21 New Providence Associates commit to works of love, mercy and justice
Recently 21 Providence Associates pledged “to make a commitment that will honor Divine Providence and further God’s loving plans through works of love, mercy and justice in service among God’s people.” Most did so in a ceremony Nov. 9 in the Church of the Immaculate Conception at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind.
Each new Associate was companioned by a Sister of Providence or another Providence Associate over the past year. Together they met to study, pray and reflect on the spirit of the Congregation.
The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods is a Congregation of more than 300 Roman Catholic women religious dedicated to serving others through works of love, mercy and justice. Their motherhouse is located 10 minutes northwest of downtown Terre Haute, Ind. The Congregation was founded in 1840 by Saint Mother Theodore Guerin.
Providence Associates are women and men of diverse faith traditions who enter into a formal relationship with the Sisters of Providence. Associates often are seeking to deepen their spiritual lives and to consciously join in the mission of love, mercy and justice in service among God’s people.
Making first commitments as Providence Associates this year were: From Terre Haute, Ind.,: Michelle Davis, Felisa Javier-Holt, Dottie L. King, Mickie Lane-Fredericks, Karen Sagraves and Tina Soules. From elsewhere in Indiana were: Lee Plahitko Crislip and Kaitlyn Willy of Indianapolis, Judy Coulup Hund and Joan Townsend of Fishers, Jude Magers of Carmel and Jennifer Odle of Charlottesville. From Illinois were: Pat Bowen of Yale, Mary Pat Dailey Cross of Wilmette and Betty Tate Thorne of Chicago. Joining them were: William Seth Adams & Amy Donohue-Adams of Langley, Wash; April Bradley of Cathedral City, Calif.; Li-Chih (Maria) Wang Fan of Arlington, Texas; Sheila Galvin of Louisville, Ky.; and Paula Marie Thompson of Fayetteville, W.Va.
“I am proof that the sacredness of the space and the mission of the sisters reaches everyone that touches them,” Lee Crislip said of her journey.
Dottie King, who is the president of St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, said that her choice to enter into a formal relationship with the Sisters of Providence “reflects my reality. I find myself in relationships with many sisters and these relationships are mentoring, encouraging and defining.” King’s hope, she said, is to use her Associate relationship “to enhance the role of the sisters’ charism at the college and to continue my own faith journey.”
The new group brings to 193 the number of Providence Associates in the United States and Taiwan, a response that few people imagined possible when the Providence Associate Relationship was created just seven years ago. To make communication easier and to foster even closer connections, 12 Providence Circle meeting groups have been formed in the past year. Ten are geographical and two are online. Another 28 people began the journey in October as Candidate-Associates.
There is no canonical, financial or legal obligation to one another on the part of the Associates or the Congregation.
If you feel Providence is inviting you, contact Sister Diane Mason, director of Providence Associates, at 708-364-7917 or firstname.lastname@example.org or find more information on the Sisters of Providence website at SistersofProvidence.org.
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About the Sisters of Providence
The Sisters of Providence, a congregation of 214 women religious, with 300 Providence Associates, collaborate with others to create a more just and hope-filled world through prayer, education, service and advocacy. The Sisters of Providence have their motherhouse at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, located just northwest of downtown Terre Haute, Ind., which is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Saint Mother Theodore Guerin founded the Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in 1840. Today, Sisters of Providence minister in 13 states, the District of Columbia and Asia, through works of love, mercy and justice. More information about the Sisters of Providence and their ministries can be found at SistersofProvidence.org.