Boniface School in Uniontown, in the Spokane Diocese. After years in the classroom in Oregon, her focus became helping others to attain spiritual and physical well-being. She now ministers in Arizona.

Sister Carol Ann McMullen taught at Sacred Heart School in Spokane in 1961-1962. In the 1970s in Western Washington, she served as a Director of Religious Education, educated catechists, and was a pastoral associate. During that time she also taught graduate students in the Masterís of Religious Education program at Fort Wright College, Spokane. In the early 1980s in Spokane she served as the Director of Ministries for the Holy Namesí Washington Province. She now teaches graduate courses in the Theology Department at Seattle University.

Sister Laura Michels was born in Chicago. Her family headed to North Dakota, then on to Washington, where she met the Holy Names Sisters in grade 6 at St. Patrick School. In the 1960s she began teaching in the Seattle area, and after receiving a masterís degree, her professional life included school administration in Western Washington. Her home has been Spokane since the 1980s when she first became part of the campus ministry team at Gonzaga University. She has been the liturgy coordinator there ever since, except for a six-year period on the Holy Names Sistersí leadership team for Washington.

Sister Mollie Reavis grew up hearing about the Sisters of the Holy Names: three generations of her family were taught by the Sisters in Spokane and Seattle, Wash., and Portland and Medford, Ore. Her career as an educator was based in Oregon, where she now engages in interfaith dialogue with Muslims and Christians of various denominations.

Messages of congratulations may be sent to:, or mailed to: Washington Partners in Mission, 2911 W. Fort George Wright Dr., Spokane, WA 99224.

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