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What is White Violet Center all about?

Ever wondered why the Sisters of Providence are so devoted to environmental justice? If so, our new video featuring White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a Sisters of Providence ministry since 1996, may have answers for you.

In the video Sister Dawn Tomaszewski, SP, says, “As Sisters of Providence, we know that one of our greatest assets is our land, our Woods.”

She talks about how the land ethic helps balance the needs of the people in the community with the land, air, water, plants, and animals.

“We’ve also made a commitment to have environment be a focus of our justice efforts,” she says. “All of this work is really part of a spiritual practice for us, it’s what we call Providence Spirituality and it’s based on how we understand God and God’s relationship to all of us.”

Sister Dawn shares the importance of educating ourselves and others about the environment, especially global climate change. Advocacy is important work.

“We’re certainly interested in financial sustainability and environmental sustainability, but spiritual sustainability is just as important to us,” she explains. “We understand Providence as God’s care for all of creation. And, so, this loving, Provident God set forth into motion this web of life. And we’re called to be co-creators with that God to sustain and nourish that life. So the purposes of God are riding on our existence. What we do does matter. And what we do here at White Violet matters.”

We invite you to watch this five minute video below.

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

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Cheryl Casselman

Cheryl Casselman worked as a marketing manager for the Sisters of Providence for twenty years. She grew up in Camby, Indiana and now lives in Sullivan County, Indiana. She has a bachelor's degree in communications from Indiana State University and master's degree in Leadership Development from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

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