Saint Mother Theodore Guerin
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
As a kid, saints always fascinated me. I liked hearing their stories from my Sister of Providence teachers and reading their stories on my own. The martyrs, in my young mind, were the best! I really liked those stories and reveled in the fantasy that someday I, too, would die for my faith, just as they did — burned at the stake or fed to the lions. Well, forget that! Reality soon set in and with it a desire to stay as far away from that kind of suffering (make that any kind of suffering) as possible! Continue reading
An important part of the orientation toward becoming Providence Associates is the sharing of stories.
Several spoke of seeking something more in their lives, of seeking a deeper spirituality.
One young woman saw this as a way to keep her accountable to community service. Another was seeking intentionality.
Several were friends of Providence Associates who had heard their tales of life-giving experience as a Providence Associate and were looking for the same. Continue reading
On day three prior to the Oct. 25 public opening of the shrine, I’d like to focus on just three countries that have played a significant role in the 174 years since our foundation in 1840: France, United States and China. From France to America to China, the call to mission is basic to our history. Continue reading
We’ve got four days to go and we are basically beating down the doors to the new shrine! (Ok, not really. Please refrain from beating down the doors to the shrine.) But let’s get excited and start planning your day here! Here are four things to know about the big day. Continue reading
Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, the ever-humble foundress of the Sisters of Providence, often credited her five companions and their strengths in helping to build the American mission. They left the civilization and culture of their French homeland for a raw and tiny homestead in the wilderness. They labored in the freezing Indiana winters and suffered the intense heat and humidity while tending their gardens in black habits. Continue reading