Sisters' News

Ave Maria Christmas Party

Sisters Elaine, Sharon, Suzanne and Debra attended the SMP Health – Ave Maria Employee Awards and Christmas Party December 1, 2023 at Gladstone Inn in Jamestown, ND. It gave us the opportunity to visit with and thank the employees for all their Christ-like service to the residents of the skilled nursing and assisted living centers.

Anniversary Celebration

Today we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the re-establishment of the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation after 9 years of having been banned by the French government. At the time there was a strong anti-religious sentiment in France which led to the banning of hundreds of congregations. Through the efforts of Reverend Mother Saint Therese de Jesus, Senator Leon Jenouvrier, and by the Grace of God, the ban was officially overturned on this day in 1923. Two significant factors in this success were the Reverend Mother’s refusal to bow to the decree, and the Sisters’ brave service as nurses during the first world war. While we celebrate today the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, please join us in thanking God through Mary’s intersession for the gift of freedom to observe our faith and to continue to serve God as the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation.

In Remembrance: Sr. Elizabeth Rose Muscha

On Monday July 20, 2023, Sister Elizabeth Rose Muscha passed away at Maryvale Convent in Valley City at the age of 98. Sister Elizabeth Rose was born on May 9, 1925 in Harvey, ND to Ferdinand and Mabel (Specht) Muscha. She professed Vows of obedience, poverty and consecrated chastity in 1946 as a Sister of Mary of the Presentation in Spring Valley, Illinois. In 1968 she received her Masters Degree from Creighton University, Omaha, NE and in 1987 she received a Masters in Art at Mundelein College in Chicago, IL. Sister Elizabeth Rose served in the education field for 55 years of her 73 years of ministry, teaching at four schools in North Dakota and serving as a principal or superintendent at five schools. Her last 13 years of ministry she served as a counselor at Christ the King School in Mandan, ND and St. Bernard Mission School in Fort Yates, ND. Sister Elizabeth Rose retired to Maryvale in July of 2019. Determined and accomplished, Sister Elizabeth Rose was a natural leader. She bettered many lives through her diligent service. Her students and family were dear to her heart. She kept in touch with many of her students throughout her life. She spoke warmly of her family often, recounting cherished memories. Sister Elizabeth Rose lived out her faith in action, constantly working to help others and lift them up. She will be greatly missed.

A New Beginning

Maryvale was the lead story in the October issue of New Earth magazine. The story also appeared in Catholic News Agency, News Dakota, and Catholic World Report. The October issue of New Earth includes a touching letter about Sisters of Mary of the Presentation from Bishop Folda.

The Future of Maryvale

Today (10/3/22) we celebrate the creation of a new non-profit, “Maryvale.” The result of years of planning and prayer, The Sisters of Mary of the Presentation have passed the Maryvale property and ministry on to the Diocese of Fargo which formed the non-profit in order to continue their ministry of hospitality and retreats. The Sisters will continue to live at the convent, while the retreat center is now owned and managed by Maryvale retreat center. The Executive Director of Maryvale retreat center is Steve Splonskowski, Office of Evangelization, Diocese of Fargo. Bishop Folda presided over the ceremony and blessed the ministry, which he called, “Already blessed.” Maryvale has plans for expanding the ministry in order to touch more lives with the sustaining grace of God. Please pray for us and our work here at Maryvale.