Catholic Schools Week – Celebrating 50 years of Faith-Based Education

Catholic Schools Week
Celebrating 50 years of Faith-Based Education

Catholic Schools Week, a national tradition celebrating its 50th anniversary, is a time to recognize the value, principles, and contributions that Catholic schools have relayed to the Church and larger communities for decades. There are nearly 6,000 Catholic schools in the U.S., with 1,173 of them being high schools. St. Mary’s is honored to be part of a cohort of schools prioritizing education in the faith – a core value of the Sisters who founded our school 165 years ago. 


SMA is proud to be the oldest continuously operating high school in Oregon with over 10,000 all-girls alumnae. Not only is SMA a cornerstone of quality, all-girls, Catholic education in Oregon, but also a trailblazer for Catholic schools throughout Oregon. Learning from the successes of the 12 Foundresses at SMA, other Holy Names Sisters were sent to Oregon, spread across the state to found missions and open or teach in schools in Oregon City (1860); St. Paul (1861); Salem (1863); The Dalles (1864); Jacksonville (1867); Grand Ronde (1874); and Baker City (1875), in addition to other Portland schools. 


Catholic Schools Week Service Initiative

As part of our service initiative for Catholic Schools Week, SMA is partnering with Mercy Housing to provide home and cleaning supplies in welcome kits for incoming residence of Mercy Greenbrae, an affordable housing space on the former Marylhurst University Campus in Lake Oswego. The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) were heavily involved in the transformation of Marylhurst to Mercy Housing's Mercy Greenbrae. This housing is not only home to 100 working families in the Lake Oswego area but is also environmentally sustainable Passive House Certified and has programs that focus on education and care for children – core values of the SNJM Sisters. 


On Friday, February 2nd we were honored to be joined by Sr. Linda, SMA alumna and former administrator at St. Mary's, at our all-school assembly. The pride and passion Sr. Linda has for Mercy Greenbrae stems from her profound love of the community surrounding Marylhurst, and the deep connection it shares with St. Mary’s Academy. The welcome kit donations given by SMA families and alumnae had Sr. Linda overwhelmed, “I was stunned when I walked in the door to see how many items have been donated already.”



 We are honored to celebrate Catholic Schools Week with our extended community at Marylhurst. Thank you, Sr. Linda, for joining us!


Learn more about Mercy Greenbrae.