Wherever one Sister of Providence is … we all are!
On Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 25, a large number of Sisters of Providence gathered in St. Joseph’s Chapel in Owens Hall to share in a simple prayer of “missioning” and blessing for Sister Arrianne Whittaker as she transitioned into her mission novice year.
Sister Arrianne shared these reflections:
“When I reflect on my experience of the missioning prayer ritual, it can be summed up in two words — sacred connection — a sacred time, in a sacred place, with a community of women who share a sacred spirit.
As we began the prayer service with our Prayer of Reunion I felt that sacred spirit surround me. I felt connected in a way I had not noticed before. Maybe it has slowly, unassumingly seeped into my bones over the past two and a half years, but this day it was very clear to me … I am a Sister of Providence!
As I leave this experience of the Canonical Novitiate, I do it nurtured by the love and support of my sisters, even those who have gone before us: Mother Theodore Guerin, our founding sisters and countless others.
During the ritual I was honored to be given a chaplet which belonged to a very special sister and mentor on my journey. This Sister passed away last year after a sudden and unexpected illness. As I held up the chaplet, and was being blessed by my sisters, I felt her presence there blessing me on my way.
I may be only one Sister of Providence engaging in one particular ministry, but the missioning prayer cemented for me the reality and gift of this life. Namely that we can never accomplish alone what we are called by God to do …. rather, we do it rooted in the love and connection which comes from our shared mission and spirit. As one wise mentor often has said to me: ‘wherever ONE Sister of Providence is, we ALL are.’”
Upon completion of her year as a canonical novice, Sister Arrianne now begins her mission novice year as she continues her discernment journey toward first profession of vows.