On Oct. 5, Holy Names University and Holy Names High School came together to celebrate the mission of service as embodied by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM).
Students, staff, and faculty assembled on the shores of Lake Merritt, the founding site of HNU, for a day of service. The morning sun was shining when the Vice President for Mission Integration, Sister Carol Sellman corralled the schools together and opened the day with warm thanks and prayer.
Before the groups dispersed to clean up the lake shore, HNU’s Interim President Mike Groener remarked, “Neither the Blessed Marie Rose or the six young sisters that arrived on the shores of Lake Merritt 150 years ago could have imagined the wonderful and powerful institutions that have grown out of their humble school. Thousands of women and men have benefited from the fine education that was, and remains, rooted in the SNJM core values: full development of the human person, dedication to justice, service to people who are poor or marginalized, commitment to liberating action, education in the faith, hospitality, dedication to women and children, and love for the names of Jesus and Mary.”