Introducing our new coordinator…
I write to you to introduce myself as the new Coordinator of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Providence, Queen of the Home. My parents had deep devotion to Mary and an oval-framed painting of Our Lady of Providence always graced the entrance to our home. For me it is now a special gift to be united with you in prayer to Our Lady of Providence as I visit her shrine each day to pray for your intentions and the challenges you or members of your family may face. I also want to share with you my joy this year as I celebrate my 60th anniversary as a Sister of Providence!
From 2005 to 2014, I served as administrative assistant at the Woods Day Care/ Pre-School and entered more deeply into the delights and the stresses of parenthood. This ministry deepened my compassion and respect for parents and their prayer needs.
One of my favorite thoughts about Our Lady of Providence is her title, Queen of the Home. As the Mother of Jesus, she is a mentor for family life. Mary and Joseph knew the joys of parenthood and taught their son to pray and read the sacred scriptures. Like so many mothers and fathers today, Jesus’ parents knew times of uncertainty and hardship, but trusted God’s loving Providence for guidance and protection. Because of this, parents feel closely connected to Our Lady of Providence and request her to intercede for their family’s needs.
I am honored to have this new position where I can continue to assist families in our times as they strive to nurture faith-filled, loving children with the support, guidance and protection of Our Lady of Providence. I invite you to join with other pilgrims from around the world who come to visit and pray at this National Shrine of Our Lady of Providence.