The third son in a family of five boys and one girl, Father Phillip Bloom grew up on a dairy farm in Arlington and on Camano Island. He studied theology in Rome and was ordained at St. Peter’s Basilica. He spent seven years as a missionary in Peru, where he helped found the Mary Bloom Center (named for his mother), which is dedicated to the medical and educational needs of the poorest people in the city of Puno.
Sister Mary Annette Dworshak grew up in Miles City, Montana, where she was inspired by the Ursuline and Edmonds Dominican sisters who taught her. Her uncle, Bishop Leo F. Dworschak of Fargo, North Dakota, told her that becoming a religious sister would mean exploring the world with new eyes and insights. But she never imagined she would collaborate on her community’s official stands on water rights, human trafficking, and immigrants and refugees; study at the International School of Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem; or travel with a Leadership Conference of Women Religious delegation to Mexico in support of fair-trade coffee growers and women’s weaving cooperatives.