Sisters of Providence
The ministries of the Sisters of Providence include health care, education, social services, prison ministry and spiritual direction.
Sister Georgette Bayless
(Sister Mary Joan) was born in San Jose, California. She trained as a nurse before entering Sisters of Providence in 1944. Her first ministry was as a nursing supervisor at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Yakima. She then worked in Providence hospitals in Washington, Alaska and Oregon in nursing, pastoral care, outreach, hospice and mission effectiveness. She has organized people to start new programs, raise money for community needs and expand outreach to the forgotten. Her legacy includes a sexual assault center in Everett and Hospice of Snohomish County. In 1980 she was one of six Washington state recipients of the Jefferson Awards for community service. She lives in Seattle.
Sister Anita Butler
(Sister Francesca) was born in Los Angeles and entered the Sisters of Providence in 1954. She served in teaching and administration for 23 years in Vancouver, Tacoma, Seattle and Burbank, California. She served as provincial treasurer in the former Sacred Heart Province and was responsible for oversight of construction and development of its first low-income housing projects. She was also treasurer of Mother Joseph Province. She ministered in long-term care in the Oregon region of Providence Health & Services, was superior/administrator of St. Joseph Residence in Seattle, and has chaired and been a trustee of retirement committees for the religious community and for Providence Health & Services. For the past five years she has been a sponsor of Providence Ministries, ensuring that the ministries of Providence Health & Services remain Catholic and true to the sisters’ mission. She lives in Seattle.
Sister Lenora Donovan
(Sister Stephen) was born in Nebraska and moved to Yakima as a young child. Later she moved with her family to Portland, Oregon, and became a licensed practical nurse at Multnomah County Hospital. She entered the Sisters of Providence in Seattle and made first profession vows in 1956. She was assigned to Mount St. Vincent Home for the Aged and later became a registered nurse, serving in Port Townsend and Portland. She became certified as a chaplain and served at a parish in Medford, Oregon. At Providence ElderPlace in Portland, she helped the elderly to stay in their own homes. In 2011 she and Sister Rita Ferschweiler were the last sisters to move out of the convent at Providence Hall in Portland. She was a longtime volunteer with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Portland, and she continues that ministry in Seattle.
Sister Mary Catherine McGuire
(Sister Mary Margaret) was born in Everett and raised on a dairy farm in rural Snohomish. She entered the novitiate after a postulancy at Mount St. Vincent in Seattle, and professed first vows in 1956. Over the years she taught in the Archdiocese of Seattle, Yakima, Alaska, Oregon and California. Other ministries included parish work and stints as receptionist at St. Peter’s Hospital in Olympia and in the Providence corporate offices. Sister Mary Catherine has also volunteered with community college English as a Second Language, assisted in the Sisters of Providence library, and served as part-time chaplain at Providence ElderPlace in Seattle. Currently she volunteers with music ministry at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle.
Sister Kathryn Rutan
(Sister Jean Patrice) was born in Great Falls, Montana. She joined the Sisters of Providence as a postulant in 1954 and professed her first vows in 1956 at Mount St. Vincent in Seattle. She spent 15 years teaching at all levels of Catholic education, 13 years in provincial administration and leadership and four years as superior at Mount St. Joseph in Spokane. She has also worked with low-income residents in Montana, helped install stoves in homes in Guatemala, and served as an international observer with the return of democracy in Haiti. She has returned to El Salvador, where she first arrived in 1995 to establish a mission. Currently she is working to provide scholarships and life skills to young people from campesino families in La Papalota.
Sister Marilyn Charette
was born in Schenectady, New York, and moved to Richland at the age of 6. She went to Holy Names College in Spokane to become a medical technologist. After graduation she worked in Richland and then moved to a lab at St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank, California. After a Jesuit priest helped her discover her call to religious life, Sister Marilyn worked in her postulant year in the lab at Providence Hospital in Seattle. For many years she worked in hospitals as a medical technologist, in the admissions office, in patient transport and as a chaplain. She served in Everett, Yakima and Portland, Oregon. She was also a team member, novitiate team member and novitiate director at Mount St. Joseph. In 1995 she helped establish a mission in El Salvador. In 2012 she returned, and she is focused on a scholarship program in the town of La Papalota.
Sister Jacqueline Fernandes
was born in Kowloon, Hong Kong. She came to the United States at the invitation of Ralph O’Brien, a professor at Seattle University, where her sister attended. She finished high school and studied business while living with the O’Brien family and caring for their children. Sister Jacqueline was drawn to religious life and the Sisters of Providence due to the variety of ministries available, and by meeting Filipino sisters in the religious community and sisters from the Daughters of Mary in Uganda who lived with the Providence sisters. She entered the religious community in 1964. She was assigned to community services and then joined the treasurer’s office, handling various responsibilities for nine years. For 16 years she was registrar and office manager at Providence High School in Burbank, California. For the past nine years she has been administrator/superior in charge of St. Joseph Residence, the Seattle home for retired Sisters of Providence and sisters from other religious communities.
Sister Helen Mason
was born in Walla Walla. She entered the Sisters of Providence in 1964 at Providence Heights in Issaquah. She taught for two years in Missoula, Montana, and then took on a new ministry in religious education for families in 12 geographically vast parishes in northern Idaho. Her other ministries included serving as a member and president of the Sisters’ Senate in Idaho and Spokane, coordinating the Neighborhood Parish Program in the Spokane Valley, and serving in the RCIA program. She also served as provincial secretary for the former St. Ignatius Province and on the boards of four Providence hospitals. In 2000 she returned to Walla Walla to care for her ailing mother until her mother’s death. Currently she does home visiting and writes the chronicles for 15 facilities in Eastern Washington and Montana that are part of Providence Services (now Providence Health Care).
Sister Maureen Newman
was born in Spokane. While she was a boarder taught by Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary at Holy Names Academy in Seattle, she began to explore the call to religious life. She chose the Sisters of Providence because they were apostolic, engaged in communities and in ministries other than teaching. She entered in 1964 at Providence Heights in Issaquah and joined the College of Sister Formation with sisters from other religious communities. She taught for 35 years in Olympia, Vancouver and Seattle, including as assistant principal at St. Therese School. During summers she worked at a daycare for migrant workers, tutored Hmong tribespeople and volunteered in Central America. In November 2002 she was arrested for trespassing at the annual demonstration at the School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia. She was tried, convicted and sentenced to serve three months in the federal prison in Dublin, California. Later she worked on committees for the religious community’s 150th anniversary and the 150th anniversary celebration of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Seattle. At the end of 2014 Sister Maureen completed a five-year term as a provincial councilor for Mother Joseph Province. She lives in Seattle.
Sister Frances Stacey
was born in Los Angeles to Episcopalian parents. When she was a junior at Providence High School in Burbank, she converted to Catholicism. After graduation she attended the University of Portland and in 1964 entered the religious community. She professed final vows in 1972. For 18 years she was a member of the former Sacred Heart Province and then transferred to the former St. Ignatius Province. Her ministries included teaching and being a consultant for adult education for the Diocese of Spokane. In Montana she was a parish services consultant for the Diocese of Great Falls and director of campus ministry at the University of Great Falls. At Bishop White Seminary in Spokane, she was formation advisor and became a provincial councilor in 1989. She learned Spanish, which was strengthened by living in Chile and Nicaragua. In 1995 she and five other sisters went to El Salvador to pioneer a mission. She helped people struggling from the civil war, got medical supplies from the United States and started a fund for the education of young people. She returned to Seattle in 2011.
Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace
Committed to peace and justice, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace minister in education, health care, pastoral ministry, social work and other areas
Sister Miriam Spencer
was born in Canyon, British Columbia, Canada. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace novitiate in 1945 in Bellingham and professed final vows in 1950. She received a B.A. in education from Western Washington University and an M.S. from Notre Dame. Within the Archdiocese of Seattle she taught at Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle and Aquinas Academy in Tacoma. She also taught at Catholic schools in British Columbia and Wenatchee. She served as provincial treasurer for four years and was a staff member at Intercommunity Mercy Housing apartments in Everett. She been committed to peace and justice causes including nonviolent protests at Fort Benning, Georgia. She lives at St. Mary-on-the-Lake in Bellevue, where she continues her life of prayer for peace.
Sister Francena Dodd
was born in Dublin, Ireland, entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace novitiate in 1955 in Bellingham, and professed final vows in 1960. She taught briefly before earning a B.S. in nursing at Sacred Heart in Eugene, Oregon. From 1963 to 1972 she served as medical supervisor and nurse at Sacred Heart Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham. From 1973 to 1982 she was a missionary in Cameroon as a ward nurse. Upon returning to Seattle she was a nurse at the Josephinum senior housing facility in Seattle. Since 1984 Sister Francena has lived in Longview. She has served as a nurse and in pastoral care at PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center.
Sister Angela McCarthy
was born in Lurgan, Northern Ireland, entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace novitiate in 1955 in Bellingham, and professed final vows in 1960. She received a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s in administration from Seattle University. She taught in Seattle, Bellevue and Longview and was principal in Mount Vernon and Aberdeen. For 10 years she served in the Diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska, as director of religious education. She lives in Hoquiam and continues her ministry of prayer and parish and family ministry.
Sister Noreen Terrault
was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace novitiate in 1955 in Bellingham, and professed final vows in 1960. She received a B.A. in education from Seattle University and taught in Catholic schools in Ketchikan, Alaska; Trail, British Columbia; Bellevue and Wenatchee. In 1976 she began her ministry with PeaceHealth at St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham. She worked as a phlebotomist. In 1991 she accepted an invitation to minister at the new Peace Harbor Hospital in Florence, Oregon. She later created the Pastoral Care Department, the Ethics Committee and the Helping Hands Program for employees in need. She retired in 2013 and moved to St. Mary-on-the-Lake, where she serves as sacristan and is involved in volunteer ministries.
Sister Rosaleen Trainor
was born in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace novitiate in 1955 in Bellingham, and professed final vows in 1960. She received a B.Ed. from Seattle University, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in philosophy from St. John’s University. She taught in Catholic grade schools in Seattle and Wenatchee. In 1965 she joined the faculty of Seattle University, where she taught philosophy, theology and ethics until 2002. She was named a McGoldrick Fellow and held the Louis B. Gaffney, S.J. Chair of Arts and Sciences. As an ethicist with an interest in healthcare, she served as an advisor for PeaceHealth. In 2001 she moved to Indio, California, and ministered in the area of spirituality health. She recently moved to St. Mary-on-the-Lake and continues her ministry of prayer.
Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia
Ministering in education, health care, and pastoral and social work, the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia are devoted to a consecrated life exemplified by St. Francis of Assisi and Mother Francis Bachmann
Sister Elizabeth Frances Scully
(formerly Sister Anthony Brendan) was born in Windsor, Vermont, but later moved to Youghal, County Cork, Ireland. She entered the congregation in 1942 and professed first vows in 1945. Her ministry in the Archdiocese of Seattle included teaching at St. Leo High School in Tacoma. Over the years her ministry in education took her to Pennsylvania, California, Oregon, New Jersey and Maryland. She worked for several years as a legislative staffperson at the Oregon Center for Peace and Justice, and then with the Catholic Relief Primary Health Care Project in the Yemen Arab Republic. Currently she volunteers at the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Aston, Pennsylvania, and serves as a spiritual director for retired sisters in Assisi House.
Sister Jude Connelly
was born in San Francisco. She entered the congregation in 1962 and professed her first vows in 1965. Within the Archdiocese of Seattle she has had ministries at St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma and St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood, and served as assistant administrator, vice president of professional services and interim CEO of St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way. She also ministered in Oregon, Pennsylvania and Hawaii. Since 2001 she has been administrator of St. Ann Convent in Tacoma.
Sister Esther Anderson
(formerly Sister Marie Colman) was born in Galway City, Ireland. She entered the congregation in 1962 and professed first vows in 1965. Within the Archdiocese of Seattle she served as principal of St. Charles School in Tacoma. She has served as both a member of the congregational leadership team and as congregational minister for the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. She also served as chair of the board of directors of Franciscan Health Systems, chair of the board of stewardship trustees for the Catholic Health Initiatives national office, provincial of the former Sacred Heart Province of the Sisters of St. Francis, and executive director of services for the Sisters of St. Francis. Her teaching experiences have included the states of Wyoming, Washington and California. Currently she lives in Aston, Pennsylvania, and ministers as a facilitator and consultant for various organizations.
Sister Augustine Serrano
was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico. She entered the congregation in 1962 and professed first vows in 1965. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, she worked at St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma. She has ministered in health care, social services, parish ministry and Hispanic ministry in Delaware, North Carolina, New Jersey, Florida, Texas, Ireland and Venezuela. She currently volunteers at St. Paul Parish in Wilmington, Delaware, and at Our Lady of Angels Convent in Aston, Pennsylvania, where she lives.
Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
The Sisters of the Holy Names are committed to the mission of education, which includes promoting justice and creating community.
Sister Mae Cruikshank
(Sister Mary Lawrence) was born in Keewatin, Minnesota. She entered the Sisters of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1943. Within the Archdiocese of Seattle she ministered in Seattle, Ferndale and Blaine. She lives at Mary’s Woods in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
Sister Miriam Pontieri
(Eleanor Pontieri) was born in Spokane. She entered the Sisters of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1943. Within the Archdiocese of Seattle she taught at Holy Names Academy. She taught at high school and college levels before moving into retreat work and spiritual direction in 1970, which she continued until last year.
Sister Carol Deschane
(Sister Mary Carol) was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She entered the Sisters of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1953. Within the Archdiocese of Seattle she served at the chancery, Holy Names Academy, Still Point Spirituality Center, St. Frances Cabrini School in Tacoma, St. Louise Parish in Bellevue and St. Philomena Parish in Des Moines. She has also ministered in Spokane, Portland, Richland, Wenatchee and Santa Cruz, California. Currently Sister Carol sings with a group at nursing and retirement homes in the Spokane area.
Sister Carol Lee
(Sister Thomas James) was born in Ritzville. She entered the Sisters of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1953. She taught at St. Anne and St. Joseph schools in Seattle and at St. Mary Magdalen in Everett. She also worked in Spokane and Springfield, Oregon, and was a hospital chaplain at Sacred Heart Hospital PeaceHealth in Eugene, Oregon. Currently she is a volunteer chaplain at Lane County Jail in Eugene, Oregon, a member of the Lane County Human Trafficking Task Force, and a volunteer at Catholic Community Services in Eugene, Oregon.
Sister Katherine Marie Dyckman
(Rita Dyckman) was born in Tacoma. She entered the Sisters of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1953. In the Archdiocese of Seattle she served in parishes, as co-director of the Resource Center for Spiritual Leadership, and in ministerial development and adult education for Office of Religious Education in Seattle. She was on the faculty of the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University from 1999 to 2003. She resides at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle.
Sister Marina Rose Parisi
(Virginia C. Parisi) was born in Clayville, New York. She entered the Sisters of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1953. She taught at St. James Cathedral School and St. Mary School in Seattle and St. Frances Cabrini School in Tacoma. She also served in Portland, Oregon; and Arequipa, Peru. She currently volunteers at Heritage University Early Learning Center in Toppenish.
Sister Yvonne Auzias de Turenne
(Sister Rose Michele) was born in Seattle. She entered the Sisters of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1953. Within the Archdiocese of Seattle her ministries were at Holy Names Academy in Seattle, community health care clinics in Tacoma, Auburn and Kent and the prenatal clinic at St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham. Other ministries were in Spokane and Lesotho, South Africa. She is retired from clinical practice and is a personal health care advocate for Spokane City Sisters.
Sister Lorna McCormick
(Sister Michael Anthony) was born in Spokane. She entered the Sisters of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1953. While in the Archdiocese of Seattle, she taught in Seattle, Everett and Lynnwood. She also ministered in Salem, Oregon. Currently she ministers at St. Thomas More Parish in Lynnwood.
Sister Jeanine Marie Auzias de Turenne
was born in Seattle. She entered the Sisters of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1953. Her school ministry in the Archdiocese of Seattle included St. Frances Cabrini School in Tacoma and St. Joseph and St. Anne schools in Seattle. She is currently in prayer ministry.
Sister Geraldine Moffat
(Sister Theresa Jean) was born in Seattle. She entered the Sisters of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1953. Her school ministries in the Archdiocese of Seattle included St. James Cathedral School and St. Anne School in Seattle and Holy Family School in Auburn. Other ministries were in Spokane and Portland, Oregon. Currently she is in volunteer ministry in Seattle.
Sister Lorene Schuster
(Sister Michael Lawrence) was born in Spokane. She entered the Sisters of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1953. While in the Archdiocese of Seattle she taught in Seattle, Everett and Auburn. She also served in Spokane, Richland, Oregon, Michigan and Arizona. Currently she is in social outreach ministry in Tucson, Arizona.
Sister Delores Shaw
(Sister M. Rose Delphine) was born in Yakima. She entered the Sisters of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1953. Her school ministry in the Archdiocese of Seattle included stints at Our Lady of Fatima and St. Edward in Seattle; Immaculate Conception in Everett; St. Frances Cabrini and Visitation in Tacoma; and Holy Family in Auburn. She lives in Spokane.
Sister Elizabeth Liebert
(Sister Mary Christa) was born in Seattle. She entered the Sisters of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1962 from St. Joseph Parish. She ministered in Spokane and at St. Thomas Theological Seminary in Denver, Colorado. Currently she is at the San Francisco Theological Seminary (Presbyterian) in San Anseimo, California. She also serves in formation ministry for the U.S.-Ontario and Manitoba provinces, and as a consultant to the congregational leadership of the Sisters of the Holy Names.
Sister Lydia Nickolaisen
(Sister Flora Marie) was born in Seattle. She entered the Sisters of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1962. Her ministry has been teaching at St. Frances Cabrini School in Tacoma and St. Anne, St. Joseph, St. Paul and Holy Family schools in Seattle. Currently she participates in volunteer activities in Seattle.
Sister Teresa Shields
(Sister Julie Rose) was born in Santa Ana, California. She entered the Sisters of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1962. Within the Archdiocese of Seattle she served at St. Mary Magdalen School in Everett, and Our Lady of Fatima, St. Mary and St. Benedict schools in Seattle. Currently she is director of the Jonestown Family Center for Education and Wellness.
Sisters of St. Dominic, Congregation of St. Thomas Aquinas
The Tacoma Dominicans work in education, parish and hospital ministry, and ministry to the sick, elderly, poor, homeless and new immigrants.
Sister Mildred Kindall
(Mary Vincent) was born and raised in Seattle. She graduated from Holy Rosary School. In 1943 she entered the Tacoma Dominican novitiate at Marymount in Tacoma. Her career was in teaching, including at Aquinas Academy in Tacoma and Blanchet High School in Seattle. After many years of teaching, she utilized her secretarial skills at Providence Hospital and Blanchet High School in Seattle. Since 2004 she has lived at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle.
Sister Dolores Kirk
(Mary Thomas) is a native of Seattle. She entered the Dominican Sisters of Tacoma in June 1943. From 1948 to 1969 she worked as a teacher, administrator and supervisor at several Catholic schools. She taught at Holy Rosary High School and was principal at Our Lady of the Lake School, both in Seattle. She also served as a general councilor for the congregation, and as director of the community’s self-study renewal program during the days of Vatican II. She also served as a pastoral associate at St. John Vianney Parish in Kirkland, as manager of the Franciscan Apartments in Burien, and with the Environmental Protection Agency in Seattle. She was active as a eucharistic minister at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Burien. She now resides at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle.
Sister Esther Aherne
(Mary Bartholomew) was born in St. Patrick Place, Mallow, County Cork, Ireland. She entered the Dominican Sisters of Tacoma at St. Agnes Postulate in Crosshaven, County Cork, in 1952. Over the years she taught at St. Patrick School and Marymount Academy in Tacoma, Assumption and Holy Rosary schools in Seattle, and in Yakima and Centralia. At Assumption School in Bellingham, she taught and later returned as principal. Currently she is archivist for the Tacoma Dominican community. She also assists with the community’s fundraising programs and substitutes at St. Patrick School in Tacoma.
Sister Mary Buttimer
(Mary Dermot) is a native of Ireland. She entered the Tacoma Dominicans in 1952. From 1955 to 1972, she enjoyed classroom teaching. In 1972 she transitioned to teaching religious education at Holy Cross Parish in Tacoma and Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Seattle.
She was privileged to spend three months as a volunteer in Prouille, France, “the cradle of the order.” Currently she is active at St. Rita Parish in Tacoma as a greeter and with RCIA in Pierce County.
Sister Cabrini Cettolin
(Virginia) is a native of Seattle. She entered the Dominican Sisters of Tacoma in 1953. Her teaching career has included schools in Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham and Everett. She served as a principal at St. Pius X in Mountlake Terrace. Since retiring from education in 2004, she has worked at Holyrood Cemetery, ministered to the elderly sisters at St. Joseph Residence, worked with Feed My Sheep outreach program with First Avenue Mission, and worked on pro-life issues. Currently she lives in Blaine and assists as she can with the elderly sisters at St. Joseph Residence.
Sister Martha Costello
(Mary Majella) was born in County Sligo, Ireland. She entered the Dominican Sisters of Tacoma at St. Agnes Postulate in Crosshaven, County Cork, in 1953. She served in parish schools in Seattle and Tacoma. She is currently active in the Legion of Mary in Tacoma, and with poetry classes, woodworking and painting.
Sister Pauline Igoe
(Mary Martin) was born in Ballymore Eustace, County Kildare, Ireland. She entered the novitiate in Tacoma in 1955. Her career as a teacher and administrator has included schools in Seattle and Yakima. Most of her years in ministry have been with the Yupic Eskimos in western Alaska, and with the First Nation Peoples on the Warm Springs Reservation in central Oregon. She has traveled to Fort Benning, Georgia, to protest the School of the Americas. She also promotes justice for the inmates of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma and for their spouses and children. She also teaches Scripture classes in Tacoma.
Sister Kay Lewis
(Mary Patrice) was born in Seattle. She entered the novitiate in Tacoma in 1953 and made first vows in 1955. She taught in grade schools in Seattle, Tacoma and Yakima before teaching at the Sister Formation College in Issaquah. After receiving her doctorate in American literature from Stanford University, she became a professor at Wayne State College in Nebraska. In 1975 she began ministry in community administration, first as president and then as finance director. During a sabbatical she attended Aquinas Institute and received a master’s degree in preaching. She served in a rural parish cluster in Iowa. That was followed by three terms as pastoral life director in charge of Assumption Parish in Seattle. She spent a year writing a community history, “Women Called to Be Witness.” Sister Kay served in parish ministry at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Parish in Tacoma, followed by 10 years as finance director at Tacoma Dominican Center. She retired in 2010 but is active in community research.
Sister Susanne Perri
(Mary Nicolas) is a Seattle native and graduated from Holy Rosary High School. She made her first vows in 1955. She had a teaching career in Seattle and Tacoma parish schools and served as principal at Assumption School in Seattle. She was director of instructional services for the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Seattle. She has also been adjunct faculty at Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University and Fort Wright College in Spokane. In 1992 she received the Sister Mary Taylor Award for outstanding service to Catholic schools. From 1991 to 2003, she served as pastoral assistant for faith formation at St. Joseph Parish in Issaquah. While there she helped to establish St. Joseph School. Currently she is a member of St. Patrick Parish in Seattle and is active in parish committees. She also serves as a teaching assistant at North Seattle Community College with the English as a Second Language program.