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A scholar’s view of Vatican II

“I think hope dominates the feeling of depression. I think hope was very high at first. But perhaps it was an unrealistic hope: a failure to recognize that the work of any council takes years and perhaps generations to accomplish,” she said.

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Sister Carolyn Jost, SSND, joins staff at Providence Family Services

There’s a new face at Providence Family Services (PFS) in Chicago, and it seems to fit right in with the existing team. Sister Carolyn Jost, SSND, joined the staff of Providence Family Services in August as the new coordinator of the homework club and computer teacher. She replaces long-term coordinator Sister Dorothy Gartland. Sister Carolyn,…

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New name for Providence Spirituality and Conference Center helps clarify focus

Providence Center at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind. has a new name. As of October, the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods’ hospitality and welcoming center has been renamed the Providence Spirituality and Conference Center. Charles J. Fisher, director of Providence Spirituality and Conference Center, said the name change comes after six months of listening to people…

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Sisters of Providence support ministries serving people who are economically disadvantaged

For the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, serving a neighbor in need is not something that demands apology. Indeed, loving and serving those who are economically disadvantaged remains something worth pouring forth a life’s work, worth giving one’s whole heart and worth sharing one’s resources. Guerin Outreach Ministries, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters…

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Sisters of Providence support ministries that offer help to those in need

For the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, serving a neighbor in need is not something that demands apology. Indeed, for this group of Catholic women religious, loving and serving the economically disadvantaged remains something worth pouring forth a life’s work, worth giving one’s whole heart and worth sharing one’s resources. Funding ministries that serve…

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National Catholic Rural Life Conference highlights Providence in the Desert

Click here to read the National Catholic Rural Life Conference’s coverage of Providence in the Desert’s ministry to Mexican immigrants in rural Coachella, Calif.

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Student shines in the Desert

Congratulations to Providence in the Desert student-turned-teacher Martha Langarica on being named Student of the Year and earning a certificate as a top achiever in her English language classes at the Adult School in Coachella, Calif. Seven years ago when Martha first met Sister Carol Nolan and her small band of sisters who serve the…

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First-generation American gives back at Providence Family Services in Chicago

Carla Hernandez is a first-generation American and a first generation college student. Growing up in a family that emigrated from Mexico and as a child of a single parent, Carla is keenly aware of the needs of immigrant families and their struggles. This understanding has impacted her life goals. As a third-year student at DePaul…

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Guerin Outreach Ministries: Catholic religious sisters offer English classes, friendship to residents of St. Anthy Trailer Park in rural Mecca, Calif.

Martha Arrendondo is 46 years old and has been in the United States for 26 years. She works in the grape fields in and around the Coachella Valley in California. Right now she is looking for a better job, and she knows that improving her ability to speak English would help. Martha says she speaks…

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Sisters with California’s Providence in the Desert offer English classes, friendship

Martha Arrendondo is 46 years old and has been in the United States for 26 years. She works in the grape fields in and around the Coachella Valley in California. Right now she is looking for a better job, and she knows that improving her ability to speak English would help. Martha says she speaks…

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Sister Betty Smigla joins Guerin Outreach Ministries board

Sister Betty Smigla, SP, was recently appointed to the Guerin Outreach Ministries board of directors. Early in S. Betty’s life as a Sister of Providence, she spent seven years ministering in the South American country of Peru. Since returning to the United States she has continued to work with and advocate for the Hispanic population,…

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Sister Dorothy Gartland receives Guerin Outreach Ministries Leadership and Advocacy Award

Congratulations to Sister Dorothy Gartland for receiving the third annual Guerin Outreach Ministries Leadership and Advocacy Award. “If you live long enough and continue to work, somebody will eventually give you an award,” laughed the ever-humble Sister Dorothy upon receiving the award on Oct. 14. For the past 14 years, the “retired” Sister Dorothy, 81,…

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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.