150th Birthday Gala

Celebrating the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary


The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) are a teaching congregation founded in Quebec in 1843 by Eulalie Durocher, Mother Marie-Rose. In 1874, the SNJM came to the new Province of Manitoba to assume responsibility for St. Mary's Academy, a school started in 1869 by the Sisters of Charity of Montreal (Grey Nuns). The Sisters, like the wise man described in the Gospel, built their house upon a rock, and when the rains fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock (Matt. 7: 26-27).

The Sisters’ mission today is as it always was: “To seek the full development of the human person through education, social justice, contemplation and the arts. Especially with people who are impoverished and marginalized.” In August of 2014 the day-to-day operations of the Academy were passed on to a lay administrator; however, the Sisters remain at the helm of the Academy providing direction and service as owners, members of boards and committees, staff, volunteers and class prayer partners. Significantly, the Sisters establish the mission and purpose of the Academy, approve by-laws, elect directors, appoint the president and approve certain financial decisions.

Join St. Mary's Academy as we honour the faith, vision, courage and leadership of the SNJM at the 150th Birthday Gala.


Friday, September 27, 2019 

Victoria Inn, 1808 Wellington Avenue

Cocktails at 6:00 p.m. | Dinner & presentation at 7:00 p.m.

Masters of Ceremonies

Lucy Beckta (Stephien '65) and Emily Meadows '13


SMA 150 Gala Sponsors

Media Sponsor

Celebrate Level

Flame Level

M Level

Torch Level

SMA 150 Supporters

Kevin & Els Kavanagh
Kathy Booth-Smith '79
Fr. Denis Bourbonnais
Valerie Duma '65
Bridget Kimak '79
Margaret Kingdon (McSheffrey '58)
Lindy Ledohowski '94
Virginia Mak '77
Gordon & Laurette Marks
Christine Millenaar (Matjasic '89)
Jaime Patrick (Forbes '94)
Rita Mae Race (Holden '61)
Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
Robert Vandewater
Nina Vrsnik '89