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Leadership transition in Mission Advancement

“To everything there is a season and time for every purpose under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

The Sisters of Providence new Director of Development Harve Schlachter with outgoing Director Sister Ann Casper, SP.

As summer faded into autumn, the Sisters of Providence also marked a significant transition.

Sister Ann Casper, after 17 years of directing the friend- and fund-raising efforts of the Congregation, retired. Sister Ann is embracing this new season in her life and is finding new ways and new places to put her many gifts to use. Thank you, Sister Ann!

On Sept. 1, Harve Schlachter also began a new season in his professional life. He was named co-director of the Sisters of Providence Mission Advancement office and director of development, with specific responsibilities for donor relations and fund raising. Diane Weidenbenner, director of marketing and communications, is the other co-director.

Harve’s previous work experiences offer us the opportunity of maintaining our deep and long-standing relationships with our donor friends as well as bringing a fresh approach to our development efforts.

Harve himself says it best: “My life’s work has been spent serving people who serve others, building relationships as my career moved from American Airlines to the Seminary at Mundelein. In each position my focus, first and foremost, was to insure the customer or donor was treated with the highest levels of respect and dignity.”

He says he is committed “to continuing and deepening relationships with our donors and our colleagues.”

Fortunately for us, Harve is not a stranger to the Woods.

He has often visited a sister-friend through the years and has come to know several other sisters as a result. Harve will find himself among a myriad of kindred spirits who, like him, support and work to make this mission of the Congregation come alive: The Sisters of Providence are a community of Catholic women religious who collaborate with others to create a more just and hope-filled world through prayer, education, service and advocacy.

Whatever our role in furthering this mission, we all move forward in this new season with the assurance of this promise from Saint Mother Theodore: “I am going to offer my prayers for you, so that the Holy Spirit will inspire and guide you.”


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

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Sister Denise Wilkinson

Sister Denise was the general superior of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods from 2006-2016. She previously served as a high school teacher, college administrator, postulant/novice director and director of advancement and communications for the Congregation. Currently, Sister Denise serves the Congregation in various volunteer positions.

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