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.