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Sister Dina Bato


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

Want to know more about life as a Sister of Providence? Contact Sister Dina at dbato@spsmw.org

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Amy Miranda

Amy Miranda

Amy Miranda is a Providence Associate of the Sisters of Providence and a staff member in their Advancement Services 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. Avatar S.Florence Norton on November 19, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Thank you,Dina.To me you represent JOY! I loved reading your Blog.Each time I have seen you in the past few years,I’ve noticed how happy you are with your life as it is.May God bless you.Peace,Flossie

  2. Avatar Cathy Campbell, SP on November 19, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Thanks for your energy and challenge, Dina! You are a witness to Providence in how you take each day as it comes – a gift from God, a grace to share with others. I’m blessed we are companions on the journey!

  3. Avatar Linda Anne Masesso on November 19, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Dina:. I was truly moved by your words and realize that yes you are blessed to be with the Sisters but they also are blessed to have you in their lives.

  4. Avatar Paula Modaff, S.P. on November 19, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    The videos reflect the genuine “you” Dina. Thank you for your faithful listening and for being with us.

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