HOPE summer 2020 — The circle of giving
As seen in HOPE
“Without each of you and other benefactors like you throughout all of history, nothing of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and the living mission of the Sisters of Providence would be possible.”
No matter the challenge, you help us solve it. No matter the project, you respond with love and generosity.
But when people point out she is still doing too much, she often responds with the wise words of her friend, Sister Jeanne Knoerle, “What are we saving ourselves for?”
Relatives, former members, Providence Associates, benefactors, alumnae/i of SP schools and staff members have chosen the sacred space of the Woods for their final resting place.
So many people hold so many great memories of Sister Barbara. Yet for Sister Barbara memory is the challenge. In 2010 Sister Barbara was diagnosed with dementia of the Alzheimer’s and vascular types.
On July 7, 2017, I experienced an event that changed my life. During heart surgery for mitral valve repair, I had a stroke. It was completely unexpected, leaving me in a situation I never imagined and for which I was completely unprepared.
Now she spends her retirement years preparing food for shut-ins, working with the parish bereavement committee and tutoring students in English as a second language.
Sister Donna Marie feels she experienced such a fulfilling life in answering her own call to offer her life to God. She continues to encourage that call in other young women. She regrets that political circumstances have prevented others from following a similar path.
Catholic sisters are funded by the Catholic Church, right? Actually, no; although many Catholics and non-Catholics alike hold this misconception.
“Your kindness and generosity to us have that same kind of monumental impact. My awareness of that profound inter-connectedness of all of us has deepened even more as I have reflected on the data and the stories provided in this annual report,” writes Sister Dawn Tomaszewski.
Yes, our sisters minister wherever they are, long after they pass retirement age. Somehow, Providence leads them to critical unmet needs to which they can respond. For Sister Kathleen, it’s being a face of Providence in healthcare.
Until Sister Gloria’s retirement in 2011, all but five years were spent teaching music in schools and engaging in parish music ministry.
“We have an obligation to continue to trust our Provident God. It’s a mandate. It’s in our vows. We cannot stay still.”
You bring HOPE
to people in need when you support the mission and ministry of the Sisters of Providence.