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Sent to serve through the years

ObedienceNoteFor the Congregation’s first 120 years in Indiana, Sisters of Providence learned of their assignments for the year by hearing the Obedience List read aloud on August 15, the day before sisters began to leave for the assigned missions. In 1961, Mother Rose Angela Horan began a new system where each sister received her appointment by way of a note opened after Morning Prayers on the first Sunday in May.

Sister Rosemary Borntrager (then Sister Rose Cecile) kept the original obedience note that she received on May 7, 1961. You can see that she was asked to be particularly obedient that year — she was originally assigned to teach Grade 4 in Indianapolis, but by July was switched to teaching Grade 7 in Washington, D.C.

More historical photos of Sisters of Providence leaving for mission can be seen below.

(Originally published in the Fall 2013 issue of HOPE magazine.)


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