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Sister Joni becomes who God created her to be as a Sister of Providence

Posted on November 3, 2015 at 9:14 am by

“You enter community and spend three years learning who you are,” Sister Joni said. “The masks that we build start to peel away and you become the person God created you to be.” In her new ministry Sister Joni is reconnecting Saint Patrick School in Terre Haute with the Sisters of Providence, the order that founded the school in 1882. Continue reading

Baking with Sister Ann Kevin O’Connor

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

The novice rolls Sister Ann Kevin into the kitchen in her wheelchair and helps her put on an apron. Sister Ann Kevin goes straight to the recipe on the table and gets right to making suggestions about how to begin. It’s obvious she’s in her element. Sister Ann Kevin shares her wisdom, her life stories and her love of baking with Novice Sister Tracey Horan. Continue reading

Music lessons with Sister Regina Marie

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

As a new Sister of Providence, Sister Joni saw how important music was to her sisters. She wanted to make sure she honored the rich history of music that dates back to Saint Mother Theodore’s time.

“I wanted to be able to join in the traditional songs and capture the passion the sisters have when they sing.” Continue reading

Running in the dark

Posted on October 5, 2015 at 4:34 am by

Sister Tracey reflects on the experience of running in the dark and what it teaches her about community: “As silly as I knew my fear of the dark was…the knowledge of other bouncing lights was so hopeful to me in those pre-dawn moments.” Continue reading

Voice lessons in discernment

Posted on September 12, 2015 at 5:13 am by

Our goal in letting go and re-learning how to breathe was to set the vocal chords free to do what they do best: express my natural, God-given voice. After just two voice lessons, I am amazed at how much the process of singing freely parallels and embodies the process of freeing the soul to discern. I invite you to explore these observations with me and how they might apply to your spiritual path at this place, in this time. 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

Care of Earth attracts new members

Posted on April 20, 2015 at 1:01 pm by

The Sisters of Providence ministry educating toward care for creation at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice is attracting young women to joining the Congregation. 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

All things possible: Sister Marilú Covani

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 6:23 pm by

Sister Marilu Covani has been director of worship for 14 years and she still has a passion for ministry. She also stays in touch with other sisters and Providence Associates in the area. Continue reading

Warm hearts welcome postulant Anna Fan

Posted on November 15, 2014 at 5:10 am by

The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods welcome postulant Anna Fan in a heart-warming entrance ceremony on Nov. 13. Continue reading

Mother Theodore’s spirit is alive in the 8 women in formation

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 5:30 am by

There are eight women in initial formation with the Sisters of Providence, who will continue Saint Mother Theodore’s legacy and mission. Learn more about the SPs humble beginnings when you tour the Shrine that opens to the public on October 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. Encourage new vocations with single, Catholic women that you may know and invite them to our Fall Discernment Weekend on Oct. 31-Nov. 2. Continue reading

Toward the future: young sisters look forward

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 2:00 am by

“The Congregation members support each other through difficult challenges and situations. No one works through the difficulties alone. Through several sisters, I see a passion for mission, ministry, prayer, and community, which is contagious,” Sister Dina said.
Three of our newest Sisters of Providence recently shared their thoughts about the future. Sisters Arrianne Whittaker and Dina Bato are temporarily professed and Sister Joni Luna is a novice in her second year of formation. Continue reading

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