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Sister Nancy Nolan named ‘Volunteer of the Year’

At a recent volunteer dinner for the United States Penitentiary Prison Camp in Terre Haute, Sister Nancy Nolan was named Volunteer of the Year.

At a recent volunteer dinner for the United States Penitentiary Prison Camp in Terre Haute, Sister Nancy Nolan was named Volunteer of the Year.

Sister Nancy Nolan has tackled many ministries throughout her time as a Sister of Providence, including a 10-year stint as General Superior.

But four years ago, she began a new ministry, as a coordinator of volunteers for the United States Penitentiary Prison Camp in Terre Haute. The Prison Camp is for minimum-security male offenders.

Prior to coming back to the motherhouse, Sister Nancy had lived in Chicago. But when she came home, Sister Barbara Doherty encouraged her to begin the volunteer ministry.

She began scheduling volunteers for the penitentiary after Sister Mary Pat Peacock died suddenly.

During a recent volunteer dinner, officials awarded Sister Nancy with the annual “Volunteer of the Year” award.

I was pleased to receive the award as it was an opportunity to put the spotlight on the work the Sisters of Providence have done for many years at the Federal Prison in Terre Haute.
– Sister Nancy Nolan

Several sisters minister at the penitentiary. Some visit inmates while others volunteer at the minimum-security camp. Currently, Sisters Mary Rita Griffin, Jean Anne Maher, Alice Ann Rhinesmith and Janice Smith volunteer, along with Providence Associates Jude Magers and Donna Watzke. In addition, Ken and Elizabeth Bormann, both residents of Terre Haute, with special ties to the Woods, also volunteer.

Sister Nancy sets up times and schedules for the volunteers at the penitentiary which take place on Sundays. She said the volunteers conduct a communion service with the inmates.

All volunteers are required to attend a training session each year. Sister Nancy said the first session is approximately four hours long, but the remaining sessions are about two hours in length.

“You are told what to do, what not to do, what to be careful of and there is a dress code,” Sister Nancy said.

Sister Nancy pointed out that many Sisters of Providence have ministered with inmates at the penitentiary for many years.

“I was pleased to receive the award as it was an opportunity to put the spotlight on the work the Sisters of Providence have done for many years at the Federal Prison in Terre Haute,” Sister Nancy said.

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4 Comments

  1. Carol Nolan on September 10, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Nancy does many things, and very quietly. Such a well-deserved award!

  2. Donna Butler on September 10, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Nancy,
    Congratulations to you and to all who do this important ministry!

  3. Mary Ryan on September 11, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Congratulations, Nancy! you are such a caring and giving person. Thank you for all you do for our Congregation and others.

  4. Laura Parker on September 12, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Nancy,
    Thank you for your continuing responsiveness in not only meeting but sharing your vision of Providence with others. Your ministry means so much to so many!

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