Victory Noll Sister joins Manna House staff

September 18, 2009 by

Sister Mary Jo Nelson

Sister Mary Jo Nelson

Sister Mary Jo Nelson, a member of the Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters, has joined the staff at the Manna House of Prayer in Concordia.

Her congregation — often called the Victory Noll Sisters, from the name of their Motherhouse — is based in Huntington, Ind.

Sister Mary Jo was raised in Portland, Ore., and attended St. Mary’s Academy, a Catholic high school in Portland operated by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. It was while attending the Holy Names’ Fort Wright College in Spokane, Wash., that she felt called to religious life. Holy Names was a teaching order, and the Holy Names vocation director suggested the Victory Noll Sisters because of that congregation’s broader work with the poor. Sister Mary Jo entered in 1969.

She completed her bachelor’s degree at Regis University in Denver. Later she would earn a degree in organizational development from Loyola University.

She worked in parishes in Denver, Texas and California, and in 1980 was asked by the bishop of the newly formed Diocese of San Bernardino to become the diocesan religious education director. She eventually served there as pastoral planner and then chancellor.

In 2000 Sister Mary Jo was elected to the Leadership Team for her congregation and returned to Huntington for eight years. After a yearlong sabbatical, she has come to Manna House.

Manna House is a retreat center operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, and it offers a wide range of spiritual retreats and workshops throughout the year. For a complete schedule of upcoming events, click HERE.

Sister Mary Jo will be available to be a facilitator for other congregations, provide mediation and conflict resolution services, help with Manna House’s current retreats and develop new programs.

“They asked me to come and be creative,” she says of the other sisters at Manna House. “That’s my challenge — and my freedom.”

Sister Mary Jo joins seven other sisters on the Manna House staff. There are six Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia — Marcia Allen, Janet Lander, Bette Moslander, Liberata Pellerin, Betty Suther and Carolyn Teter — as well as one Dominican Sister, Joan Ice.


3 Responses to “Victory Noll Sister joins Manna House staff”

  1. Joni Dugan on October 17th, 2009 1:06 pm

    I am coming down to Concordia next week to pick up a couple of folks; thus the reason why I went to the web site. Victory Noll brings back fond memories: several years ago I spent a summer volunteering with Victory Noll Sisters in Salt Lake City Utah. It had to be in the late 70’s. I wish I coull tell you who I lived with and who I met, but can’t. My memory is good, but not that good! At any rate — welcome aboard. I am a CSJ associate in KC for CSJ carondelet. Hope your ministry is great at Manna House!

    Joni Dugan

  2. Loretta Jasper, csj on September 18th, 2009 7:04 pm

    It will be good to meet you, Mary Jo. Welcome!

  3. Anne M. Reinert on September 18th, 2009 6:40 pm

    Welcome to S.Mary Jo

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