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Soup’s On 2013: a delicious success

Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle and his wife Ann enjoy Soup’s On 2013.
Sr. Delores Adelman presents the Silver Ladle award to the Qdoba team.


Youngsters got hugs from the black bear and adults said, “Mmm. Mmm. Good.” as they tasted 20 delicious soups at Soup’s On 2013.  The annual event – now in its third year – benefits the Oregon Food Bank.  It is hosted by the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon with support from the City of Beaverton.

Guests at the 2013 event included Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle, Oregon Food Bank CEO Susannah Morgan and emcee Joe Smith of KGW NewsChannel 8.

Soup’s On is held in the Valley Catholic Athletic Center. Local vendors provide soups, desserts, wine and coffee for the annual soup tasting event. Guests vote on their favorite soups, and awards were presented to the top three vote-getters.

2013 Ladle Award Winners

Gold Ladle Award – Thai Bloom – Chicken Tom Kha
Silver Ladle Award – Qdoba Mexican Grill – Mexican Gumbo
Bronze Ladle Award – Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill – Beer Cheese Soup

Emcee Joe Smith of KGW NewsChannel 8 presents
the Gold Ladle award
to the team from Thai Bloom.
Soup’s On: Making memories



About Soup’s On

Soup’s On draws hundreds of supporters each year. During the event’s three-year history, guests have included U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle.

According to the Oregon Food Bank, 270,000 people eat meals from emergency food boxes every month. Most adult emergency food recipients are looking for work, working, retired or disabled. Thirty-four percent of those receiving emergency food are children.

Plans are already underway for Soup’s On 2014. To find out how you can help feed hungry families and children in our community, please contact the organizers at 503-644-9181 or

Learn more about Soup’s On.


Letter from the Superior General: November 2013

Sr. Charlene Herinckx, Superior General, Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon

Dear Friends and Family,

Each month in this newsletter we present the life of someone who grew in holiness and commitment to God throughout life’s challenges.

This month the person featured has not yet been officially declared a saint by the Catholic Church, but since he had a rather interesting life and because his sister was married to Sr. Marilyn LeDoux’s great uncle, I would like to introduce you to Solanus Casey.  Do you know anyone who worked as a logger, hospital orderly, street car operator, and prison guard before entering high school at the age of 21?  Meet Solanus!

As we begin this month looking forward to the celebration of Thanksgiving, I would like to share a short, favorite prayer of mine: “God, you have given so much to me; give me one thing more, a grateful heart.”

As we ready ourselves for Thanksgiving, know that during this month dedicated to the remembrance of our loved ones who have died, the Sisters will be praying for the beloved deceased of our families and friends.


Sr. Charlene


Honoring the ministry of Fr. Solanus Casey

Born to Irish immigrant parents in Wisconsin, Bernard Francis Casey became a logger, hospital orderly, street car operator, and even a prison guard before studying for the diocesan priesthood.

As Father Solanus Casey, he spent 20 years in New York, Harlem and Yonkers before being assigned to St. Bonaventure Monastery in Detroit

Described as ready to listen to anyone, Fr. Solanus spent his life in the service of people. Learn more about the man known as “The Doorkeeper.”


Learn about “The Adolescent Brain: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”

The SSMO Foundation Speakers Series is a gift to the community that supports our campus. These free, informative discussions complement the SSMO Bethany Center Speaker Series and provide our community with timely educational information from trusted sources.

Our next presentation is “The Adolescent Brain: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.” It will be held on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Valley Catholic Elementary School Cafeteria.  OHSU Associate Professor and Pediatric Neuropsychologist Bonnie J. Nagel, Ph.D. will lead the discussion.

Adolescence is a time of dramatic behavioral, cognitive, and biological change. Learn about cutting-edge research surrounding these changes and why the adolescent period is a vulnerable and challenging time of development.

All of the talks are offered free of charge. We look forward to welcoming you.


An Invitation to Our Advent Retreat

Submitted by Sister Charlene Herinckx, Superior General, Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon

Father Bob Barricks

December! Such a busy time!  Many resolutions such as shopping earlier next year and getting an early start on the Christmas card list are perennial aspirations.

To get the Advent season started in a peaceful and joyous way, consider coming to the Advent Retreat hosted by the Sisters on November 30.

The day will begin with a presentation by Fr. Bob Barricks, familiar to many students and parents on campus for presiding at elementary school Masses.  His presentation will aid us in preparing our hearts for this wonderful season that anticipates the celebration of Christmas.

Following his presentation there will be a short time for prayerful reflection before Mass.  Lunch will follow Mass and then Fr. Bob will make another presentation before the retreat ends at 2:00 p.m.

Please let Sr. Noreen ( know of your intention to attend so that we  have an accurate count for lunch.  Cost: a free-will offering.


Meet the Sisters: Sister Marie Bernadette George

“I had a great love for God and Our Mother Mary, and I wanted to share that love with others.”

In her own words, Sister Marie Bernadette George shares her journey from Holy Cross Parish to the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon (SSMO).

We are proud to honor her ministry and service.  Photos of Sr. Marie Bernadette’s life and ministry are available on our Flickr site.

Sister Marie Bernadette George

My family lived in Holy Cross Parish and it was in the sixth grade that I first thought about becoming a Sister. Sr. Baptista, a very charismatic religion teacher, seemed to be on fire with the love of God.  She inspired her students with her loving example.  With that same love, the girls would make visits to the church at recess, noon hour and after school just to be with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

My family was very religious.  We would say the rosary every evening after dinner. I lived next door to my grandparents, aunt and uncles and I would go with them to Our Mother of Perpetual Help novenas on Tuesday evening and to Mass on Saturday morning. We lived about a mile from church and did not own a car, so we would walk to church. I would go to the Grotto on the bus with my aunt and we would meet my uncle there for the St. Ann Novena.

I had a great desire to go to a Catholic high school so I worked my way through Immaculata Academy. I felt it was a great and wonderful sacrifice, since I had to take several buses to get there. While on the bus, I would pray and ask God to help me to know my vocation. I also prayed to St. Joseph every night and asked him for help. My mother, aunt, uncles, my two sisters, my brother and I were all taught by the Sister of St. Mary of Oregon. The Sisters had a great influence on my family. Some of my siblings were taught by the same Sisters who taught my mother.

Sr. Andre Campau was my seventh and eighth grade teacher; she invited some of her former students to come for the profession ceremony on August 15. When I went to the profession ceremony, Sister Andre asked if I wanted to come as an aspirant to see if I liked religious life. I came in September 1954 and was received into the community as a postulant in February 1955.

After I entered I felt a great peace and joy. This was God’s way of letting me know this is what He wanted me to do for Him.  I had a great love for God and Our Mother Mary, and I wanted to share that love with others. I taught first and second grades hoping to instill in the children that great love for God and Mother Mary. I found that working with little children is always a joy.


SSMO and the Northwest Association of Bishops and Religious Superiors

Submitted by Sister Charlene Herinckx, Superior General, Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon

Left to right: Abbot Neal Roth, OSB; Bishop Joe Tyson of Yakima; Bishop Carlos Sevilla, SJ, Bishop Emeritus of Yakima; Sr. Judith Desmarais, SP; and Bishop William Skylstad, Bishop Emeritus of Spokane.
















In 1969, the bishops and major superiors of women’s religious communities in the Northwest started to meet annually to discuss concerns and issues affecting the lives and ministries of Sisters in service to the Church.  Within three years the major superiors of men’s communities were also invited.  This informal organization known as the Northwest Association of Bishops and Religious Superiors (NABRS) includes leaders from Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, and Alaska.  This gathering provides a wonderful opportunity for the community leaders and the bishops to become acquainted, pray together, and discuss important issues affecting the People of God throughout the Pacific Northwest.

At the recent meeting held in Federal Way, Washington, several new bishops and religious leaders joined the group for the first time.  One of the major topics was the history of ministry to the Native Peoples of the Northwest and how ongoing service might continue.

The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon leadership has participated in this meeting ever since our former Superior General Sister M. Fidelis Kruetzer was part of the originating group.


SSMO and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR)

Submitted by Sister Charlene Herinckx, Superior General, Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon

The Sisters in the leadership of their religious communities in the Pacific Northwest find great camaraderie and support as they meet twice a year.

The regional meetings of the national organization known as the Leadership Conference of Religious Women (LCWR) are usually held in Seattle, Portland, or Spokane and provide an opportunity for prayer, discussion, and planning joint undertakings.

One example is an ongoing 20-year-old project inaugurated by this group, the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center (IPJC) in Seattle. The accomplishments of the small staff of this organization is nothing less than phenomenal!

For a truly inspiring experience, go to the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center website to see how the resources and programs offered have reached international audiences.


The Sisters Want to Remember Your Loved Ones in Their November Intentions

In the Catholic Church, November is dedicated as a month of prayer and remembrance for those who have gone before us. As Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, we observe this centuries-old tradition in many ways, including the All Saints’ Day Mass celebrated at Maryville on November 1 devoted to Maryville residents who have gone home to God in the past year. On behalf of all the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, we invite you to join us in prayerful reflection of those who have gone before us.

Please submit the names of your departed family and friends by emailing them to us and we will include them in the SSMO Convent Chapel’s Book of Intentions and remember your loved ones in Masses and prayer during the month of November. Names can be sent to


Letter from the Superior General: October 2013

Sr. Charlene Herinckx, Superior General, Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon

Dear Families and Friends,

Fall is upon us . . . from the colored and falling leaves to no more need to water the garden.  I am always grateful to live in a place where the four seasons are distinct.

As you will see in this newsletter, the activities and events of the Sisters began anew as the new school year commenced.  September saw several Sisters helping with the Golf Tournament, the Alumni Weekend, the annual Clergy Gathering, and the canning of some of the delicious produce given by the generous, local farmers and gardeners.

Classes began in September at Valley Catholic School as well as at the Motherhouse.  I encourage you to go to our website to see what classes/presentations will be offered through the SSMO Bethany Center this month.

October will find us continuing the classes as well as assisting with our annual fundraiser for the Oregon Food Bank – Soup’s On – on October 5 in the Valley Catholic High School gym.  Tickets are available online.

Which do you think would be more difficult – leaving your homeland (language, culture, family) or founding a new religious Community of Sisters?  The saint featured this month is St. Theodora Guerin.  This brave Sister was sent by her religious Community in France in 1840 to found a new group of Sisters (separate from France) in the wilderness of Indiana.  Her Community’s ministry continues today.

Wishing all the blessings needed at this time!

Sr. Charlene

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