Sr. Anna Weisner
Sr. Anna Weisner
MARYLHURST — This fall the Sisters of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary celebrated anniversaries of 12 women as members of the Holy Names Community in Oregon. This year’s 80-year jubilarian is Sister Frances Harold; 75-year jubilarians are Sisters Rosemarie Kasper and Kathleen Walsh; and 70-year jubilarians are Sisters Mary Richard and Anna Weisner. The 60-year jubilarians are Sisters Sharon Collver (who died Oct. 20), Mary Ann Farley, Nadine Grogan, Mary Anne Jungblut, Barbara Land, Elaine Kraft, Rosalie Orr.

Sister Frances Harold (Mary Karen) of Marylhurst heads the 2019 jubilarian list. This is a year of celebrations — her 100th birthday and her 80th anniversary as a Holy Names Sister. She was a teacher of music and later a director of religious education and traveled the archdiocese introducing the Retirement Fund for Religious.

For 40 years Sister Rosemarie Kasper (Mary Agneda) of Marylhurst was a classroom teacher, the latter years as an art teacher. Her most beloved ministry was as archivist for the Oregon Province. She is proud of her Northwest Coast Native American heritage, participating in the local Kateri Circle and attending the canonization of the first Native American, St. Kateri Tekakwitha.

Sister Kathleen Walsh (Ignatius of Mary) of Portland was a grade and high school teacher, a counselor and registrar at St. Mary’s Academy, and a secretary for the Oregon Province administration. She was a longtime hospice chaplain at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. After retiring she volunteered at Jobs with Justice and Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good.

Sister Mary Richard (Marian Arthur) of Marylhurst is a pioneer resident of Mary’s Woods. She was among the intrepid sisters at the convent who moved for the construction of Mary’s Woods and later returned to create a thriving community. Early on, she was a primary teacher in Holy Names schools.

Sister Anna Weisner (M. Cecile Rose) of Marylhurst loves music which she taught for 20 years before switching to be a classroom teacher and principal. For 16 years she was her mother’s caregiver. Later she was a hospital chaplain in Spokane and, after retiring, a chaplain at the Spokane convent. Now at Mary’s Woods, she continues her music working with a choir in memory care.

Sister Sharon Collver (Mary Raphealann), who died Oct. 20 at Marylhurst, taught primary grades. She also served on the Oregon Provincial Council, led workshops in personality and human relationships, worked as director of religious education, and was a chaplain at the Oregon State Hospital. Until her final illness, she led Bible study at The Madeleine Parish in Northeast Portland.

Sister Mary Ann Farley (M. Angela Therese) of Portland taught first grade and was a principal. After training in clinical pastoral education, she was director of pastoral care and ethics at a hospital in Lewiston, Idaho. For 18 years she was community director at the convent in Spokane. She now volunteers at the Maybelle Center and offers retreats and spiritual direction.

Sister Nadine Grogan (M. Joanne Therese) of Portland taught primary grades. Receiving a master’s degree in theology, she worked in parishes in Alaska and Oregon. Completing a clinical pastoral education program, she was Catholic chaplain at Oregon State Hospital and volunteered at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and at Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst.

Sister Mary Anne Jungblut (Geraldine Mary) of Portland first gave long service in the sisters’ infirmary. She went on to a second career as a classroom teacher and was director of the Volunteers of America Preschool. While teaching, she found time to volunteer at organizations serving the homeless. As a retiree she continues to volunteer.

The ministry of Sister Elaine Kraft (Marian Bernice) of Marylhurst spanned teaching at elementary, secondary and college levels. At Marylhurst College she was chair of the Religious Studies program. She also conducted workshops as a personality and human relationships animator. Sister Elaine is also a skilled quilter.

Sister Barbara Land (M. Joseph Benedict) of Marylhurst taught high school science and math. Honing her computer skills, she worked for the Marylhurst University development office. While there, she completed a certificate program in pastoral ministry. She also worked in the sisters’ infirmary, later using these skills as caregiver for her mother.

Sister Rosalie Orr (Mary Andrea) of Milwaukie served as an elementary teacher and principal. Completing a clinical pastoral education program, she became a hospital chaplain, the last six working in hospice. In retirement, she provided respite care on a volunteer basis and conducted personal spirituality sessions at Coffee Cr