A Simple Display Honors a Profound Impact


When a dozen Dominican Sisters left Germany and arrived in Helena, Montana in 1925, few could have imagined the impact they’d have on the region. Within 40 years, the group had grown to a congregation of 120 at St. Dominic’s Convent in Spokane and were running hospitals and schools in 12 locations across the northwest. To help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 opening of Holy Family Hospital – which the Sisters financed and built – helveticka was asked to design a wall-mounted display that tells the Sisters’ story in both words and photographs. Simple yet elegant, the heritage wall not only serves as to remind visitors of a legacy of care and generosity, but also lists each Sister by name. “In the beginning,” said Sister Maureen Healy at the wall’s July 23 dedication, “the strategic plan was not a financial or business model. It was the desire to extend the love and compassion of Jesus to those who most need it.”

photo: J. Craig Sweat Photography