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Sister Stories is published monthly, each time profiling a Sister of Providence and her faith journey.

Sister Regina Gallo

Posted on November 24, 2014

“Looking at the things I closed the door on entering religious life — that was very difficult.” Sister Regina Gallo talks about giving up her dreams of becoming a wife and mother in order to become a Sisters of Providence Continue reading

Get to know Sister Mary Tomlinson

Posted on August 25, 2014

Sister Mary Tomlinson, SP, was a divorced single mother working her way up the corporate ladder when she recognized God nudging her toward becoming a Catholic sister. Read her story, from how she told her college-age son she wanted to be nun and his reaction, to her life today as a religious sister and a grandmother. Continue reading

Sister Barbara Reder

Posted on May 12, 2014

“I think our most important task is to become more and more like Jesus, and in that way to spread that to others. And you can’t do that without being fed. And the Eucharist is one of my prime ways of getting that nourishment,” says Sister Barbara Reder who currently ministers as a pastoral associate at St. Malachy Parish in Brownsburg, Indiana. Continue reading

Sister Janice Smith

Posted on March 5, 2014

Get to know Sister Janice Smith. In these video clips she tells about her life and ministry as a Sister of Providence and her life before becoming a Sister of Providence. She also talks about living the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and about the formation process for those becoming Sisters of Providence. Continue reading

Sister Marilyn Baker

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 11:08 am by

Sister Marilyn Baker shares about her life and call as a Sister of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in these short video segments. Continue reading

Sister Claire Hanson

Posted on October 29, 2013

Sister Claire Hanson is happy living out the Sisters of Providence mission of love mercy and justice in service among God’s people.

“I spent 40 years as an early childhood teacher and loved every day. I was fortunate to have lived in five different states during my teaching years which gave me wonderful opportunities for service, community life and making friends,” she said. Continue reading

Sister Therese Whitsett

Posted on September 27, 2013

Sister Therese Whitsett has spent more than 30 years serving the Hispanic population of the United States. In her life as a Sister of Providence she can look back and see God’s Providence guiding her along the way. Continue reading

Sister Anne Therese Falkenstein

Posted on August 21, 2013

“As Sisters of Providence we have a very profound love and respect for one another. We pray daily, respect all human beings, collaboratively serve others including the poor, sick and underprivileged, care for the earth, challenge one another, support each other in good times and bad, accept each other despite our imperfections, celebrate each other’s successes, accompany one another in our disappointments, strive to be the persons God has called us to be, value the wisdom of various generations, are quick to forgive, honor the life and work of Saint Theodora Guerin and constantly discern God’s will,” says Sister Anne Therese Falkenstein. Continue reading

Sister Patty Fillenwarth

Posted on June 21, 2013 at 2:47 pm by

“To me it was sort of like coming home or something. It was not a scary thing, it just felt right,” Sister Patty Fillenwarth said of her call to religious life. Continue reading

Sister Rebecca Keller

Posted on May 10, 2013

Download Sister stories – Sister Rebecca Keller   Rebecca “Becky” Keller was in her mid-20s. She had graduated from Purdue University and was teaching elementary school. Yet an idea remained with her that she couldn’t shake. She knew little about  Continue Reading »

Sister Dina Bato

Posted on May 6, 2013

I honestly had never thought about being a nun until several people independent of each other asked me if I had ever considered it as a possible vocation. Though my initial response was that the thought never crossed my mind, the questions would never leave me. Continue reading

Sister Maureen Fallon

Posted on March 7, 2013

Download All Things Possible – Sister Maureen Fallon Q. Tell us about your early life: your family, where you grew up, your priorities, your interests, your values? I’m an Irish Catholic Chicagoan, which defines a whole culture in Chicago. My  Continue Reading »

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