Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, was a day of joy and celebration as we welcomed 18 new Providence Associates. Most were able to gather in person this year to profess their commitments to the mission of love, mercy and justice. We are so thankful that God is calling such wonderful women and men to walk this journey with the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods as part of our Community of Providence. Learn more about the Providence Associate relationship here.
New Providence Associates 2021. From front left: Jennifer Christos, Michael Booth, Erin Gick, Kathleen Ly. Second row from left: Tanya Pongracz, Michael Rausch, Jonnee Western, Gloria Urrea, Mary Lou Kiesle. Back row from left: Providence Associate Co-Director Sister Susan Paweski, Robb Farris, Marci-Alvis-Slinski, Mary Beth Tribble, Marcia (Skitz) Everard and Providence Associate Co-Director Debbie Dillow. (Not pictured: Karen Chuan-Chaun Hung, Lou Carbonaro, Ashley Poff and Daniel Torrence)
New Providence Associates join the entrance procession, including Michael Booth, front.
Providence Associate Gloria Urrea with her companion Sister Carol Nolan
General Superior Sister Dawn Tomaszewski, right, visits with new Providence Associate Jonnee Western, center, and her companion Sister Claire Hanson.
New Providence Associate Tanya Pongracz reads during the Mass.
Providence Associate Erin Gick visits with those at her table during lunch.
Mary Lou Kiesle and Erin Gick carry candles in the entrance procession as Tanya Pongracz follows with the book of readings.
View of participants in the church from above
Providence Associates Brad Crites and Regina Hartman prepare to distribute the new Providence Associate pins as co-director Debbie Dillow looks on.
Sister Barbara Sheehan pins the Providence Associate cross on Michael Booth.
Those gathered bless the new Providence Associates.
Providence Associate Co-Director Sister Sue Paweski addresses those gathered.
Kathleen Ly visits with those at her table before the morning reflection.
Sisters Jeanne Hagelskamp and Dawn Tomaszewski receive commitment cards from new Providence Associate Tanya Pongracz.
Associates and companions pray during Mass.
New Providence Associate Jennifer Christos, right, with her companion Sister Martha Wessel
Providence Associate Karen Sagraves and Sister Jean Fuqua run through details before the liturgy.
View of participants from above. Due to Covid-19 precautions, fewer people were able to attend the liturgy this year.
Providence Associate Rebecca Zelensky leads song during the liturgy
From left, Providence Associates Marilyn and Mike Rausch, Sister Mary Morley and Providence Associate Robb Farris at prayer.
Providence Associate Mary Beth Tribble visits with her companion Sister Jan Craven, left, before Mass.
New Providence Associate Marci Alvis-Slinski, center, at prayer.
Providence Associate Adriana Gonzales with her companion Sister Susan Paweski
Providence Associate Mary Lou Kiesle during Mass
New Providence Associates stand to make their commitments.
Providence Associate Robb Farris reads the prayer intentions.
General Officer Sister Jeanne Hagelskamp visits with an associte during lunch.
Providence Associates Marcia (Skitz) Evrard and Katie Ly bring up the gifts.
Providence Associates Jonnee Western and Mary Beth Tribble lead the group brining up the altar cloth.
Exit procession at the end of the ceremony
New Providence Associate Adriana Gonzales visits with Sister Barbara Bluntzer after the ceremony.
New Providence Associate Kathleen Ly, front right, with her daughters and Sister Marsha Speth after the ceremony