New postulant enters Sisters of Providence
On Monday, Sept. 8, Tracey Horan, a native of Indianapolis, was welcomed into the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods as a postulant.
Director of Postulants Sister Marsha Speth recently said the process of entering the postulancy begins with a ritual of entrance.
Sister Marsha said Tracey knocked on the door at Providence Hall and was greeted by General Superior Sister Denise Wilkinson.
From there, she was ushered to the parlor in Providence Hall for a prayer service, a blessing and the official welcome into the Congregation.
Sister Marsha said the sisters use Providence Hall because it is the oldest residence hall on the campus.
“It’s an immersion experience into religious life with the Sisters of Providence,” Sister Marsha said, “in broad strokes.”
Sister Marsha has been in her position for three years now. She has worked with two other postulants before.
“I will coordinate her schedule and her ministry, as well as conduct assessments and conferences with her,” Sister Marsha said. “She will be learning everything she can learn about the Sisters of Providence, and that includes learning about community practices, traditions and ministries.
“(The Sisters of Providence) are still welcoming new members on an annual basis.”
Sister Marsha also said she will meet with Tracey once a week for instructions and individual conferences.
In addition, she said once a month, Tracey will work as a volunteer in the local area as well as take time volunteering with other Sisters of Providence across the country.
She added Tracey will live within the formation community of the Sisters of Providence, located in Owens Hall.
Sister Marsha said Tracey got to know the Sisters of Providence through her experience as a volunteer with White Violet Center for Eco-Justice.
After a year in the postulancy, Tracey will be eligible to enter into the first year of the novitiate. It is at that point when she will receive the title of sister.
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.