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Refounding the Sisters of Providence

RootedforTomorrowDuring our 2011 General Chapter, we Sisters of Providence chose to refound the Congregation. We deliberately chose refounding — not reconfiguring, not restructuring, not regressing, not retiring and not choosing to end the mission of Providence.

We deliberately chose to walk the walk of our six foundresses — Saint Mother Theodore Guérin, Sister St. Vincent Ferrer Gagé, Sister Basilide Sénéchal, Sister Olympiade Boyer, Sister Mary Ligouri Tiercin and Sister Mary Xavier Lerée.

We chose to live and minister and make decisions for the sake of the mission, so that the mission of Providence will continue into the future through the lives of our sisters, our Providence Associates and all our partners in ministry.

When we made this commitment to one another, we had a sense that the way would be challenging — as it was for our foremothers. The words of Mother Theodore that inspired then and now are these: “Perfect abandonment of ourselves in all things for the future requires great courage, but we ought to aspire to it.”

Mother Theodore and her companions perfectly abandoned themselves for the sake of a future they could not imagine or predict. Their great courage — lived not only aspired to — laid the foundation for the 175 years that have followed.

Our refounding builds on the same essential foundation of these original six Sisters of Providence. We rely on, rest on, build on “that Providence that thus far has never failed us.” For the sake of the mission of Providence, may we allow Holy Mystery to create us anew.

In this issue of HOPE you will find stories about what this refounding looks like as we move into the future.

(Originally published in the Fall 2014 issue of HOPE magazine.)

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Sister Denise Wilkinson

Sister Denise was the general superior of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods from 2006-2016. She previously served as a high school teacher, college administrator, postulant/novice director and director of advancement and communications for the Congregation. Currently, Sister Denise serves the Congregation in various volunteer positions.

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1 Comment

  1. Kelly W on October 30, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    May God bless, keep and refound your congregation most vibrantly. I will keep your order in my prayers~

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