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The Providence journey begins for new Candidate-Associates!

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Twenty-one women and men began their journey to become Providence Associates (PA) on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind. They were joined by Sisters Dawn Tomazewski, general officer, and Diane Mason, director, and Debbie Dillow, PA and assistant director, for Mass and a special blessing in the Church of the Immaculate Conception at 11 a.m.

Prior to Mass, the group was welcomed in Reilly Auditorium in Owens Hall, and spent time getting to know one another. New candidates are from Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio and Texas. “It was a wonderful day of getting to know each other as we prayed together and shared our special stories of what brought us to the Sisters of Providence,” said Debbie.

The new Candidate-Associates are:

Jennifer Calvert, Worthington, Ind.
Duane Drake, Hamilton, Ohio
Jane Fischer, Indianapolis, Ind.
Charles Fisher, Terre Haute, Ind.
Diana M. Garza, Falfurris, Texas
Tracy Biggs-Green, Crawfordsville, Ind.
DeAnna Havel, Corpus Christi, Texas
Tara Lane, West Terre Haute, Ind.
Susan McDowell, Terre Haute, Ind.
Amy Miranda, Terre Haute, Ind.
Kelly O’Hanrahan, Plainfield, Ind.
Marilyn Rausch, Indianapolis, Ind.
Suzie Ray, Chaska, Mn.
Lorraine Scheidler, Terre Haute, Ind.
Barbara Silvestri, North Riverside, Ill.
Jean Smith, Indianapolis, Ind.
Traci L. Tucker, Paris, Ill.
Terry Urban, Spencer, Ind.
Sarah M. Wilson, Paris, Ill.
Elizabethada (Liz) Wright, Duluth, Mn.
Rev. Rebecca Zelensky, Terre Haute, Ind.

Three Candidate-Associates are extending their journey:

Helen Flavin, Fall River, Mass.
Marcy Meldahl, Knoxville, Tenn.
Stephanie Salter, Terre Haute, Ind.

Providence Associate Lorraine Kirker, of Coupeville, Wash., renewed her commitment at this Saturday Mass.

Enjoy photos of the special day on Flickr.

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The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, are a congregation of Roman Catholic women religious (sisters) who minister throughout the United States and Taiwan. Saint Mother Theodore Guerin founded the Sisters of Providence in 1840. The congregation has a mission of being God's Providence in the world by committing to performing works of love, mercy and justice in service among God's people.

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