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Continually called: Providence Associate Connie Schnapf

Posted on August 14, 2015 at 4:01 am by

Providence continues to call me deeper and deeper in the mystery, and I am so grateful. The opportunity to further my commitment to God’s Providence as a woman of faith, wife, mother, grandmother and companion to others through a call to love, mercy and justice, continues to challenge and bless my life. It is an integral part of who I am and who I am becoming. Continue reading

Belonging with the Sisters of Providence: Providence Associate Marilyn Rausch

Posted on July 28, 2015 at 3:40 am by

Becoming a Providence Associate completed a circle, returning to the roots that nourished me even when I was in a different space. The spirituality and witness of the Sisters of Providence is a magnet that continues to attract and hold close the depths of my heart. Returning as an associate is like coming home. Continue reading

Trust in a Provident God: Providence Associate Bill Hughes

Posted on July 22, 2015 at 4:41 am by

What continues to draw me to the associate relationship is the deep spirituality I encounter every time I’m with the sisters—their intelligence, their strength, their kindness, their joy, their inclusiveness, their openness to re-evaluating the way things are in their situation, both as individuals and as a community, their openness to change, and most of all the way they live out their strong commitment to Providence “that so far has never failed us.” Continue reading

Struggles of a saint: Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

Posted on July 16, 2015 at 9:00 am by

Do you know the story of Saint Mother Theodore’s painful relationship with the Bishop Cèlestine de la Hailandière of Vincennes, Indiana? At one point Bishop de la Hailandière went so far as to lock Saint Mother Theodore in the room and excommunicate her from the Congregation. Continue reading

True to the calling: Providence Associate Joan Frisz

Posted on July 13, 2015 at 4:38 am by

My desire to be a Providence Associate was rooted in my desire to live an authentic life that is consistent with my values and true to the calling from my God. Continue reading

Cherishing creation

Posted on April 18, 2015 at 6:00 am by

“Our promise in this time is to be God’s loving care for all creation, to be one of the ways God sustains life. We desire to live in right relationship with our Earth and with all that dwells on Earth.” Continue reading

The Easter season of our everyday lives

Posted on April 3, 2015 at 2:53 am by

This season is our everyday lives. It is our every breath. It is not just the letting go of someone we love, but the letting go of what we know.
We rise with the Christ who showed us the way. We are Easter people. We are hope. We are love. Continue reading

I unite with all my sisters and all who share the charism of Providence …

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 3:17 am by

These are the women who taught me how to be who I am without apologizing, to be faithful to the Gospel even when it means being at odds with hierarchy, and to seek out peace in all things. I have learned so much about being a woman, a Christian, a Catholic, an environmental steward, and generally being a human from these people. Continue reading

A call to change

Posted on February 28, 2015 at 2:44 am by

There are many things from which we can fast — irreverence, exploitation, and control, for example. I heard some options several years ago that bear repeating: We can choose to fast from having the last word, or fast from holding on to a past hurt or memory. We can fast from always being right so that we can hear and hold sacred the truth of another. Continue reading

Lent: a conversation within

Posted on February 10, 2015

Lent isn’t a time of giving up. It is a time of looking within ourselves. It is the time for our body, mind, heart and soul to become one with our Jesus Christ. Together, let us embrace this sacred time just as our Saint of God Mother Theodore Guerin did, “trusting in Providence that so far has never failed us.” Continue reading

Jesus didn’t have to get the laundry done …

Posted on January 29, 2015 at 6:28 am by

Women clergy often put extra pressure on themselves to be good examples of living “balanced” lives for the people with whom they minister … followed by a heap of guilt for not always being able to accomplish this! Let us plan a day of rest, reflection, and renewal for you with, A Day of Reflection for Women Ministers, Tuesday, Feb. 10 from 2-8 p.m. at Providence Spirituality & Conference Center. Continue reading

February 1, 2015: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on January 29, 2015 at 6:00 am by

Then they came to Capernaum, and on the sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. In their synagogue was a  Continue Reading »

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