Providence Associates Features
We have reflected on what it means to be a Providence woman. We have shared our gratitude and the inspiration we find from Saint Mother Theodore. In all these opportunities for sharing, we see the hand of Providence guiding us and calling us to walk together on this path that Providence has chosen for us. Continue reading
Coming home means … friendly faces and laughter.
Coming home means … feeling at ease and at peace.
Coming home means … being together in Our Woods! Continue reading
“For me, being a Providence Associate gives me focus. As a Roman Catholic, living and preaching the Gospel (using words only when necessary) is a mission. But being a Providence Associate focuses that mission into a passion to spread the good news without acting superior,” writes 25-year-old Providence Associate Kaitlyn Willy on her blog for her newly founded e-magazine focused on bringing retreats to people in their daily life. Continue reading
Dottie King, Ph.D. is a wife, mother of six, grandmother and non-Catholic. These roles have not excluded her from also becoming president of the Sisters of Providence-sponsored Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC). She’s also a strong proponent of furthering the mission of love, mercy and justice. Continue reading
Coming together has the power to change us. We form new relationships, share ideas and resources, make new friends. Along the way we are often called to change our minds and our ways of doing things, writes Sister Nancy Nolan as she reflects on collaboration and Providence spirituality.
How I came to see Providence in this light is a story in collaboration itself. Continue reading
It takes a lot of dedicated work and the collaboration of many, many caring volunteers to make The Helping Hands thrift shop in West Terre Haute work. But a group of caring people bring clothing and other necessities to their community through this shop built on faith and love for others. Continue reading
“There was no mixing with the ‘lay people,’” Sister Diane recalls. At that time, Sister Diane never would have imagined she’d find herself where she is today. Sister Diane now ministers as the director of the Providence Associates. Providence Associates are women and men from diverse faith traditions. They study and then make commitments with the Sisters of Providence to join in the mission of love, mercy and justice in service among God’s people. Continue reading
“Take My Hand,” a retreat for Providence Associates, based on the writings of Saint Mother Theodore, was a special retreat. It reached into the story of Mother Theodore and brought it forward to our lives in the present, shares Joanna Dailey of the March 2014 Providence Associate retreat at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Continue reading
Recently “Providence Circles” were formed based on geographic area. Twelve are now operating across the U.S. Because not all Associates live near to each other, two “virtual” Providence Circles were also established. These groups meet via conference call. Any associate, candidate-associate or sister is welcome to attend any of the circles. Continue reading
Candidate-Associates took the commitment to become Providence Associates for one year, following their year of discernment and companioning by either a Sister of Providence or Providence Associate. Hear about several of their journeys. Continue reading
On November 2, 2013, six Providence Associate renewed their commitment to the Sisters of Providence at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Indianapolis. S. Connie Kramer led the ceremony of renewal with Millie Brady and Alice Shelton reading from Scripture and Continue Reading »
Thank you Evan Drake for reminding me, reminding all of us, that you don’t need to be an adult to want to associate yourself with a loving Provident God or to be part of a group that commits itself to communicating that God’s providential care to others through works of love, mercy and justice.
No doubt Evan’s family has played a large part in his faith development and in his knowing a loving God. But I would like to give his association with the Sisters of Providence some credit!
He can’t have missed how genuinely excited people seem to be about being Associates, about being part of something bigger than themselves, about knowing that the unity they share with the Sisters of Providence and other Associates through this relationship enables them to be better people and to have an impact on life as they know it. Continue reading