Yakima Sisters Receive Grants for Local Ministries

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Last fall, Alma Benitez of the Yakima Diocese contacted the Holy Names Sisters at Kateri House to say that she was applying for funding from the Catholic Extension Society for a project called “Sisters on the Frontlines in the Pandemic.”

Her successful application led to the society providing $1,000 for the ministry of each Sister at Kateri House. The funds will benefit the families of children at the Heritage University Early Learning Center, who learn songs from Marina Rose Parisi, SNJM twice a week (now via Zoom); four needy families at the Toppenish Food Bank where Charlyne Brown, SNJM volunteers; and two Heritage University students identified by Kathleen Ross, SNJM as being on the brink of dropping out due to pandemic-related financial crises. 

Each Sister was asked to create a one-minute video to express thanks for the funding and describe her ministry. Click here to watch Sr. Marina Rose’s video, click here to watch Sr. Charlyne’s video and click here to watch Sr. Kathleen’s video.

L-R: Kathleen Ross, SNJM, Marina Rose Parisi, SNJM and Alma Anaya, Director of the Heritage University Early Learning Center.