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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

Sister Helen Vinton: environmental virtuoso in the bayous

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

“Sister Helen is truly one of the most amazing community organizers with whom I have ever worked. The threads in her life and her Sister of Providence perspective on breaking boundaries and creating hope have made her a perfect fit for Southern Mutual Help Association.” Continue reading

Sisters of Providence Newsnotes

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 8:00 am by

Sister of Providence recognized for service, a new icon of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, 40 years of working for justice and more in these newsnotes from the Sisters of Providence. Continue reading

Head-on collision with diversity

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 8:00 am by

“We’re all immigrants.”
“Our pilgrim church is very much rooted in stories of migration, fleeing persecution and being a ‘stranger’ in a new land,” Postulant Tracey Horan said. “It is part of who we are, and modern stories of migration echo the challenge to faith that we find in Scripture. Continue reading

Providence Family Services: support and welcome for the neighbor

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 8:00 am by

“Sister Patty gives me strength to go on. Life is hard and we all need each other,” said a counseling client at Providence Family Services in Chicago. Continue reading

Sisters companion, advocate for immigrants

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 8:00 am by

“I expect that demand for services will increase as President Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration (Nov. 20, 2014) is implemented. I am concerned that exploiters of the situation will take advantage of vulnerable people. I am glad I can still help,” she said. Continue reading

Sister Patty talks love, mercy and justice

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 8:00 am by

“I tell people, if you get to know some of them personally, you might change your mind. If you hear their story …” says Sister Patty Fillenwarth. Continue reading

Sister Barbara Ann Zeller: modern-day foundress

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 6:00 am by

“Here, it is always like a rolling horizon. Sister Barbara has a way of gathering people and empowering them to fly,” says Cindy Richards, chief operating officer and property manager for the residences for Providence Self-Sufficiency Ministries.. Continue reading

God’s garden

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 6:00 am by

“I have never worked with gardeners before,” Sister Mary Ann said. “But they were all patient with me. It is so much fun to be around these gardeners. I have learned so much!” Continue reading

Walking with the people from a position of influence: Sister Therese Guerin Sullivan

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 6:00 am by

Statistics from the National Association of Church Personnel (posted at in 2013) reported that: “About one-quarter of all diocesan chancellors are women. . . a position of considerable influence in many dioceses.” Continue reading

Ministry in the marriage tribunal

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 6:00 am by

As the only woman reviewing cases in our tribunal, I feel I balance the male perspective. I am a good listener and feel that I relate to people with empathy. If a case is particularly difficult, I will put it aside for a while and reread it later. Often I have new insights in doing so that strengthen the case. Continue reading

Cleveland bishop: value in women’s leadership

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 6:00 am by

“I value women in leadership roles because they share a desire to serve God and God’s people, and they bring different perspectives and aspects of human relationships to conversations and decision-making that enrich the whole process,” Bishop Lennon stated. Continue reading

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