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Our new postulant arrives!

Arrianne knocks to enter.

On Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, Arrianne Whittaker, a young woman from Waukesha, Wis., entered the postulancy of the Sisters of Providence.

Arrianne had thought about becoming a sister since her sophomore year of high school. Following her graduation from Marquette University, Arrianne ministered at St. Ann Clinic in Terre Haute, Ind. as a Providence Volunteer Minister. It was during her year living and ministering with the Sisters of Providence that her desire to discern the possibility of religious life became re-ignited.

Serving in the medical field in some capacity has been her passion since she was a young girl. When asked why she wishes to become a Sister of Providence, Arrianne said, “By living and ministering with this extraordinary community of women, I am blessed with a strong witness of life centered in faith, love and passion. In the same way, this choice challenges me to serve as a witness of these same values to others. I am inspired by the blessing, and humbled by the challenge.”

As part of the simple postulant entrance ritual, Arrianne knocked on the east door of Providence Hall. She was invited in and welcomed by Sister Denise, the general superior, general officers, and members of the New Membership Team. This “practice” of welcoming and blessing formally begins her time of postulancy.

Please join with us in celebrating the gift of Arrianne’s presence with us.

Sisters Jenny, Dawn and Denise with Arrianne.

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Sister Jenny Howard is a general officer of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. Prior to her leadership role, Sister Jenny served as Vocations director for the Congregation.

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