BEAVERTON — The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon (SSMO) paid tribute to seven Sisters who celebrated significant anniversaries of their years in committed, vowed religious life during the annual SSMO Jubilee Mass and reception.
The Jubilarians were honored on Sunday, July 29 at 1:30 p.m. in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel in the SSMO Motherhouse. The SSMO campus is located at 4440 SW 148th Avenue, Beaverton. Additional information about the 2018 Jubilarians is available on the Sisters’ website.
“Each year we anticipate the celebration with our Jubilarians and honor them for their generous contribution to the life of our Community through their commitment to religious life and God,” said Sister Charlene Herinckx, Superior General of the SSMO.
With a combined 445 years of service, this year’s SSMO Jubilarians are: Sr. Angeline Sohler, celebrating 75 years; Sr. Mary Ann Hathaway, celebrating 70 years; Sr. Catherine Hertel, Sr. Delores Klupenger, Sr. John Therese Miller, Sr. Jean Marie Van Dyke, and Sr. Geraldine Brady celebrating 60 years of service.
BELOW: Sr. Jean Marie VanDyke
BELOW: Sr. Catherine Hertel
BELOW: Sr. John Therese Miller
BELOW: Sr. Angeline Sohler
BELOW: Sr. Mary Ann Hathaway
BELOW: Sr. Geraldine Brady
BELOW: Celebrant Archbishop John Vlazny
A unit at Camp Howard is made up of several cabins 5 or 6 to be exact. I had the joy of watching the Unit Director (Maddi Parvankin) and her faithful staff go over the cabin rules for their Greenwood campers (boys up to and including 10 years old). They had the drill down to a precision as each member of the unit took on a topic ranging from the buddy system where you always take someone with you anywhere you go at camp to how you treat the cabin. It was wonderful. The boys knew exactly what the expectations were and conducted themselves accordingly the rest of the week. I then followed them to their first campfire of the week. Great group of kids and staff!
The Camp Store is a favored place for campers and this year is no different. The Camp Store Director has changed however as Cheyenne Cunning graduated from college and began her work career, “Sister Mike,” has stepped into the role and has had a lot of fun creating her own vision of the space. Each director brings their own flavor to the store but one thing doesn’t change, it is a daily function for campers to experience the store and find those items that will enhance their camp experience!
Sister Michael Francine is thrilled to be a part of the Camp Howard staff and grateful for the helpful staff who have kindly made her learning experience much easier!
Sister Mike is a Sister of St. Mary of Oregon (SSMO) and has a special devotion to St. Michael the Archangel.
Wowzers! It is clear the mural in Mary’s Lodge at Camp Howard will finish the building in grand style! The dedication on August 11th will show off the new state of the art food preparation and dining facility, a dream come true for staff at Camp Howard!
Wayne Chin is a well known local artist and art instructor. It is a joy to watch him at work!
ps – He moved the raccoons!