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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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Susan Riley, Galesburg, IL: “They worked magic”

This Rooted for Tomorrow story was contributed by Susan Riley, Galesburg, IL, for the 175th anniversary of the Sisters of Providence arriving in Indiana. I’m convinced the Sisters of Providence who staffed Costa School in the 1970’s were the most dedicated, devout, creative and resourceful group of religious to ever assemble. They ran the school…

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Mary Ann Valentino, Chicago, IL: “Many fond memories”

This Rooted for Tomorrow story was contributed by Mary Ann Valentino, Chicago, IL, for the 175th anniversary of the Sisters of Providence arriving in Indiana. I went to St. Mel’s Grammar School and was taught by those wonderful Sisters of Providence. At the time the girls were in one building and the boys were in…

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Lori Strawn, Wichita, Kansas: “Into these Woods”

This Rooted for Tomorrow story was contributed by Lori Strawn, Wichita, Kansas, for the 175th anniversary of the Sisters of Providence arriving in Indiana. Only Providence could have propelled a young girl from California who had never met a Sister of Providence, let alone set foot in Indiana, to a decision that changed her life:…

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Mike Eck, West Chester, OH: “This changed my life”

This Rooted for Tomorrow story was contributed by Mike Eck, West Chester, OH, for the 175th anniversary of the Sisters of Providence arriving in Indiana. While traveling from Cincinnati to St. Louis two or three times a month on business, I noticed a billboard on I-70 near Terre Haute, Indiana. This gentle and appealing image…

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Nancy Vandenbergh-Kremer, Chicago, IL: “Friendship and love”

This Rooted for Tomorrow story was contributed by Nancy Vandenbergh-Kremer, Chicago, IL, for the 175th anniversary of the Sisters of Providence arriving in Indiana. My story goes back to my infancy, when as a newborn my grandmother (then living in Immaculate Conception Parish in Chicago) brought Sisters Ann Michael ( IC grammar school principal), Mary…

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Bob Farnsworth, Jacksonville, FL: “Patronesses of ordinary good people”

This Rooted for Tomorrow story was contributed by Bob Farnsworth, Jacksonville, FL, for the 175th anniversary of the Sisters of Providence arriving in Indiana. Thirteen of my twenty years of teaching were spent in two Sisters of Providence schools in Chicago–St. Mark and St. Francis Borgia. At the time, I knew I was blessed to…

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Patricia Gray, Montrose, CO: “It has been a privilege”

This Rooted for Tomorrow story was contributed by Patricia Gray, Montrose, CO, for the 175th anniversary of the Sisters of Providence arriving in Indiana. I think it exciting in this Anniversary year that I am still corresponding with sisters who taught me over 50 years ago. I was at Immaculata in Washington during the time…

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Lois Garrett, Christiana, TN: “Thank you for the memories”

This Rooted for Tomorrow story was contributed by Lois Garrett, Christiana, TN, for the 175th anniversary of the Sisters of Providence arriving in Indiana. Oh my gosh! I got so excited when I opened my new calendar from you. There on the first month is my first grade teacher, Sister Cyril. She didn’t change all…

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Sandra Scroggins: “Thank you Mother Theodore”

This Rooted for Tomorrow story was contributed by Sandra Scroggins for the 175th anniversary of the Sisters of Providence arriving in Indiana. In November 2006 I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and was near death. So began a year of treatment and trials. Also that month Mother Theodore Guerin was canonized in Rome. In…

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Mary Ann Simpson: “Strong, loving, and well-educated women are hard to find”

This Rooted for Tomorrow story was contributed by Mary Ann Simpson for the 175th anniversary of the Sisters of Providence arriving in Indiana. I remain so very grateful for the education as well as for the spiritual and moral formation that the sisters at Immaculata provided. Strong, loving, and well-educated woman are hard to find,…

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Bernadette Scala: “Will always be in my heart”

This Rooted for Tomorrow story was contributed by Bernadette Scala for the 175th anniversary of the Sisters of Providence arriving in Indiana. I was taught by the Providence Order for 12 years and I have stayed connected with them since my cousin the late Sr. Norene entered the order over 60 years ago. I was…

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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.