Feast of the Immaculate Conception & SNJM Associates

On December 8, Holy Names Academy held a Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary liturgy to commemorate the anniversary of the day Blessed Marie Rose Durocher, foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, made her vows in 1844. During this Mass, held at St. Joseph Church, local Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary renewed their vows, and SNJM Associates renewed their promises.

The SNJM website explains, “Associates are men and women who share the values, mission, and charism of the Congregation. Associates pronounce their commitment through public promises, either annually or otherwise, according to the traditions of their respective Provinces. They make a commitment to live the SNJM spirituality in their daily lives and are active in their areas with the values and charism of the Congregation at heart. Those interested in living this type of commitment are accompanied by a process of reflection and discernment over several months. Each entity (province) truly values the presence of associates. There are nearly 600 worldwide.”

Currently, Holy Names Academy has five faculty/staff members who are SNJM Associates: Liz Swift, Kim Dawson, Marianne McGah, Francis Olson, and Julie Tilghman. They help guide the HNA community in its commitment to the Charism and Core Values of the SNJM Sisters. They are invited to participate in the monthly Seattle Mission Center meetings, which include all local Sisters and Associates. We are grateful that these Associates help keep the spirit of Blessed Marie Rose and the SNJM Sisters flourishing in our HNA community.

Holy Names Academy has five faculty/staff members who are SNJM Associates: Julie Tilghman, Kim Dawson, Francis Olson, Liz Swift '71, and Marianne McGah '01 (left to right).

Holy Names Academy has five faculty/staff members who are SNJM Associates: Julie Tilghman, Kim Dawson, Francis Olson, Liz Swift '71, and Marianne McGah '01 (left to right).

Local Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary renewed their vows.

Local Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary renewed their vows.

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