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From left to right: Sister Donna Marie Chatraw, OSB, Prioress, Queen of Angels Monastery, Mt. Angel, Oregon; Sister Clarissa Goeckner, OSB, Prioress, Monastery of St. Gertrude, Cottonwood, Idaho; and Patrick Lee, S.J., Provincial for the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province.

BRIEF: St. Gertrude’s prioress attends women’s religious conference

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From left to right: Sister Donna Marie Chatraw, OSB, Prioress, Queen of Angels Monastery, Mt. Angel, Oregon; Sister Clarissa Goeckner, OSB, Prioress, Monastery of St. Gertrude, Cottonwood, Idaho; and Patrick Lee, S.J., Provincial for the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province.
From left to right: Sister Donna Marie Chatraw, OSB, Prioress, Queen of Angels Monastery, Mt. Angel, Oregon; Sister Clarissa Goeckner, OSB, Prioress, Monastery of St. Gertrude, Cottonwood, Idaho; and Patrick Lee, S.J., Provincial for the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province.

Sister Clarissa Goeckner, the prioress of the Monastery of St. Gertrude, was among those who attended the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) Region XV Meeting at the Archbishop Brunett Retreat and Faith Formation Center in Federal Way last month. Sisters in leadership who have community members ministering in the Northwest gather each fall to share information from the National Assembly Agenda, conduct regional business, do long-range planning and share community challenges, best practices and developments since the last regional meeting.

This year Archbishop Peter Sartain of the Archdiocese of Seattle joined the 23 sisters, who represent 10 different religious communities. Each member shared with him the reason her community came to this country and the ministries it engaged in then and what the various orders continue to do now. Each member also expressed the joys, the challenges and struggles facing her community today.

Following the LCWR meeting, the archbishops, some of the bishops and superiors of men’s religious communities ministering in the Northwest, joined the sisters for the meeting of the Northwest Association of Bishops and Major Religious Superiors (NABRS). NABRS has met for more than 40 years to explore critical topics like health care, poverty, multiculturalism and evangelization. The association sees its very existence as a model of evangelization that can reach beyond the Northwest and wishes to stand as an example of “dialogue for the sake of the Gospel.” The topics considered at this year’s meeting were “The Impact of Vatican II—50 Years Later” and “The Northwest and Care of Native Americans.”

About Josie Camarillo

Josie Camarillo is a recent graduate of Whitworth University, where she majored in English and psychology. Currently pursuing her Master in Social Work at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, Camarillo writes for SpokaneFAVS from afar, but plans to return to the Spokane area after attaining her licensure as an independent social worker. She dreams of becoming a relationship therapist and a published author. Her hobbies include photography, horseback riding and writing poetry.

Camarillo has a passion for photography and writing, especially poetry, and is interested in creative counseling methods like narrative therapy and using horses in therapy. Someday, she would like to be a counselor and a published poet. Her favorite poems are "The Singing Woman from the Wood's Edge" by Edna St. Vincent Millay and "The Art of Drowning" by Billy Collins.

During fall 2013, Camarillo worked for Spokane Faith & Values as a copy editing intern, where her specialities included deleting Oxford commas and adding hyperlinks. Since then, she has transitioned into becoming a regular contributor to the site as a writer and photographer.

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