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Saying yes to Providence

On Sunday, I will profess vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in life as a Sister of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

Sister Teresa Kang at the Woods. Sister Teresa will profess first vows this Sunday at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

When I reflect on my life, I am always grateful that God called me on the journey with the Sisters of Providence. God helped me to walk through the dark valleys and brought me to rest beside His source of grace. God chose and protected me. I feel like Matthew 8:8, “The centurion answered, Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof …“. I have received a lot of grace from God, and God still guides me. 

Starting the journey

A few years ago, I followed God’s call to leave my family, country (Taiwan) and my favorite job. God called me, and I started on another journey in my life. Everything was new. I learned a new culture, language and how to live community life. I told myself that I am a learner, and my personality helps me to learn new things.

During this time I also overcame many new challenges. I learned how to appreciate the richness of different cultures and the diversity that the U.S. offers. Postulant year was very exciting. I always woke up happy from my dreams. I also had very fulfilling and challenging novice years, especially in the mission novice year. During that time my director did not live with me, but my time was divided into three parts: a new local community, mission year program, and classes at the English Language Academy of DePaul University. That year was more challenging than the previous two.

Comfort in challenge

At that time, I was feeling very upset, and I wanted to give up. When I opened Saint Mother Theodore’s biography and our Constitutions, I felt better. Her life inspired me again. I am not alone, and she understands me. Suddenly, I understood that all the challenges I was experiencing would help me to be a good sister and to serve God’s people.

Sister Teresa receives her book of Constitutions of the Sisters of Providence. From front left, Sisters Florence Norton, Marsha Speth, Teresa Kang, Paula Damiano. From back left Sisters Janice Smith, Nancy Bartasavich and Emily TeKolste

What is it to be a good sister? A good sister is an excellent pastoral counselor, has a sympathetic nature, and understands those who have suffered. I began this process. According to the Romans 8:28, “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” When I pray, I often will shed tears and give thanks to God. As written in No. 5 of the Constitutions,” Community is formed by faith, hope and love lived not only in moments of light and peace but also in the pain and darkness of human existence.”

Saying yes

There is a song that was very important to me in my novice year. I liked to use these lyrics to motivate, inspire and encourage me to continue growing as a Sister of Providence. The lyrics are, “I say, ‘Yes,’ my Lord, in all the good times, through all the bad times. I say, ‘Yes,’ my Lord, to every word you speak.” So, I would like to use these lyrics to show my desire as I prepare to become a vowed member of the Sisters of Providence.

At this time, I have a deeper understanding and experience of the vowed religious life. I want to take the next step and fully commit myself to the life and mission of the Sisters of Providence. So, I ask all of you, my dear sisters and brothers, to keep praying for me.

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Sister Teresa Kang

Sister Teresa Kang

Sister Teresa Kang is a Sister of Providence in formation. She entered the community in 2017 from Yunlin, Taiwan. She is currently working toward a master’s degree in pastoral studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago

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  1. Avatar Gloria Memering, SP on July 25, 2020 at 9:37 am

    Teresa: I am so touched by your vivid expression of your faith and feelings through these “unprecedented” months of your preparation for
    our celebration with you at tomorrow’s first vows. Thank you so much for sharing yourself so generously!
    Much love and prayer from your old piano teacher

  2. Avatar Jim and Mary schafer on July 26, 2020 at 10:28 am

    Theresa 慧如修女:
    Congratulations to you on this very special day. May God always be with you. We offer this song, ‘Lead Me, Guide Me’ to you.


    吳明潔,薛澤民 Jim and Mary Schafer

  3. Avatar Sister Jane Iannaccone SP on July 29, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    Teresa, I am so happy that you said yes. You are a beautiful person both inside and out. I was truly blessed that you spent some time with me during your postulant year. I am proud to call you my sister.

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