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Sisters of Providence core values

Trust in God (Providence)

• Having confidence in God as the source and sustainer of all.
• Relying on God’s loving care in all circumstances of life.
• Believing that God provides for our good.
• Striving to live in the presence of God and to allow Providence to be present through us.


• Acting selflessly.
• Focusing on the common good.
• Reverencing each person’s dignity as Jesus did.


• Responding generously with compassion and healing.
• Working to alleviate the suffering of others in some direct way.
• Forgiving ourselves and others.


• Endeavoring to ensure fair and equitable treatment of all.
• Listening to and responding to the needs of the most vulnerable.
• Working to change oppressive systems.

Care for Creation

• Being aware of the interconnectedness of all life.
• Respecting all creation as part of the web of life.
• Living simply.
• Using Earth’s resources in a sustainable manner.


• Listening to, respecting and caring for others.
• Honoring diversity.
• Working together for the good of the whole.
• Extending welcome and acceptance.


(Originally published in the Summer 2018 issue of HOPE magazine.)

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The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, are a congregation of Roman Catholic women religious (sisters) who minister throughout the United States and Taiwan. Saint Mother Theodore Guerin founded the Sisters of Providence in 1840. The congregation has a mission of being God's Providence in the world by committing to performing works of love, mercy and justice in service among God's people.

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