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Sister Dorothy Gartland: neighborhood ministry making a difference

Posted on December 18, 2014 at 4:55 am by

Fifteen of the best years of my life as a Sister of Providence were spent working as program director/supervisor of the after school homework program at Providence Family Services (PFS). I’ve had a wonderful life and maybe I’m a bit nostalgic, but truly Providence Family Services was and is an important part of our West Humboldt Park neighborhood here in Chicago. Continue reading

A system in need of fixing

Posted on December 15, 2014 at 5:30 am by

The United States justice system is broken! How can we fix it and why should we care? For more than a decade, I have been involved in ministries and educational ventures that have taken me into state and federal correctional  Continue Reading »

Celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe

Posted on December 12, 2014 at 4:12 am by

Last fall, I participated in a demonstration to support 11 pilgrims on a 50-mile journey through central Indiana. We welcomed the group who had walked from Anderson to Indianapolis to call for a dignified pathway to citizenship for immigrants, millions of whom have lived in the shadows of our country for years. Continue reading

Reading with My Heart

Posted on December 5, 2014 at 5:30 am by

Book on slavery leaves profound impact Continue reading

Cards and Christmas carols

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 5:25 am by

So Advent has arrived. There is a lovely Advent wreath in the chapel and another in the church. To my surprise, the novices don’t know “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” The prominent Advent song here seems to be “O Come, Divine Messiah,” which they sing quite slowly. I taught the novices “Stay Awake, Be Ready,” a children’s Advent song that includes some clapping. I invite you to look it up and make a joyful noise. Continue reading

Letter: Jan 18. 1856

Posted on December 1, 2014 at 1:27 am by

“When we are cold is not the time to keep away from the fire.” It’s a fitting statement for the weather here lately, but what does it really mean? Continue reading

Providence prayers for the journey of Advent

Posted on November 30, 2014 at 2:36 am by

Advent means coming (Latin adventus; Greek parousia): the coming of Emmanuel (God-with-us) into our lives, the coming of Providence into the universe. This start of the Christian liturgical year invites us to prepare for the coming of light, liberation, and love into the universe. It challenges us to stay awake to Providence in our midst and to witness to this relationship. Continue reading

“To be present to all that happens …” – Sister Denise reflects on Advent

Posted on November 29, 2014 at 11:01 pm by

Sister Denise Wilkinson, general superior, encourages us to “be in the present” this Advent season – to be like Mary. Continue reading

Giving thanks from the heart

Posted on November 27, 2014 at 2:52 am by

The two words thank you are so simple! But if said from deep within our hearts they can open a field of compassion and gratitude to others. If said from deep within our hearts, the saying of thank you becomes real. When we are real, we are able to melt the frozen places in others and ourselves. Continue reading

T-shirt honors legacy of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 5:30 am by

Those who know me know of my love of T-shirts supporting current social justice issues. My friend, Sister Denise Wilkinson, will often comment when she sees a new one. “OK, Kathleen, what issue do I need to know about this  Continue Reading »

Stitching a thanksgiving “quilt of words” together

Posted on November 23, 2014 at 5:30 am by

Sister Denise Wilkinson’s Thanksgiving Day reflection for 2014 weaves a quite of words together to encourage us. Continue reading

Sister Barbara Sheehan receives Distinguished Service Award

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 5:30 am by

Recognizing her outstanding service, The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) the North Central Region, recently honored Sister of Providence Sister Barbara Sheehan with its Distinguished Service Award. Sister Barbara received the award on Oct. 20. The Rev. Gary Sartain,  Continue Reading »

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