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Sister Arrianne Whittaker

med school ArrianneSister Arrianne Whittaker entered the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in 2012. Today, at age 29, she is a temporarily professed Sister of Providence. Sister Arrianne is currently a first-year medical student at Marian University in Indianapolis. In the video clips below, she shares some of her recent experiences of discerning and entering the Sisters of Providence.

Favorites and quick connects

My favorite thing about Saint Mary-of-the-Woods is: a campfire with friends down at St. Joseph’s Lake

Favorite saint: Mother Theodore Guerin, of course!

Favorite course in school: Biology

Three things that are sure to make me smile are: remembering that I can sleep in the morning, when I come to class at 8 a.m. and my favorite professor is lecturing, when friends visit me or I get to visit them.

Favorite form of prayer: anything involving art and color

My good friend says I’m: not your average nun

“There’s a lot of life here.” Sister Arrianne tells about life as a Sister of Providence.

“I just remember having a dream and waking up with the feeling that I was supposed to investigate being a woman religous.”

“I think as soon as they saw that I was happy and that I felt like I belonged, they were fine with it.”

“I’m still my mother’s and my father’s daughter and I’m still my sisters’ and my brother’s sister. But I have another kind of primary support group as well.”

“I really felt — it was more of a feeling than a cognitive thinking it out — it was just a feeling of, yes, this is where I belong. I belong here. I belong as a part of this story.”

Sister Arrianne tells about the process of formation as a Sister of Providence. Postulant, canonical novice and mission novice years and what happens during each one.

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More quick connects with Sister Arrianne

Least favorite subject in school: I really liked all of them but am really clumsy so always got hurt in gym class!!!

Favorite movie: North and South BBC Miniseries

Qualities I most admire: being a good listener

On weekends I love to: go on a hike

Favorite hero/heroine: Mary Magdalene

Favorite childhood activity: playing with our family cat Indy

Favorite TV program: Madam Secretary, Code Black, and Downton Abbey

Favorite pizza topping: black olives

I am passionate about: taking care of our Mother Earth

One thing most people don’t know about me is: I took ballet lessons for nine years when I was younger.

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of God is: a colorful sky at sunset!!

Favorite music/song: anything by Carrie Newcomer or Peter Mayer

Favorite dessert: ice Cream

Favorite season: winter

Favorite vacation spot: northern Wisconsin

Contact Sister Arrianne with your questions about becoming a Sister of Providence at awhittaker@spsmw.org

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Amy Miranda

Amy Miranda is a Providence Associate of the Sisters of Providence and a staff member in their Mission Advancement office. Amy is a 1998 graduate of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. She currently manages the SP publication HOPE and works on marketing support for Providence Associates, new membership and Saint Mother Theodore Guerin.

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1 Comment

  1. Donna Butler on February 20, 2016 at 10:17 am

    You did a great job on this presentation! I think one of the strengths of the Sisters of Providence is honoring the gifts and talents each person brings. Blessings on continuing to follow your dream of being a doctor and an SP!

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