Sister Dorothy Marie Ahern reunites with a past student.

Kerry Scott, with the Mission Advancement office for the Sisters of Providence, has meticulously packed our communication materials, banner stands and fun giveaways, and they are now en route to the Anaheim Convention Center. Say a prayer that they all arrive on-time and in good condition! We’ll arrive March 22 in time to set up our display at booths #168 and #170 — ready for exhibitors on Friday. You’ll find us as you exit from the Arena into the Exhibit Hall and turn right down the first row. Why not mark your map now?!

This is such an enjoyable and life-giving conference for us. Attendees come by the booth who were taught by the SPs in California and around the U.S. They have fond memories of their teachers and it isn’t uncommon for them to reconnect with a sister or two at the conference.

We talk with young women who are discerning their own calling to religious life and Sister Editha Ben, vocation director, will be on-hand to answer specific questions. Sister Mary Montgomery, director of the Terre Haute Deanery Pastoral Center, will also be available to talk with visitors. She’s well-versed in parish coordination and support and has a rich background with volunteer programs and many other areas.

We’ll also have information on many of our ministries including White Violet Center for Eco-Justice (and the beloved alpacas) and Providence Center (for tours, pilgrimages, The Gift Shop and the Shrine of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin). We’re also blessed to have two associates with our Associate Relationship helping to staff the booth during the event: Pat Ruck (you may remember her from last year) and Joann Kennelly.

Pick up a brochure on Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and take it back to your parish. Help those you work with get to know a new(er) saint – she was canonized the 8th U.S. saint in 2006 by Pope Benedict. We also have a few gifts to hand out, while supplies last! We’re looking forward to seeing you.