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Sister Dorothy Rasche honored by local school corporation

Earlier this year, Sister Dorothy Rasche, SP, was contacted by Ryan Easton, the principal at West Vigo High School in West Terre Haute, who had asked her to write her “life story in general” for a project he was working on.

“I was dumbfounded,” Sister Dorothy explained.

Sister Dorothy Rasche (left) with Vigo County School Corporation Superintendent Christopher A. Himsel, Ph.D. during the Circle of Honor celebration.

As it turns out, Ryan wanted the information for her nomination to be included in the Vigo County School Corporation Circle of Honor.

Stepping up for those in need

She began discerning the request and the question of “why” kept coming up.

But then, all the memories of what The Connecting Link, the ministry Sister Dorothy oversees in West Terre Haute, has accomplished throughout the years for the city fulfilled her.

For example, she contacted the school corporation years ago for help to set up a food drive from students for Providence Food Pantry. In addition, she helped set up bus transportation for those in need in the West Terre Haute area; helped keep the library in the city; joined others to set up the walkway from West Terre Haute to Terre Haute; helped orchestrate the advent of a health clinic and pharmacy in West Terre Haute; and so much more.

The Connecting Link, through Sister Dorothy and the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, have indeed given back to their neighbors in West Terre Haute and beyond.

Assisting the ‘entire community’

So, Sister Dorothy supplied Ryan with information and he wrote a brief bio for the Circle of Honor ceremony, which took place on Friday, May 10, at Terre Haute North High School.

“Sister Dorothy represents western Vigo County in her nomination,” Ryan said. “She has helped assist not only the schools in western Vigo County, but the entire community which in turn has helped our schools and students. There has not been a time that she has not stepped up for any child or family who may be in need.

“Sister Dorothy is an ‘adopted’ alumni who stays current by attending school board meetings and working hand-in-hand with many of the superintendents on initiatives.”


Sister Dorothy said she was humbled that she and the Congregation were recognized for the efforts.

“Being honored is great for the Sisters,” she said, “and it’s a great feeling that the work of The Connecting Link is being recognized.”

During the ceremony, Sister Dorothy and the others who were nominated each received a glass plate which sits on a stand. The glass plate has each nominee’s name on it.

She said the piece currently sits on her desk at The Connecting Link.

“The ceremony was lovely,” Sister Dorothy concluded. “I was very humbled.”

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Jason Moon

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. Avatar Paula Modaff SP on May 25, 2024 at 8:41 am

    How wonderful and fitting that this article appears on your birthday, dear Dorothy. And humble as always, you are glad to have the Sisters of Providence and Connecting link recognized as well. Happy birthday and happy new year of your life.

  2. Avatar Ann Sullivan on May 25, 2024 at 10:35 am

    So well deserved!! Dorothy has done what needs to be done in the name of all SPs. Mother Theodore is proud but not surprised.

  3. Avatar S. Carole Kimes on May 30, 2024 at 6:53 am

    I can’t think of a more deserving recipient of this award. Dorothy, the work you do is a continuation of what St Mother Theodore began 184 years ago. The goal of Connecting Link and your initiatives have enhanced the quality of life for the west Terre Haute Community.
    We are Blessed by the Face of Providence you share.

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