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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Holy Names Sisters celebrate 50 years of Religious life

the Inland Register

(From the May 19, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)

Ten members of the U.S.-Ontario Province of the Sisters of the Holy Names (SNJM) will celebrate the 50th anniversary of profession this year. Four of the Sisters have engaged in ministry in the Spokane Diocese:

Sister Mary Pat Naumes, Medford, Ore.: Her years in ministry have offered Sister Mary Pat opportunities to meet and work with different cultures and gifted colleagues, as well as persons at vulnerable and important moments in their lives. She first was a teacher at Holy Redeemer, Portland, and St. Francis, Bend, Ore., later shifting to Religious Education Director and art teacher at Holy Family, Portland. She next served as a member of the Holy Names Formation Team and worked on art curriculum at several Catholic schools. She was also Religious Education Director for parishes in Walla Walla, Wash., and Queen of Peace, Salem, Ore. Coming full circle, she returned to her alma mater, St. Mary’s, Medford, as liturgist, Director of Community Service, and teacher. Her current ministry is a day retreat for non-profit groups in the Rogue Valley, as well as mentoring Holy Names Associates.

Sister Mary Ann Rawson, Tucson, Ariz., grew up in Okanogan, Wash., and entered the Holy Names community after completing her degree at Holy Names College, Spokane. Her first ministry assignment was Holy Names Academy, Seattle. Later assignments included St. Aloysius, Spokane; Holy Rosary, Pomeroy, Wash.; and Christ the King, Richland, Wash. She taught piano and music education in the school and did pastoral work directing choirs and training ministers and cantors. She then changed direction, taking a year of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), then later becoming Pastoral Associate at St. Stanislaus Parish, Lewiston, Idaho. A warmer climate beckoned her, so she worked at Yuma Regional Medical Center, taking another CPE course. She then took a chaplaincy position at Carondelet St. Mary’s, St. Joseph’s and Holy Family Center, Tucson. She remains in Tucson, active in parish choirs, chaplaincy, as treasurer of the local Chaplains Association, and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate.

Sister Linda Riggers, Seattle, spent about half her years in Religious life serving in Catholic elementary schools in the Pacific Northwest: Seattle, Tacoma and Spokane, and in Ontario, Ore., where she taught and was an administrator. Currently, she works in the Attendance/Registrar/Health Office at Holy Names Academy, Seattle. For 17 years, Sister Linda worked on Holy Names leadership teams based in Spokane and Quebec, Canada. She also treasures her year of parish ministry in the parishes in Oroville and Tonasket, Wash. Many summers, she enjoyed teaching religious vacation schools in rural towns throughout Washington State. In many of her ministries, she could be spotted riding the bus – metro buses to work or the Greyhound across Washington, around the country. As a cellist, guitarist and singer, music has been a way for Sister Linda to connect with others, to support liturgies, and enrich her spirituality.

Sister Shirley Roberg, Spokane, learned many spiritual practices as a child shadowing her grandmother as this admirable woman led the rosary, went to confession and attended two Masses each weekend. Sister Shirley began teaching at St. Anne, Seattle, then transferred to Immaculate, Everett, teaching seventh and eighth grades. After receiving her master’s degree in educational administration, she served as principal at Immaculate Middle School, St. Mary Immaculate, Seattle, and Sacred Heart, Bellevue. She used her skills of organization in varied positions including serving on the Washington Province Leadership as Executive Assistant, then Provincial, and later as a member of the newly formed U.S.-Ontario Province Leadership Team. Sister Shirley has also served as director of a California halfway house for women parolees, an activity director in a retirement facility, and at a food bank in Spokane.


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