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Our Charism

Today’s Sisters of the Holy Names endeavor to embody and exemplify the spirit and charism of Sister Marie Rose through ministries that focus on educating and empowering people, with special concern for the poor and disadvantaged. SNJM Sisters still fulfill the traditional role of educator (teaching and administering in elementary schools, secondary schools, colleges and universities) but have expanded the definition of "educator" to meet the evolving needs of the Church and the world.

Today’s SNJM Sisters teach people of all ages and backgrounds. We can be found ministering in community centers as well as in parishes. We provide adult education and leadership training. We work to heal and nurture the human spirit by providing spiritual direction, leading retreats, and offering counseling and pastoral care in prisons, hospitals, clinics, and other care facilities.

Our Values

Full Development of the Human Person - Cultivating and respecting the talents, abilities and potential of each person, contributing to the development of all aspects of a person's life

Education in the Faith - Creating an atmosphere which invites people to live, develop and express their faith

Hospitality - Being a gracious, accepting and welcoming presence for each person

Dedication to Women and Children - Seeing, understanding and responding to the needs of women and children

Dedication to Justice - Committing time, energy, resources to the pursuit of right relationships of equality, justice and solidarity

Service to People who are Poor or Marginalized - Reaching out and responding to people who are impoverished, abandoned or living at the fringes of society

Commitment to Liberating Action - Seeking with others the freedom needed to live life fully without oppression

Love for the Names of Jesus and Mary - Embracing as guide, inspiration and strength the persons and names of Jesus and Mary