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Betsy Frank: Faithful and consistent

After retiring from teaching nursing at Indiana State University in 2011, Betsy Frank wanted to give back to the community.

Betsy Frank (right) with Sister Mary Esther Lane (RIP).

She found her niche in volunteering with Providence Health Care, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Providence.

“I had met many of the sisters in my community outreach activities as a member of the United Hebrew Congregation,” Betsy said. “I discovered that the sisters have the same values that I have as a Jew-Tikkun Olam – which is ‘Repair of the World.’ I wanted to acknowledge how much I respected the Sisters of Providence and their deep commitment to making the entire world a better place.”

Through these meetings, Betsy began visiting Sister Mary Esther Lane (RIP) and continued these visits until she passed away in November 2016.

“When she passed away, I just visited many of the sisters in Mother Theodore West,” Betsy said. “I would listen to their stories and learn what their lives were like before retirement. Even my grandsons have visited with the sisters.”

Betsy’s interest in these stories continued to peak as she steadily paid visits to the sisters in care at Providence Health Care. Sister Becky Keller, who ministers as the Congregation’s volunteer coordinator, said Betsy has “been a faithful and consistent volunteer over the years.”

For Betsy, the visits are always calming and delightful.

“I try to visit once a week when I am not traveling,” she said. “I always get so much joy from the sisters and listening to their stories.”

Betsy added that she is looking forward to continuing the visits when the fear of COVID-19 passes.

“I can’t wait to get back to visiting when the current situation improves,” Betsy said.

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Jason Moon

Jason Moon serves as media relations manager for the Sisters of Providence. Previously, he spent more than 16 years in the newspaper industry.

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1 Comment

  1. Mary E Heins on April 21, 2020 at 10:56 am

    Thanks, Jason, for your post. It reminds me how important it is during this time of shut down to keep contact with the elderly especially. We all have older relatives, I’m sure, who appreciate our calls, text messages, or any form of communication which lets them know we are thinking of them even though we can’t visit.

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