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Job Opening – CNA/PCA

Job Opening: Part-Time CNA/PCA

Maryvale is a seeking a Part-Time (24-32 hours) Certified Nurse Assistant/Personal Care Aide for the 3-11 p.m. and 11 p.m.-7 a.m. rotation to provide care for our Sisters in the St. Anne’s Care Unit at Maryvale. CNA is preferred. Warm home-like atmosphere. Competitive salary.

Please complete an application in person:
11550 River Road,
Valley City, ND 58072

Questions? Call Amanda at 701-845-2864 for more information.

Ignatian Retreat

The Ignatian Retreat is steeped in the Gospels and is based on the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. This is a silent retreat where one is able to meet Jesus in the experiences of Jesus’ own life.

Conferences and individual direction are part of the retreat.

Upcoming retreats:

February 8 – 10, 2019; Register by Feb. 1

May 3 – 5, 2019; Register by April 26

Suggested donation: $85

Three Hour Retreat

Participate with others in these retreats which are designed to assist a person who desires spiritual growth. The format for these retreats allows for small group gatherings which enable participants to converse on their prayer experiences and encounters with God.

Upcoming three-hour retreats:

“Listening With the Ear of Your Heart”
February 2, 2019 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
– Register by January 26, 2019

“Emptying Your Cup: Finding Peace Through Letting Go”
April 13, 2019 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
– Register by April 6, 2019

“Choice Making”
May 18, 2019 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
– Register by May 11, 2019

Suggested donation: $18

Women’s Retreat

The theme of this year’s Women’s Retreat is “Tending One’s Soul: God’s Spiritual Garden.”

The imagery of a garden is used in various ways throughout scripture to speak of relationship with God, spiritual growth, and conversion. Jesus often used garden imagery to teach a gospel lesson. This retreat weekend will give participants time to cultivate the fruits of one’s own spiritual garden.

Retreat dates:

March 29 – 31, 2019

July 19 – 21, 2019

Suggested donation: $85

Sisters’ Jubilee

On July 1, 2018 Sister Marlyss Dionne and Sister Therese Celine Craven celebrated their 65th Jubilee.  A festive Mass, planned by Sister Marlyss and Sister Therese Celine, was held in the Maryvale Chapel with their Religious Community.  

In attendance was our Superior General, Sister Jacqueline Josse (pictured), and Sister Mary Jo Guivarch from France.  

After Mass, the celebration continued with a delicious brunch and a sharing of memories by their Sisters in religion.  Many cards, gifts, and good wishes were given to the celebrating Jubilarians.

Father Don Leiphon’s Golden Jubilee

On Friday June 8th Father Don Leiphon celebrated his 50th year of ordination into the priesthood. The celebration was held at Maryvale in the Sheyenne River Valley north of Valley City. where Father Leiphon serves as chaplain to the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation. The Mass was presided over by Most Rev. John T. Folda, Bishop, Diocese of Fargo.

Father Don Leiphon grew up on a farm near Devils Lake, ND. He graduated from Assumption Abby College in 1962 and St. John’s University in 1966. Father Leiphon was ordained June 8th 1968 at St. Joseph Church, Devils Lake, ND by Most Rev. Leo Dworschak. He received a Master’s Degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University in 1984.


Father Leiphon served at parishes in Oakes, Cogswell, Langdon, Nekoma, Milton, Osnabrock. In 1973 Father Leiphon was named pastor of both Sacred Heart Parish in Orrin and St. Anselm’s Parish of Fulda, and later also Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Balta. In 1981, Father Leiphon was made Spiritual Director of Cardinal Muench Seminary in Fargo. In 1989, Father Leiphon took the position of Chaplin to the Carmelite Sisters at the Carmel of Mary Monastery, near Wahpeton, ND. In 2003 he became pastor St. Philip’s parish in Napoleon, ND. Today, Father Leiphon is Chaplain to the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation at Maryvale in Valley City, ND.

In attendance at the celebration was the Bishop of the Fargo Diocese, thirty priests, the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation, and a large gathering of friends and family.


At the reception following Mass, Sister Elaine Lange said, “We are so blessed to have Father Leiphon here at Sisters of Mary of the Presentation. His gentleness, green thumb, and homilies have greatly enriched our Community.”