Holy Names University is fortunate to have Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJMs) on campus. Through their teaching and service, they play a crucial role in advancing the mission of the University. The SNJMs have been the pillar of HNU since its founding in 1868.
An important program that supports the work of the SNJMs is the Visiting Sister Fellows Program (VSFP). The program is made possible by a grant from the Lowell Berry Foundation. Through the VSFP, HNU invites a Holy Names Sister (unaffiliated with the University) to campus each year. By inviting a Sister not directly affiliated with HNU, the University strengthens the reach and impact of its mission.
During their visits, the Sisters provide a series of compelling lectures and classroom presentations. Topic areas include but are not limited to faith, civic engagement, the environment, and social justice. The Sisters also attend staff meetings, helping faculty and staff to see themselves through another lens. With each visit comes laughter, tears, and a spirit of renewal.
The University looks forward to welcoming a new Sister to campus in the coming academic year. In addition, the Office of Mission Integration hopes to schedule public events that will allow friends of HNU to welcome the visiting Sister to the Bay Area. Many thanks to the Lowell Berry Foundation for making this possible!