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Three Sisters of Providence celebrate their 25th anniversary

Three Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind., recently celebrated their 25th anniversary as members of the Congregation. They are Sisters Theresa Ann Boland, Rose Chiu and Marilu Covani. One formerly served in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

They are:

Sister Theresa Ann Boland is a native of Freeport, Ill. She currently ministers as a teacher in the Aquin Catholic School Corporation in Freeport.

Sister Theresa entered the Congregation Aug. 16, 1987, from St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Freeport. She professed perpetual vows Aug. 12, 1995.

She graduated from Highland Community College with an associates’ degree, then from Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She received a master’s degree in education administration from Rosary College and a master’s degree in Earth literacy from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

Indiana ministries:

Terre Haute: principal, St. Patrick School (1996-2001); Sacred Heart School (2005-2007); substitute teacher, Vigo County School Corporation (2007).
Indianapolis: principal, Holy Angels School (2001-2003).
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: assistant professor, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (2008-2012).

Ministries elsewhere:

Chicago: teacher, Providence-St. Mel (1989-1992); St. Angela School (1992-1993).
Hazelcrest: principal, St. Anne School (1993-1996).

Sister Rose Chiu is a native of Chang Hua, Taiwan. She currently ministers as director of postulants for Asia.

Sister Rose entered the Sisters of Providence Aug. 15, 1987, from Assumption Parish in Taipei, Taiwan. She professed perpetual vows Aug. 12, 1995.

She graduated from Shih Chien School in Taiwan with an associate’s degree in social studies. She received a bachelor’s degree in dogma from Theologate Fu Jen University and she received a master’s degree in special education from Saint Rose College.

Ministries elsewhere

Shalu, Taiwan: campus minister, Providence University (1989-1993).
Yuching, Tainan County, Taiwan: director and executive director, St. Theresa Opportunity Center (1997-2007).
Taiwan: chief executive officer, Schools for the Developmentally Challenged (2008-2009).

Sister Marilu Covani is a native of Rosario, Argentina. She currently ministers as director of worship for the Diocese of San Bernardino in California.

Sister Marilu entered the Congregation Aug. 16, 1987, from St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Pontiac, Mich. She professed perpetual vows July 21, 1993.

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Bernardino Rivadavia College in Argentina.

Indiana ministries:

None.

Ministries elsewhere:

Los Angeles: pastoral coordinator for Hispanic ministry, Archdiocese of Los Angeles San Gabriel Region (1989-1993); coordinator of Hispanic liturgy, Office of Worship, Archdiocese of Los Angeles (1993-1998).

For more information

The Sisters of Providence, a Congregation of nearly 400 women religious, have their motherhouse at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, located northwest of Terre Haute, Ind. Saint Mother Theodore Guerin founded the Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in 1840. Today, Sisters of Providence minister in 19 states, the District of Columbia, Taiwan and China.

For more information about any of the ministries of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, visit the Congregation’s Web site at www.SistersofProvidence.org.

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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