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Counseling brings Providence Family Services client from darkness to light

Help through counseling brings one woman’s life from darkness to light. Sister Patty Fillenwarth and her ministry at Providence Family Services in Chicago help real people who have nowhere else to turn to transform themselves.

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Four women profess perpetual vows as Sisters of Providence

Sisters Patty Wallace, Beth Wright, Laura Parker and Deborah Cambell made lifelong commitments as Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on June 30, 2013.

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Sister Patty Fillenwarth

“To me it was sort of like coming home or something. It was not a scary thing, it just felt right,” Sister Patty Fillenwarth said of her call to religious life.

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Providence Family Services brightens lives with help from Brach Foundation grant

39-year-old Beatriz Diaz of Chicago has learned to feel again and to hope for the future despite life’s difficulties thanks to counseling she is receiving with Sister Patty Fillenwarth at Providence Family Services (PFS) in Chicago. PFS recently received a grant from Chicago’s Brach Foundation that will allow them to continue to help Beatriz and others like her.

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Sister Rebecca Keller

Download Sister stories – Sister Rebecca Keller   Rebecca “Becky” Keller was in her mid-20s. She had graduated from Purdue University and was teaching elementary school. Yet an idea remained with her that she couldn’t shake. She knew little about religious sisters, but she just couldn’t escape the idea that she was supposed to be…

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At home in the Catholic Church with the SPs

(This article originally published in the Summer 2013 edition of HOPE) The first time I went to Mass with the Sisters of Providence in the Church of the Immaculate Conception at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, it rattled me. Those sisters were changing words in the responses at the Mass! It was 1994, and I was an 18-year-old…

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Sisters reflect on coming home to the Woods

(This article was originally printed in the Summer 2013 edition of HOPE.) “To me home is one’s rootedness. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods is my rootedness as a Sister of Providence. When I reached retirement time, Saint Mary’s was where I wanted to spend my final years. I came back home while I could still give some Community…

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Public invited to explore Saint Mother Theodore Guerin’s connection to nature

The Sisters of Providence invite the public to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on Saturday, April 6, to explore Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and her connection to nature. The free program, titled “Saint Mother Theodore Guerin: the Green Saint,” will run from 9 a.m. till noon at Providence Spirituality and Conference Center at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Saint Mother Theodore…

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Sister Jean Michele Monaghan (formerly Sister John Michele)

Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” Mk 12:43-44 “The widow’s mite. An odd choice, you might…

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Providence Food Pantry eases hunger in West Terre Haute

Several years ago David Franklin of West Terre Haute was in the local IGA. He had only $15, and he was having trouble covering the groceries he needed. He recalls a Sister of Providence, whose name he no longer remembers, was also in the store. She filled a cart full of groceries and paid for…

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Providence Health Care at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: a place I would want to be

As a twenty-something year old, choosing a retirement health care facility was about the furthest thing from my mind. Yet I found myself excited about it when the Sisters of Providence renovated and built on to their health care facility at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and established Providence Health Care, Inc. in 2002 with the intention that…

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HOPE Winter 2013 – 50 years after Vatican II

Articles from HOPE The Joy of Vatican II by Peg Benson (full article) My most challenging and most transformative years: Vatican II reflection by Sister Bernice Kuper Coming of age with Vatican II by Sister Denise Wilkinson A scholar’s view of Vatican II (Sister Alexa Suelzer) Theological shifts with Second Vatican Council by Sister Alexa…

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Amy Miranda is a Providence Associate of the Sisters of Providence and a staff member in their Mission Advancement office. Amy is a 1998 graduate of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. She currently manages the SP publication HOPE and works on marketing support for Providence Associates, new membership and Saint Mother Theodore Guerin.