We, the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, share in the mission
of Jesus by proclaiming the Good News of God’s love.
A letter from our Superior General – Sr. Michael Francine Duncan
The beautiful 50 days of Easter has arrived, culminating with Pentecost on May 28. The feast of Easter during these weeks allows us to celebrate the reality that light conquers darkness, that faith is stronger than doubt and that the love of God is greater than anyone’s hate and injustice. Easter solidifies our hope. Hope in the goodness of people and in the eternity of God.
We can become discouraged by social discord, but Easter challenges us to make our own Easter in the world. We are a people of the resurrected Christ. We share this with our families, our friends and the groups at school, work and church. To be people of faith who believe in the Risen Lord, we need to practice perseverance and believe each day is Easter. Wherever there is justice and reconciliation, we can practice love and joy. When we find our faith there, the Lord of Easter is present.
The joy of Easter helps us in our realities of life. Jesus, during these 50 days, showed His followers (and still shows us) His cross and the wounds of His death. Easter is the source of our hope, it is not within ourselves but in Jesus Christ, the Risen Lord. These 50 days show us what lies beyond the struggles and suffering. Yes, we do have to accept those challenges and yes, we will carry our own cross. It is in our Lord’s death and resurrection that we know we have been set free. We have to say yes to this cross to reach our own resurrection.
Our Sisters ask for your prayers as we continue on our Easter journey. When you need or want the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon to pray for you – we are here to do that. Blessings for your Pentecost. May the Holy Spirit enflame your Love.
Yours in Christ, Sr. Michael Francine Duncan
Visit ssmo.org/contact to send a prayer request or message to the Sisters.
SSMO Vocation Newsletter – May 2023
A monthly publication of news, events and topics important to Community and religious life. Click here to view the May issue.
SSMO Speaker Series:
Dementia – Types, Signs, Symptoms, Diagnosis and more
Register today for our third Speaker Series event for 2023. Date: Monday, May 22Time: 6:30 p.m.Location: Zoom webinarPeople are feeling physically stronger and living longer. Unfortunately, this also means that more people are now living with dementia. Approximately 5.6 million Americans over the age of 65 have dementia and that number is growing.
Nick Lewis, R. Ph., Pharm D. of Consonus Health, Maryville’s pharmacy provider, joins us to discuss how to identify dementia and help our loved ones maintain their quality of life.Visit ssmofoundation.org to learn more about this event. RSVP for this free, interesting and informative event. We hope to see you there.The presentation is free, but requires registration.After you are registered, a Zoom link will be sent to your email 1-2 days prior to the event. Questions? Contact Caroline Fogarty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can’t wait to see you at Pumpkin Ridge!
Registration will be closing soon for the 10th Annual Whole in One Golf Tournament on Wednesday, May 17, at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.
This event is one of the Foundation’s most fun-filled gatherings of the year. Register today for a day of fun, golf, and giving back to the community.
Give:24 is May 24
Joy is everywhere on the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Campus. It’s evident in the Sisters’ community care efforts, Valley Catholic School’s student successes and Maryville’s service with love.
You are invited to experience this joyful spirit as we celebrate Give:24 on Wednesday, May 24.
Give:24 is an annual campus-wide day of giving that strengthens the lives of those served by the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon and their sponsored ministries of Valley Catholic and Maryville. Give today through May 24.
This is Give:24. This is Joy!
If you would like the Sisters to add a special intention to our daily prayers,
please send an email to email@example.com.