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“High spirits and mischief”: a story of sledding

In the category of “things I find while looking for something else” is this delightful story about Sister Mary Alma Ryan. Sister Mary Alma was appointed superior of the Academy in 1897 and served on the council from 1902 to 1926. But this story from the third history volume, Sister Mary Roger Madden’s The Path…

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Journals & Letters now an e-book

And now, for the first time, Journals and Letters of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin is available as an e-book too!

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So very human: Making an e-book of Mother Theodore’s words

Christina talks about the process of making “Journals of Letters of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin” into an e-book, now available for purchase. Saint Mother Theodore is so very human in these pages! It’s a delightful book.

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Sisters of Providence collaboration timeline

Humans are creatures who remember. Can you remember fondly a time when you said or did something about which you feel an appropriate level of pride? How about those times that you recall with a tinge of sadness, because you acted in a way you now regret? Might it be possible to remember even those negative times with a sense of joy, because attitudes and opinions you held in the past have changed, you have grown, and now you view things anew and would behave differently? This timeline takes a look at Sisters of Providence and their journeys of collaboration through the years.

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From peaches to Poe

Dr. Sidney Doane, who showed Mother Theodore and her companions great kindness when they arrived in New York in 1840, also inspired another 19th century writer: Edgar Allan Poe himself.

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A walk through the convent

The Sisters of Providence buildings are a technological hodgepodge. New computers sit next to typewriters, old table-based sewing machines next to electronic ones, and giant dictionaries next to compact discs. This photo series shows the study in contrasts, where decades of technology sit comfortably side by side.

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“The Promised Land of Providence”

Happy Foundation Day! 173 years ago today, Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and her five companions finally arrived in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. This lovely, old poem written by Sister Loretta Therese Bierman (1886-1919) tells of their first view of the “deep forest.”

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Sent to serve through the years

For the Congregation’s first 120 years in Indiana, Sisters of Providence learned of their assignments for the year by hearing the Obedience List read aloud on August 15, the day before sisters began to leave for the assigned missions.

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Life in the Weihsien internment camp, 1943

I was recently looking for something in Against All Odds: Sisters of Providence Mission to the Chinese (a great book by Sister Ann Colette Wolf) and in the process got quite distracted by “Chapter Seven: Internment.” It tells, in nicely sourced detail, its underlying story of 10 Sisters of Providence and their time as “civilian…

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Why I love Mother Theodore

I’m not the kind of person who idolizes others, since nobody’s perfect; so I’ve acquired a habit of giving people I admire honorary status as one of my relatives. (You can love Great-Grandma without agreeing with everything she says at the dinner table.) In this way I’ve adopted into my ancestry additional grandparents like Kurt…

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A Sister Edith Pfau Evangelist

This article is reprinted from the summer 2012 issue of HOPE. When I first took a job with the Sisters of Providence several years ago, one of my favorite pastimes was wandering around looking at everything on the walls. The juxtapositions are splendid: oil paintings from the 1880s next to sequin/yarn plastic canvas creations from…

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A beautiful time

This article first appeared in the winter 2012 issue of HOPE. They left Indiana in a snowstorm. A day later, Sisters Kathleen Therese O’Connor (RIP), Monica Withem (RIP) (formerly Sister Patricia Ann) and Agnes Veronica Hester (RIP) arrived in a sunny city a hemisphere away. It was March 1963, and the three missionary Sisters of…

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Christina worked as the digital media and website manager for Sisters of Providence for 9 years and now serves as the website's designer and consultant through her company, Blustery Day Design. She's a musician, reader, writer and generally curious person.