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Many of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon receive a book with the daily readings for Mass, Morning and Evening Prayer. Some of the readings include short biographies. In 2016, the Sisters are studying the lives of women who were foundresses of religious communities in the United States and elsewhere. The Sisters invite you to join them in learning more about these saintly women leaders.

January 2016 – Blessed Anna Rose Gattorno was the Foundress of the Daughters of St. Anne. Their mission was to be “Servants of the poor and ministers of mercy.”

February 2016 –  As the founder of the Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart, Mother Mary Demetrias Cunningham devoted her life to fighting discrimination against the African American community and helping immigrants, the deaf and the poor.

March 2016 – Mother Mary Walsh, Foundress of the Dominican Sisters of the Sick Poor, dedicated herself to a lifetime of charity and mercy.

April 2016 – Blessed Savina Petrilli became the foundress of the Sisters of the Poor of St. Catherine of Siena, caring for those in need.

May 2016 – Sensitive to the needs of the poor, abandoned and sick, Blessed Mary Catherine Kasper became the foundress of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.

June 2016 – During World War I, Magdeleine Hutin’s village in France was bombed and destroyed, her grandmother was shot, and her two brothers died in the war. In 1939, Little Sister Magdeleine of Jesus founded a Roman Catholic community of religious sisters: the Little Sisters of Jesus.

July 2016 – In 1925, Mary Josephine Rogers – now known as Mother Mary Joseph – was elected Mother General of the Maryknoll Sisters. In honor of her life of service, Mother Mary Joseph was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York, on October 12, 2013.

August 2016 – With the eyes of the world on Rio de Janeiro as that city hosts the 2016 Summer Olympics, we share the story of Blessed Barbara Maix, founder of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who was beatified on Nov. 6, 2010, in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

September 2016 – “Humility, simplicity, charity, but above all charity.” Those were the dying words of Blessed Emilie Tavernier-Gamelin. In 1843, with support of the Bishop of Montreal, Emilie founded the Community of the Sisters of Providence (then called “Daughter of Charity, Servants of the Poor”).

October 2016 – “I believe in God. I hope in God. I love. I want to live and die for God.” Those words reflect the life of Henriette Delille, the first native-born African American whose cause for canonization has officially been opened by the Catholic Church. Her ministry was the catalyst for founding the Sisters of the Holy Family.

November 2016 –  Blessed Pauline von Mallinckrodt was born in Minden, Germany, in 1817. Her life and ministry took her from her native Germany to Belgium and then to the New World of the Americas. She is the foundress of the
Sisters of Christian Charity.

December 2016 – The youngest of thirteen children, Frances Cabrini was born on July 15, 1850, in a small village near Milan, Italy. Despite her frail health, Frances and seven other young women founded the Institute of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. After Pope Leo XIII told Frances to travel to the United States, she organized catechism and education classes for orphans and immigrants in the slums of New York City – later extending her ministry across the United States, in Central and South America, and in Europe. In 1909, she became a U.S. citizen. In 1946, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini – known as Mother Cabrini – was canonized, becoming the first American saint.