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Survey, legacy fund, phonathon and more! News from the Mission Advancement office

Survey says!

Thank you! In January Sisters of Providence Mission Advancement staff members mailed a survey to many of our generous and dedicated benefactors. You so blessed and overwhelmed us by your amazing response and engagement! Some responders even sent a gift! Thank you so much for your sharing. It is such a blessing to learn about your connections to our mission and to read your stories. We have enjoyed sharing your compliments and stories with the sisters you say have helped shape your lives.
We are using your input to develop better ways of informing you about the great work you make possible with us. We are also working to get you any additional information you requested in your survey.
Did you miss taking the survey? Have you been thinking about what you would like to share?
You can still take the survey at SPsurvey.SistersofProvidence.org


Can you help? The leadership team of the Sisters of Providence recently
established the “Foley Legacy Fund.” This fund will support ministries that
provide direct service to people who are economically poor and underserved. It will also support ministries of the Sister of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and beyond. The fund will help provide personnel, programs, buildings and grounds maintenance needed to operate the ministries.
Seeking annual gifts for the “here and now,” (the Mission Advancement Fund), is always a priority. Yet a strong legacy program provides financial stability for our work into the future. Friends and benefactors of the Sisters of Providence who have supported our past capital campaigns may wish to consider a gift to the legacy fund. Generous partners have providentially sustained our mission since Saint Mother Theodore Guerin arrived at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in 1840. With your support, this precious legacy will continue. For more information about donating to the Foley Legacy Fund, contact Sister Ann Casper at 812-535-2801.


Naming the legacy fund in honor of Mother Mary Cleophas Foley is no coincidence. She led the Sisters of Providence during a time of great growth. She was superior general for 36 years (1890-1926). Nearly every major building on campus can be traced to her leadership: the Church of the Immaculate Conception; the façade and fourth floor added to the Academy (later Foley Hall); the present O’Shaughnessy Dining Hall; Providence Convent and the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, to name a few.
She also initiated a strong program for educating the sisters, sent the first group of our sisters to establish a mission in China and initiated the Cause of Canonization for Mother Theodore.
And why was she able to do all this? Because of the support of generous and faithful benefactors!


Thanks to all of you and your generous support, our annual phonathon was a huge success! As of mid-April we have received $124,072 from 1,244 donors.

Sisters of Providence and friends made 2,824 phone calls and talked to 950 friends and donors during the February phonathon. We reconnected with many former students and we had wonderful conversations with them and other friends (our favorite part!). We enjoyed sharing how much the gifts of each person we talked to mean to us.

We happily offer prayer support for any intentions entrusted to us. Be assured that all your prayer requests have been placed in the intention book in the Shrine of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and our sisters pray for them daily.

We are so grateful for all of you! We pray daily for your special intentions and for health and success for all of you, our friends and benefactors.

If you still have your phonathon response form, it’s not too late to make a difference by dropping your gift in the mail.

(Originally published in the Summer 2017 issue of HOPE magazine.)

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Sister Ann Casper

Sister Ann Casper, SP, retired as the executive director for Mission Advancement for the Sisters of Providence in 2018 and currently serves as minister of Providence Community Cemetery at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. Sister Ann has ministered in various scholastic and administrative positions in Indiana and North Carolina. She also was a member of the General Council, serving as General Secretary.

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