Sisters of Providence presence expanding at the border
“Providence, incarnate in creation, moves it forward and invites humankind to share consciously in Divine creativity, to conceive new possibilities, to perceive wholeness in brokenness and design in chaos.” (Providence Identity Lens 2006)
In 2019 Sister Tracey Horan, SP, traveled to Nogales, Arizona, to begin a ministry well suited to her talents and passion for justice. The Kino Border Initiative (KBI) was set up with one foot on the Nogales, Arizona, side of the border and the other foot on the Nogales, Sonora, Mexico side. KBI fosters “bi-national solidarity through humanitarian assistance, education and research/advocacy.” In short, Sister Tracey’s ministry with KBI allows her to “perceive wholeness in brokenness and design in chaos.”
Although Tracey’s enthusiasm for her ministry never waned, “the distance and separation from community and family had been hard. I knew I would need support from my sisters … so I extended an invitation to join me here in Nogales.” Sisters Marilú Covani, SP, and Nancy Bartasavich, SP, accepted that invitation.
Sister Marilú, recently retired from years of parish and diocesan ministry, was experiencing “a certain emptiness and anxiety. I was wondering where God might want me to go next. When Tracey called with the invitation to join her in Nogales, it just felt right. My only hesitation was that I was too old! My participation may be minimal, yet all of us are called to co-create God’s kindom wherever we are.”
Ministry of presence
Sister Nancy? What moved her to accept Tracey’s invitation? Sister Nancy sees the ministry at Nogales as a “ministry of presence. A new day is created, by the grace of God, in each smile, or tear or story that is shared. Tracey’s invitation to join her at the border came when I was being nudged by Providence to respond in some loving and concrete way to injustice in our world. Tracey’s invitation was God’s way of guiding me here.”
Three Sisters of Providence. Each responding to the Divine invitation to “conceive new possibilities.” Three Sisters of Providence. Together in community creating a new day.