A visible transformation
I remember the first time I met Sister Regina Gallo. She had just entered the Sisters of Providence as a postulant. As a communications staff member, I was assigned to take some photos. I remember being excited that she was young (29). I noticed she was boisterous and fun.
But there was something I couldn’t quite put my finger on that seemed to be missing.
Working in communications for the Sisters of Providence in various roles over the past 15 years, I can say that one of my favorite parts of the job is interviewing the sisters and telling their stories. I always leave the interview inspired or intrigued, excited or with a new understanding. At the very least there is something to think about.
Recently I had the opportunity to interview Sister Regina for a video interview, some 13 years after I first met her. (Watch it here. Sister Regina talks about giving up her dream of marriage and family, about living the vows and more.)
As we went through the interview, I was inspired and intrigued. I was excited to share what she had to say with others. And during that interview, something struck me. Nothing was missing. I was very much talking to a Sister of Providence. (I’ve done it awhile and I have a feel for it.) This time, listening to Sister Regina, nothing was missing.
In the 13 years since I first met Sister Regina Gallo, she had truly become a Sister of Providence.
It was all there. The depth, the community spirit. A level of wisdom, a level of spiritual groundedness.
And I left excited. Excited because I realized that “becoming a sister” isn’t just something that happened in the 1960s when big groups of women entered the Congregation. It is something that is still happening today.
It left me excited about the future. Congregation numbers may be smaller, but that spiritual depth is still being passed on. It will still be here for generations to come.
The interview also left me thankful. Thankful to the women of today still willing to give their lives to this community, to serving and sharing love, mercy and justice with the world. And thankful for the women who are Sisters of Providence today, still passing on that wonderful wisdom and lived spirituality to the next generation.
Can you help us spread the word about the life as a Sisters of Providence to women of today? Do you know someone who might find fulfillment as a Sister of Providence? Tell her about the Sisters of Providence! Share Sister Regina’s videos with her. Or point her in the direction of our website: www.SistersofProvidence.org