Get to know Sister Dina

Current Ministry: Staff accountant for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis

My good friend says I’m … thoughtful

My favorite thing about Saint Mary-of-the-Woods is … my Sisters

Three things that are sure to make me smile are … small acts of kindness, fond memories, puppies

When I am not at work or involved in ministry, you are most likely to find me … reading or surfing the internet

I am passionate about … authentic living

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of God is … UNCONDITIONAL LOVE – WOW!!

My biggest pet peeve is … arrogance

Qualities I most admire: humility, thoughtfulness, sense of self, hard worker

Sister Dina Bato is preparing to take final vows as a Sister of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. In these video clips she shares some of her vocation story in coming to the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and some of what has brought meaning to her life since joining.

“My daughter you’re home. I couldn’t ignore it.”

Sister Dina’s ministry today.



Favorite hobby: Baking

Favorite saint: Thomas Merton

Favorite sinner: St. Peter

Favorite hero/heroine: The Blessed Mother

Least favorite food: Okra

Favorite pizza topping: Veggies

Favorite course in school: English

Favorite form of prayer: Lectio Divina

Favorite quote: “The Church is a hospital for sinner, not a museum for saints.”Abigail Van Buren

Favorite TV program: Mysteries at the Museum, Forensic Files, practically anything on Food Network

Favorite music/song: Classical fused with pop/rock

Favorite time of day: Evening

Favorite season: Autumn

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