Sister Linda Haydock chosen to lead her religious community

Sister Linda Haydock was recently chosen as superior general of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. The new congregational leadership team members are, from left, Sister Kathleen Ross, Sister Linda, Sister Mary Ellen Holohan and Sister Lorna Cooney. Photo: Courtesy Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary Sister Linda Haydock was recently chosen as superior general of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. The new congregational leadership team members are, from left, Sister Kathleen Ross, Sister Linda, Sister Mary Ellen Holohan and Sister Lorna Cooney. Photo: Courtesy Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary

The longtime executive director of the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center is leaving that role to become the head of her religious order.

Sister Linda Haydock, who has led IPJC since it began in 1991, has been named the new superior general of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. Her five-year term begins Jan. 1, 2017.

The Holy Names order started in Quebec in 1843. It now has communities in the U.S., Canada, Peru, Brazil, Lesotho and South Africa. In an interview, Sister Linda said her role will involve internally supporting the congregation while expanding its global mission and collaborating further with other religious orders.

“This is an important time, like in many religious communities, to attend to the intercultural and international dimensions of our community,” Sister Linda said.

IPJC was founded in Seattle and now has 22 religious communities across the globe involved in its social justice efforts, Sister Linda said, adding that she has loved her time with the organization.

“It’s been life-giving,” she said, remarking on how the organization has grown over the years, both in size and programming.

IPJC has not chosen a new executive director.

Anna Weaver

Anna Weaver was the multimedia, online and social media editor, and writer for Northwest Catholic from 2013-2018.

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