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Help get the word out about the Sisters of Providence

Do you know someone who would make a great Sister of Providence? Why not tell her what you see? Invite her to the upcoming discernment weekend Oct. 18-20 at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. There is nothing like a personal invitation!

The Sisters of Providence know that considering the counter-cultural lifestyle of a Catholic sister can bring forth lots of emotions and just as many questions. We want to offer support by inviting single, Catholic women ages 18-42 a chance to spend a weekend asking questions and learning about our life at the Sisters of Providence motherhouse at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

The theme for the weekend is “How do I know what God wants me to do?” There is no charge for attending and housing and meals are provided.

Women will have a chance to talk with other women considering religious life and with those who have recently joined the Sisters of Providence. They can participate in prayer, personal sharing, fun and faith in action.

Sister Arrianne Whittaker will be among the Sisters of Providence answering questions women considering life as a woman religious might have during a weekend event Oct. 18-20 at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind.

Sister Arrianne Whittaker will be among the Sisters of Providence answering questions women considering life as a woman religious might have during a weekend event Oct. 18-20 at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind.

Sister Arrianne Whittaker, 26, will be present. She recalls her feelings leading up to entering the Congregation in 2011.

“Some days I was excited and thought this was the best thing I could do. At other times I was overwhelmed. Another day I would think this is the most ridiculous thing, what am I even thinking? The mood swings could be quick. I had to sort out a lot of information, and I was not sure how to sort it all out. Most days I just had to sit with it,” she said.

“Along the way I learned about myself, and I learned to ask ‘where am I finding peace,’ because if I found peace than I needed to go with it,” she said.

Sister Arrianne, who first spent a year volunteering with the Sisters of Providence, said many things about the Congregation attracted her. “Definitely their evolving sense of Providence revealed through a dedication to works of social and eco-justice. And their understanding of God as connected to all creation,” she said. She also felt called to the mission of love, mercy and justice, to the Congregation’s foundress Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and to their strong sense of home.

The Sisters of Providence need your help in getting the invitation out! Can you invite someone you know to consider a life of serving God’s people through works of love, mercy and justice?

You can find more information about the weekend here by contacting Sister Nancy Nolan at nnolan@spsmw.org or 812-535-2895 or Sister Editha Ben at eben@spsmw.org or 1-800-860-1840, ext. 2895.

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Amy Miranda

Amy Miranda is a Providence Associate of the Sisters of Providence and a staff member in their Mission Advancement office. Amy is a 1998 graduate of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. She currently manages the SP publication HOPE and works on marketing support for Providence Associates, new membership and Saint Mother Theodore Guerin.

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