March 7, 2011

07 Mar
March 7, 2011

End of Quarter Pause?

As the final days of winter quarter fly past us it is easy to get caught up in the need to finish, rather than to savor the learning. How can we refocus our attention so that we might find these last days as exciting and as engaging as the first days of the quarter? I suggest that we carefully budget our time, set due dates for ourselves, and give ourselves permission to say, “Good enough, is good enough!” I also suggest that we take time out of the frantic rush to pause, to ponder, to go for a walk, to enjoy a cup of coffee and to sleep!

So take a deep breath, get your work done, but remember learning is a process not a product… enjoy the journey!



February 28th

28 Feb
February 28, 2011

Happy New Year,

For centuries the new year began on March 1st. I find this comforting as I have yet to accomplish, or should I say attend to, any of my resolutions from January 1st. New beginnings are wonderful. Each new day we can start with a fresh outlook, with renewed hope. I know that this is not always easy, some days like today are gray, wet, and miserable and it is easy to let ourselves feel that way as well. I encourage each of us, and especially myself, to strive to start each day of this new year with an open heart and an attitude of abundance.

Many Blessings,



15 Feb
February 15, 2011
February, a time of transition from the darkness of winter to the light of early spring.  Yet there is great tension in this period of transition — will it snow this week or not?  Will the early flowers be killed in a frost?  But, every year spring manages to push its way through the winter soil and once again life returns to the earth.  Sometimes I find myself pondering the energy it takes for spring to occur.  The trees send forth buds, and in doing so they must reach down into the depths of their energy stores.  There is a risk in this process, as if the tree sends forth buds too early they may be destroyed, too late and the tree may not get enough energy to live through another winter.
And so it is with us.  A wise person once said that the only constant is change.  I believe this to be true.  Yet, change is hard work.  It doesn’t happen overnight, nor does it happen without us reaching into the depths of our beings.  Change may or may not lead us to moments of deep transformation.  The choice to grow and be transformed requires timing, trust, and courage.
So, on this day of cloud and sun, on this day when new life is risking an appearance on our beautiful campus I pray that each of us may be open to whatever the deep down stirring might call forth.  
Have a blessed day!


Founders’ Day

20 Oct
October 20, 2010

Thursday, October 21st marks 151 years since the Sisters of the Holy Names arrived in Oregon. St. Mary’s Academy, out of which Marylhurst College (and later Marylhurst University) grew is an example of the Sisters continual committment to inferfaith dialogue and respect.

Thank you for being partners in ministry with us these last 151 years.

15 Oct
October 15, 2010
Please join us for the Homecoming Mass.
Saturday, September 16th
5:00 p.m.
St. Anne’s Chapel

06 Oct
October 6, 2010

Happy Feast of Mother Marie Rose, Foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Names, the founding community of Marylhurst University.

This is a letter she wrote to her sister, but which speaks to all of us.

My dear sister,

I have received your letters which always give me a new joy. I should like to have

news from you more often. Share with me more of your spiritual life.

You are doing the work of God each day. God, who has brought you thus far,

continues to guide you. Let us thank Divine Providence who takes such good care

of us. Thus we live with each other and with our many concerns in God’s peace.

You can see very clearly that God is blessing you. May such happy beginnings

continue in this New Year. Live in peace; do not worry about your concerns. Be

confident that God, who protects you, will never abandon you. And since we walk

along the same way, let us extend a hand to one another.

Courage, my dear, do not think for a moment that you are separated from us. That

is false. You are at a distance of only a few steps. I wish with all my heart, great

happiness for you and I am sure that you will be happy.

Good-bye, my dear, until tomorrow.

In the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, I am with you.

Eulalie – Marie Rose

30 Aug
August 30, 2010

Please join us for our weekly celebration of Eucharist Mondays at 12:00

Monday Mass at Noon!

26 Aug
August 26, 2010

Please join us each Monday at 12:00 for the celebration of the Eucharist in Wiegand Hall. If you would like to serve as a reader please contact Sister Carol in University Ministry (

The early days of Fall bring with them a twinge of longing, longing for that which is most dear to our hearts and souls. As we watch the trees yield their leaves; as we enjoy the activity of the squirrels as they hide food; as we wonder at the flight of the geese; we are filled with a sense that all is as it should be, that everyone and everything in nature is doing the work that must be done to prepare for the season of rest, winter.

Let us remember to give thanks for each moment of sunshine, for the colorful trees, for the scurrying animals, and for the inner call to slow down and savor, even if just for a moment the beauty and joy of life.

19 Aug
August 19, 2010

We are happy to announce that we will resume our Mass at noon on Monday, on Monday, September 20th. Our celebrant for this first Mass of the academic year will be Archbishop John Vlazny. Please join as in Wiegand Hall for this celebration of Marylhurst.

19 Aug
August 19, 2010

We are happy to announce that we will resume our Mass at noon on Monday, on Monday, September 20th. Our celebrant for this first Mass of the academic year will be Archbishop John Vlazny. Please join as in Wiegand Hall for this celebration of Marylhurst.