MARYLHURST — Four Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary whose ministries and links to the congregation first took root in the Archdiocese of Portland are among women celebrating 50 years of religious life this summer.

Sisters Diana Hollcraft (Sister Miriam Virginia), Mollie Reavis (Sister Susan Mary), Joan Saalfeld (Sister Matthew Marie) and Marilyn Schroeder (Sister Maria Benedict) renewed vows at the Chapel of the Holy Names at Marylhurst — the site where they first entered the community 50 years ago.

• Sister Diana decided in third grade that she wanted to become a Holy Names Sister — a decision that never wavered. From 1961 to 1981, she taught music in Portland, Medford and Salem, and then teamed up with two other Holy Names women to teach educators how to incorporate music into the curriculum. In the 1980s she began a spiritual direction ministry. She now serves in Arizona.

• Three generations of Sister Mollie's family had been taught by Holy Names Sisters in Oregon and Washington. Her call to religious life came after she graduated from St. Mary's High School in Medford. After earning a bachelor's degree in mathematics, she spent the next 44 years as a teacher and administrator in Catholic high schools in Eugene, Salem, Medford and at St. Mary's Academy in Portland, where she served for a total of 32 years. She also earned two master's degrees. In 2001, while on sabbatical at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, she began studying Christian-Muslim relations — a ministry she continues in Portland.

• Sister Joan was born in Eugene, where she attended St. Mary’s Grade School and St. Francis High School. She entered the novitiate at Marylhurst, graduated from Marylhurst University in 1964, and taught at Star of the Sea in Astoria and at St. Mary’s Academy in Portland. She completed a Ph.D. in literature and fiction writing at the University of Denver. In 1977 she became a member of the English Department at the University of Portland and taught there for 27 years. From 2003 through 2010 she served in Holy Names provincial leadership. Next fall, she will begin the position of Vice President for Mission Integration at Marylhurst University.

• Sister Marilyn grew up in the Willamette Valley and taught in Holy Names elementary schools in Portland, Salem, Cottage Grove and Coos Bay, and in Bend, where she served as principal. She completed a master of science degree from Portland State University. In 1984 she joined a group that taught at Pope John XXIII School, and later was the only Sister on the faculty at St. John’s in Milwaukie. She teaches middle-grade students at St. Joseph’s School in Salem. During summer breaks, she has taught religious vacation school, including one memorable season in Soldatna, Alaska.

Messages for Jubilarians may be sent to or the Holy Names Sisters Foundation, PO Box 411, Marylhurst, OR 97036.

In October, Sisters of the Holy Names worldwide will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Marie Rose Durocher, who with two companions founded the congregation in Canada. Blessed Marie Rose was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1982.