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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

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

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

On policing and Providence

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

Sister Pat, a volunteer with the Chicago Police Department on the south side of the city, says this is not the first time she has taken a non-traditional path. “It’s another way to be God’s presence in the community,” says Sister Pat Mahoney of her many years working as a community volunteer with her local police station in Chicago. Continue reading

Fuqua Park evolves

Posted on April 20, 2015 at 1:48 pm by

Sister Jean Fuqua’s decades-long task of revisioning the area around St. Joseph’s Lake at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and calling others forward to help has resulted in restoration of the habitat and a beautiful space for the sisters to enjoy. Continue reading

Sister Ruth Johnson: kinship with creation

Posted on April 20, 2015 at 1:14 pm by

“We have forced the planet to supply all our needs and given nothing in return — thus alienating our very life source and now the earth cries out in pain. How can we abandon that cry?” Continue reading

Ecological pioneer teacher leaves lasting impression

Posted on April 20, 2015 at 11:45 am by

“[Sister Helen Jean] taught all of us … a way of thinking and living in a much bigger world than most of us had experienced before. Caring for each other, the earth and people we would never know was as normal as breathing to Sister Helen.” — Julia Boarini Conaghan, ’73 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

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

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