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Many places, many years
Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon photo by Lois O'Halloran
The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon community today.
Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon photo by Lois O'Halloran
The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon community today.
Did you know . . .?
The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon is the only religious Community founded in Oregon?

The Sisters picked hops to earn money to purchase furniture and utensils for their first convent in Sublimity?

The Community was called the Sisters of the Most precious Blood until 1905?
The second Superior General was only 23 and was temporary professed when elected?

The Sisters’ second ministry location was Visitation School in Verboort in 1891 and they have served there continuously until the present?

The first motherhouse was built in 1893-94 and was located on the north side of the Tualatin Valley Highway?

An addition to the Motherhouse in 1902 provided classrooms for St. Mary’s Academy as it was called until 1905?

St. Mary’s Academy (Beaverton) was co-ed until 1905?

Prior to 1900, St. Mary’s Orphanage accommodated both boys and girls from infancy?

The property of the current SSMO campus was purchased in 1903 for $4000 but was not occupied until 1930?

In 1903 Mother Theresa Heuberger required English to be the language of the Community?

The Sisters taught in several public schools until the Garb Law was passed in 1923?

The SSMO Cemetery was relocated from the north side of TV Highway to its present location?

Four SSMOs served in Peru for 7 years?

Our Constitutions were approved by Rome in 1934?

Between 1919 and 1930, 19 Sisters died from various causes and the average age was 38?

In 1919 Mother Juliana Hermens purchased the first car even though no one knew how to drive?

The current Motherhouse building has 5 floors on the east wing and 4 floors on the west wing?

The chapel in the current Motherhouse building was constructed in 1936 and the east wing in 1950-51?

The current high school building was opened in 1969?

Here is a list of ministries of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon over the years.
1886-current — Ministry of Prayer for family, friends, and those in need
1888-1973, 77-87 — St. Boniface Schools and Parish, Sublimity
1891-current — Visitation School, Verboort
1891-1953    — St. Mary’s Home for Boys, Beaverton
1892-1899    — St. Patrick School, Portland
1893-current — St. Mary’s Institute, Beaverton, (St. Mary of the Valley, Valley Catholic School)
1903-1980    — St. Alphonsus Academy, (Sacred Heart School, Tillamook Catholic High School), Tillamook
1907-1923    — St. Louis School, St. Louis, Ore.
1908-1983    — Sacred Heart School, Gervais
1908-1963    — St. Stephen School, Portland
1912-2010    — Holy Cross School and Parish, Portland
1912-1999    — St. Francis School, Roy
1913-1992, 93-95, 2005-10  — St. Cecilia School and Parish, Beaverton
1914-1995, 1999-2001— St. Matthew School, Hillsboro  
1915-1992, 2002-05— St. Agatha School, Portland
1919-1985    — St. John the Baptist Schools and Parish, Milwaukie  
1921-1973    — St. Andrew School, Portland   
1927-1940    — St. Stephen High School, Portland
1928-2006    — Our Lady of Sorrows School, Portland
1929-2002 — St. Mary School, Stayton,
1939-1941    — St. Martin de Porres Nursery School, Portland
1948-1952    — Social Work, St. Stephen’s Parish, Portland
1948-70, 1984-90 1999-current — Central Catholic High School, Portland
1946-1969    — St. Michael School, Grand Ronde
1948-50, 51-59, 64-67, 88-96 — Archdiocese of Portland
1958-1989    — St. Mary School, Spokane, Wash.
1958-1972    — St. Peter School, Spokane, Wash.
1960-1988    — St. Pius X School, Cedar Hills
1961-1971    — Marylhurst College, Marylhurst
1962-87, 1991-2005 — Holy Trinity School, Beaverton
1963-current — Maryville Nursing Home, Beaverton
1963-1973    — Our Lady of Guadalupe School, Seattle, Wash.
1963-1991    — Regis High School, Stayton
1964-1967    — Fort Wright College, Spokane, Wash.
1964-1985, 90-92 — Christ the King School and Parish, Milwaukie  
1966-1987, 90-92 — La Salle High School, Milwaukie
1966-1973    — Tamshiyacu, Peru
1967-1989    — Our Lady of the Mountain Parish, Ashland
1970-1975    — St. John the Apostle Parish, Reedsport
1972-1975    — All Saints Middle School, Spokane, Wash.
1972-1976    — All Saints Primary School, Spokane, Wash.
1972-1977    — Immaculate Heart Retreat House, Spokane, Wash.
1975-1977, 96-2002 — St. Monica Parish, Coos Bay  
1982-2007    — St. Michael Parish, Conrad, Mont.
1984-1985, 87-88, 2001-04 — St. Thomas Parish, Redmond
1984-1986    — St. Paul Parish, Eugene
1984-1991    — Prison ministry, Salem
1984-1996    — St. Alexander Parish, Cornelius
1984-1996    — St. Patrick Parish, Canby
1985-1987    — St. John Parish, Yamhill  
1985-1988    — St. Joseph Parish, Prineville
1985-1989    — St. Wenceslaus Parish, Scappoose
1985-1990 —    St. Patrick Parish, Lakeview
1986-1988    — Mount St. Joseph, Portland
1986-1994    — Catholic Community Services, Portland  
1986-1993    — Diocese of Baker
1986-2004    — Our Lady of Victy Parish, Seaside,and St. Peter the Fisherman Mission, Arch Cape
1987-1990    — Archbishop Howard School, Portland
1987-1996    — St. Thomas Parish, Camas, Wash.
1987-1990, 2008-current — Home Health Care of Parents
1987-current — Counseling
1988-2007    — Religious Retirement Fund, Archdiocese of Portland
1988-1989    — St. John Medical Center, Oxnard, Calif.
1988-1994, 1997-2004 — Star of the Sea School and Parish, Astoria,
1988-1991    — Holy Cross Hospital, Hyattville, Md.
1988-2002    — St. Luke School, Woodburn  
1989-1999    — St. Henry Parish, Gresham
1990-2001    — St. Lucy School, Long Beach, Calif.
1990-1993    — Holy Cross High School, Everett, Wash.
1990-2001    — Providence St. Vincent, Seattle, Wash.
1990-1993    — Sacred Heart School and Parish, Klamath Falls
1990-93, 94-96 — Mount Angel Seminary, Mount Angel
1990-1993    — Ochoco Nursing Home, Prineville
1990-1994    — Notre Dame School, Marysville, Calif.
1990-1996    — St. Joseph Parish, Marysville, Calif.
1990-1999    — St. Edward Parish, North Plains  
1991-96, 2001- current — Valley Catholic Early Learning School, Beaverton,  
1991-2006 — Providence Hospital, Seattle, Wash.
1991-2009    — SSMO Development/Foundation, Beaverton
1992-current — Providence Medford Medical Center, Medford  
1992-1993    — St. Gabriel School, Mound Bayou, Miss.
1993-2003    — Eastside Catholic High School, Bellevue, Wash.
1993-2000, 2003-current — St. Paul School, St. Paul
1993-1999    — Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Vancouver, Wash
1994-1995    — Blessed Sacrament Parish, Ontario
1994-2000    — St. Martin de Pres Parish, Dayton,
1994-2000    — WIAR – AIDS Ministry, Portland
1995-2010    — St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Salem
1995-1999, 2004-10 — St. Joseph School and Parish, Salem
1996-2000    — St. Paul Parish, Silverton  
1996-2002    — St. Francis Parish, Sherwood
1998-current — CYO/Camp Howard, Portland
1998-2000    — St. Mary by the Sea, Rockaway
1998-2001 — Brookside Assisted Living, Redmond,
1999-2005     — National Religious Vocation Conference, Chicago
1999-current — St. Thomas More Parish, Portland
2000-2001    — Archbishop Murphy High School, Everett, Wash
2001-2003    — Oregon Senior and Disabled Services, Redmond
2001-2004    — De La Salle North High School, Portland
2001-2009    — St. Anthony Parish, Forest Grove
2002-current — St. Joseph Shelter, Mount Angel
2002-2007    — St. Clare Parish, Portland
2003-04 — Franciscan Care Center, Tacoma, Wash.
2003-current — Bishop Alemany High School, San Fernando, Calif.
2003-current — Holy Redeemer School, Portland  
2004-current — Body Sacred Massage, Beaverton
2004-2006    — Providence Seaside Hospital, Seaside
2006-2008    — Providence Hospice, Portland
2006-2010    — SSMO Schools Corporation
2006-current — SSMO Ministries Corporation
2008-current — Journeys of the Heart, Hillsboro
2010-current — Ministry Experiences, Mexico

Service within the community for 125 years has included archives, bakery, cleaning, community committees, development, driving, finance, gardens, grounds, handcrafts, infirmary, kitchen, leadership, local and regional superiors, library, maintenance, sewing, vocation and formation ministry.

Sisters have long traveled to rural areas to teach vacation bible school and summer religious education.

The Sisters also minister in various volunteer venues: Archdiocesan Pastal Council, Archdiocesan Seminary Admissions Board, bible study, CCD in parishes, chaperone CYO dances, De La Salle North Catholic High School Board, eucharistic ministers, Faith Café, Festival of the Trees for Providence, hospital visits, Jesus Jamorbee, Leadership Beaverton, Maryville Sacristy and Chaplaincy, Medical Teams International, Oncology Massage Therapy at St. Vincent’s and OHSU, Oregon Catholic Historical Society, post-surgery assistant, RC Challenge Judge, RCIA, religious education in parishes, St. Joseph Shelter, Summer Conference, Teaching English as second language, tutoring, Washington County Community Action Shelter Home/Board, WIAR Board.

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