New $300,000 Matching Challenge!

Exciting News!  A group of generous donors has collectively provided $300,000 in matching funds. Your gift, matched dollar-for-dollar, doubles its impact and helps the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon reach their funding goal and their dream of an updated kitchen.

Sisters of St. Mary Of oregon Kitchen Renovation

ren·o·va·tion (noun): The roots of renovation refer to newness and doing something again — it’s from the Latin re- for “again” and novare which means, “make new.” After renovation, things look new and improved. Before the word underwent renovation, in the early 15th century, renovacyoun meant “spiritual rebirth,” which is how you might feel after your kitchen is redone. —

The key to any home is the kitchen, and the Sisters’ commercial-size kitchen is in urgent need of a major renovation. It has been more than 60 years since the SSMO Motherhouse kitchen has undergone a substantial renovation. The existing kitchen is outdated and worn, lacks energy-efficiencies, presents accessibility barriers, and is out of compliance with the latest safety codes.

A renewed, improved kitchen will provide many benefits:

  • Updated facilities and equipment will streamline meal prep and delivery for nearly 200 meals per day.
  • The new kitchen design and equipment will keep food warm for meals scheduled around Mass and prayer time.
  • Celebratory meals, such as Sisters’ Feast Days, Jubilees and holidays will require less effort.
  • This 1652 square foot space will be much more than a kitchen; it will be where the compassionate spirits of the Sisters gain sustenance to thrive and live out their commitment to their mission of education, healthcare and outreach.

The cost of the renovation is nearly $1.0 million.  Please consider making a gift to sustain the health, wellness and spirits of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon who reside at the Motherhouse, and help them continue their commitment to their sponsored ministries in the community.


The project is scheduled to begin June 2019 and will be ready to serve the Sisters in fall 2019. Please contact Patricia Blood at [email protected] for more information.