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Bridging transition and loss

Posted on October 15, 2015 at 9:30 am by

Sister Joseph Ellen Keitzer serves in pastoral ministry for St. Angela Parish in Chicago — a Catholic Church that was closed 10 years ago.

No, Sister Joseph Ellen hasn’t taken leave of her senses! Her role, as she describes it, is “gathering the lost sheep.” Continue reading

Sister Joseph Ellen on the needs of the inner-city parish community

Posted on October 15, 2015 at 9:30 am by

One of my goals has been to try to advocate for ethnic diversity and representation from the inner city on various diocesan boards and councils. In most dioceses, the parishes that need assistance the most cannot afford to hire parish staff, and thus have no voice or representation at conferences or workshops. Somehow, the Church has to find a way to include everyone as we proclaim to be “One Bread, One Body”. Continue reading

Every day an adventure for Sister Betty Smigla

Posted on October 15, 2015 at 9:30 am by

“It’s overwhelming that another human being from another county who is in need puts so much confidence in us. But that’s a blessing. I’m not a psychologist, I’m not a doctor, but I have a good gut. I build them up. They leave a little more energized, a little more peaceful, knowing at least someone was there to listen to them,” says Sister Betty Smigla of her ministry as a “compañera” to Spanish-speaking clients seeking help navigating complex social systems in Chicago. Continue reading

Retired sisters share Saint Mother Theodore and her home

Posted on October 15, 2015 at 9:30 am by

“When I think of the challenges facing our Congregation today … it may seem like all appearances are against a vibrant future. I am called to remember what the six founding sisters faced, and that deepens my faith and trust in Providence.” Continue reading

Devotion at a global level: Sister Mary Rita Griffin

Posted on October 15, 2015 at 9:30 am by

Sister Mary Rita Griffin is a person who radiates passion and takes her ministry to heart. Her role as Our Lady of Providence shrine coordinator, which she took on in July of 2014, is no exception to her single-hearted character.
“I have been amazed by the rich friendships that are happening through my role all centered on Our Lady of Providence,” Sister Mary says. “It’s a growing role for me as more people share their love for her, and I love the international flavor of it.” Continue reading

Sister Teresa Costello: Love for learning and a healing touch

Posted on October 15, 2015 at 9:30 am by

Among Sister Teresa’s volunteer ministries are offering massage to residents of the sisters’ health care facility and sorting vegetables for their Community Supported Agriculture program. Sorting vegtables takes Sister Teresa back to her childhood in Ireland. “I grew up on a farm, so it is very life-giving to me to get these foods ready for sharing and for selling at the Terre Haute Farmers’ market,” she says.
“I love working with the sisters and other elders in health care. I enjoy learning from them as they share with me as I give them a shoulder massage or rub their hands,” she said. “It is comforting to them.” Continue reading

Sister Judy Birgen: parenting SP style

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

Sister Judy Birgen has helped raise Bry’Chell Johnson for the past 10 years. What is it like growing up with a Sister of Providence as a parent figure? Bry’Chell and Sister Judy share their story. Continue reading

Enriching the lives of the elderly: Susan Dinnin

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

“I view those for whom I care as more than clients – they are friends, persons in whose lives I am invested. I assist them with their physical needs but I also pray with them, bring them Eucharist, and have good conversations with them about whatever interests them at that moment,” Sister Susan Dinnin says of the elderly individuals of who she helps provide in-home care. Continue reading

Ministry helps older adults not get lost in the parish community

Posted on July 16, 2015 at 8:00 am by

“This ministry aims to provide support to those who are aging into the second half of life by expanding, deepening and nurturing the spiritual dimensions of their lives. My hope is we can companion persons offering spiritual and grief support during various transitions in preparation for the final transition into eternal life,” said Sister Carole Kimes of her ministry at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Carmel, Indiana. Continue reading

Sister Kathleen on the pages of Rolling Stone magazine

Posted on July 16, 2015 at 8:00 am by

Did you read the feature that quoted Sister Kathleen Desautels in Rolling Stone? As a sister on the forefront of social justice issues in the church and society, Sister Kathleen sometimes shows up in unexpected places. Continue reading

From troubled teen to sister in medicine: Sister Barbara Battista

Posted on July 16, 2015 at 7:00 am by

Who would think that a wild teenager, kicked out of her Catholic school her sophomore year, would end up a Sister of Providence? But that is part of Sister Barbara Battista’s story. From wild child to pharmacist to Physician Assistant, Sister Barbara’s story has some unexpected turns. Continue reading

Sister Connie Kramer leads retreats for homeless

Posted on July 16, 2015 at 7:00 am by

“It is very profound to me to watch God do for people what they cannot do for themselves,” Sister Connie Kramer says of her work offering retreats for people who are homeless in the Indianapolis area. Continue reading

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