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HOPE summer 2015 — Did you know?


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Did you know?
Sisters of Providence are full of surprises. Each sister is unique, and so is her story. In this issue of HOPE, we’ve pulled out some stories that you may not have expected about Sisters of Providence. Did you know that Sister Kathleen Desautels was featured in an article in Rolling Stone Magazine? Did you know there is a Sister of Providence who is raising a child? Did you know that Saint Mother Theodore was locked in a room by her bishop? Keep reading and you will find these stories and more. We hope you find something that you didn’t know.


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The age of our youngest sister, great SP nicknames, number of SPs with grown children and more. There are lots of fun facts in this infographic.

mohoney-district-webOn policing and Providence: Sister Pat Mahoney

“It’s another way to be God’s presence in the community,” says Sister Pat Mahoney of her many years working as a community volunteer with her local police station in Chicago.

birgen-daughter-webParenting SP style: Sister Judy Birgen

Sister Judy Birgen has helped raise Bry’Chell Johnson for the past 10 years. What is it like growing up with a Sister of Providence as a parent figure? Bry’Chell and Sister Judy share their story.

kak-protest-webSister Kathleen on the pages of Rolling Stone magazine

Did you read the feature that quoted Sister Kathleen Desautels in Rolling Stone? As a sister on the forefront of social justice issues in the church and society, Sister Kathleen sometimes shows up in unexpected places.

barbara-battista-webFrom troubled teen to sister in medicine: Sister Barbara Battista

Who would think that a wild teenager, kicked out of her Catholic school her sophomore year, would end up a Sister of Providence? But that is part of Sister Barbara Battista’s story. From wild child to pharmacist to physician assistant, Sister Barbara’s story has some unexpected turns.

kramer-homeless-retreat-webSister Connie Kramer leads retreats for homeless

“It is very profound to me to watch God do for people what they cannot do for themselves,” Sister Connie Kramer says of her work offering retreats for people who are homeless in the Indianapolis area.

question-mark-webDid you know these 7 ways to give to the Sisters of Providence?

Automatic monthly giving, store rewards programs, amazon rewards, sharing about the Sisters of Providence with others. There are lots of ways you can give to the Sisters of Providence that you may have not ever considered.

maria-price-mural-webJustice on the margins: Providence Associate Maria Price

Did you know that Providence Associate Maria Price, a Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College alum from Louisville, Kentucky, runs a homeless shelter for men? She also helps to promote economic justice to the people in her parish’s sister parish in Esquipulas, Nicaragua.

Susan-Dinnin-stan-webEnriching the lives of the elderly: Susan Dinnin

“I view those for whom I care as more than clients – they are friends, persons in whose lives I am invested. I assist them with their physical needs but I also pray with them, bring them Eucharist, and have good conversations with them about whatever interests them at that moment,” Sister Susan Dinnin says of the elderly individuals of who she helps provide in-home care.

knit-1-webDid you know we need volunteer knitters?

Do you knit or crochet? Would you like to work with alpaca yarn as a volunteer? We would love to talk with you.

smtg-moment-mtg-lockStruggles of a saint: Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

Do you know the story of Saint Mother Theodore’s painful relationship with the Bishop Cèlestine de la Hailandière of Vincennes, Indiana? At one point Bishop de la Hailandière went so far as to lock Saint Mother Theodore in the room and excommunicate her from the Congregation.

starfruit-webPrayer: God of surprises

Did you know that God has a playful side? If not why would God have created vast galaxies — miniscule cells, prickly bushes — lamb’s ear plants …


Online only bonus content!


Sustainable living: did you know that cloth diapering makes a difference?

The Sisters of Providence hold strong values on land ethics. Contrary to these values is the use of disposable diapers, which can take 500 years to break down in landfills and require nearly 250,000 trees each year to produce.


carole-kimes-church-groupSpiritual support, outreach and advocacy to aging church members: Sister Carole Kimes

Did you know that Sister Carole Kimes recently began a new ministry to help fill a void she saw in the church. Her “Silver Linings” ministry at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Carmel, Indiana, helps aging parishioners not become lost from the faith community as they age.



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