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Three Sisters of Providence collaborate on project for Providence in the Desert

Three Sisters of Providence from across the country recently came together to collaborate on a special project.

A donor to Providence in the Desert, an SP sponsored ministry under Guerin Outreach Ministries, provided money to purchase computers and software to incorporate the Rosetta Stone program, an acclaimed method for teaching a second language, into the ministry. The program will assist Providence in the Desert in their mission to teach the English language to immigrant farm workers living in poverty in the Coachella Valley in California.

Sister Mary Tomlinson, development coordinator for Guerin Outreach Ministries, served as project coordinator, researching hardware and software, overseeing the project and keeping in touch with the donor. Sister Deidre Jordy came on board as a technical consultant to assist with the installation of the software onto the eight purchased laptops. The two sisters traveled to Sister Carol Nolan and Providence in the Desert in Coachella, Calif. from Jan. 4-10 to install the software on the computers. Now Sister Carol and her staff begin the task of setting guidelines for students and implementing the language tool.

“I can’t say enough about the wonderful work Mary and Deidre have done on this,” Sister Carol said.

Though there were snags in the process and it was not always smooth, the three sisters enjoyed the opportunity to each offer their talents to the project.

“Each of us contributed what we could. Though we had our moments of confusion and disagreements, we worked together very well, and in the end we are all excited about the project,” Sister Mary said.

“I’m excited about the project and thrilled that I am able to be of help to Providence in the Desert. They are doing great things down there,” Sister Deidre said.

The final pieces of the project are being completed, and the staff at Providence in the Desert hopes to have a new and exciting tool in the hands of students by mid-February.

About the Sisters of Providence

The Sisters of Providence, a congregation of 214 women religious, with 300 Providence Associates, collaborate with others to create a more just and hope-filled world through prayer, education, service and advocacy. The Sisters of Providence have their motherhouse at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, located just northwest of downtown Terre Haute, Ind., which is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Saint Mother Theodore Guerin founded the Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in 1840. Today, Sisters of Providence minister in 13 states, the District of Columbia and Asia, through works of love, mercy and justice. More information about the Sisters of Providence and their ministries can be found at SistersofProvidence.org.

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The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, are a congregation of Roman Catholic women religious (sisters) who minister throughout the United States and Taiwan. Saint Mother Theodore Guerin founded the Sisters of Providence in 1840. The congregation has a mission of being God's Providence in the world by committing to performing works of love, mercy and justice in service among God's people.

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