Mary Jo Hettwer, second from left, professed vows as a Widow of Prayer May 14 at St. Paul Parish in Silverton. Here, she poses after the Mass with Father Tetzel Umingli and other members of the Widows of Prayer, a private association of the faithful: Suzanne McKenzie, Alice Peeters and Carlotta Stricker. Peeters and Stricker traveled from the Midwest for the rite. McKenzie, who attends Mass at Mount Angel Abbey, has been spreading word in the Northwest about the order, which revives an ancient practice in which widows have a special vocation of praying for the church. (Courtesy Suzanne McKenzie)