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Celebrating women deacons of the early Church

Sisters Concetta Bañez, Carol Nolan and Loretta Picucci of Coachella, Calif., once again opened their home and hosted a special prayer service and meal for Providence Associates, Candidate-Associates, sisters and friends on Friday, July 20, 2012, in their Providence in the Desert residence. The group met to celebrate the women deacons of the early Church. Sister Concetta, and Providence Candidate-Associates Martha Langarica, April Bradley and Emma Contreras and Sister Geneva, OSF, sat in for Deacons Phoebe, Olympias, Macrina, Dionysia and Radegunda during a prayer service at the sisters’ home.

The evening was topped off in true SP fashion with a delicious potluck meal and lots of conversation, deep sharing and laughter.

All guests reside in California and included Providence Candidate-Associate April Bradley of Cathedral City and Brad Bradley; Providence Candidate-Associate David Rudolph of Idyllwild and Margaret Mary Rudolph; Providence Candidate-Associates Emma Contreras of Indio and Martha Langarica of Thermal; Providence Associates Pat Ruck of Aliso Viejo and Jeannie Smith of Solana Beach; Sisters Cathy White and Marilú Covani, both of San Bernardino; and friends Dave, Sheila, Katy and Sisters Monessa, OSF, and Geneva, OSF.

(Posted July 25, 2012)

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Paul Beel

Paul worked for the Sisters of Providence for 10 years, first as a Systems Analyst in the Information Technology department and as a photographer/digital media/web developer in the Missions Advancement office. He is a graduate of Indiana State University with a degree in electronics technology.

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