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Letters from Craigie Gunn Mitchell

Our Archives has numerous pieces of correspondence from graduates of the Academy, the predecessor of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Craigie Gunn Mitchell is one such alumna who has a plethora of letters that have been saved in our Archives. Craigie, of Bedford, Ind., was born in 1854 and attended the Academy from 1868 to 1872. She…

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Mary Gilroy: reconnected to the sisters and Church

Providence Associate Mary Gilroy of San Cristobal, N.M., made her first commitment in 2010. She was companioned by Sister Nancy Bartasavich, who currently ministers with Health Care Services at the Woods as a minister of care. 1.) Share with us about yourself. I grew up in Nashua, N.H., and Fullerton, Calif. I’m of Lithuanian and…

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Sister Jane Marie Osterholt

“ … but Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me. Do not hinder them. The kingdom of God belongs to such as these.’” (Matthew 19:14) “This reading seems to sum up what Sister Jane Marie’s ministry was centered upon — teaching children about God’s love and impressing upon parents their responsibility for their children’s…

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Sharon Medicis Michaud: a granddaughter of Mother Theodore

Sharon Medicis Michaud, PA, resides in McMinnville, Ore., with her husband, Paul. She became a Providence Associate in 2009. 1.) Share with us a little about yourself. I live in Oregon and every day I’m mindful of the beauty and richness of my life, even when it’s raining, which it often is! Oregon’s a place…

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Monica Hayden: a great affinity for the SPs

Monica Hayden made her first commitment as a Providence Associate in 2011. She was companioned by Sister Ann Sullivan. Monica currently resides in Covington, Ga., with her husband, Kurt, but the couple will soon be moving to a small town near Asheville, N.C. Monica writes two blogs, Arts ‘n Quilts and Articulations. 1.) Share with…

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A rest for weary bones

“And Moses took with him the bones of Joseph, who had required a solemn oath of the Israelites, saying, ‘God will surely take notice of you, and then you must carry my bones with you from here.’” (Exodus 13:10) When Saint Mother Theodore Guerin breathed her last breath upon this side of earth on May…

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Eleanor Badalich: ‘Thank God’

These two words are often spoken by Eleanor Badalich, a 1940 graduate of Providence High School, Chicago, and a faithful donor to the Congregation. Eleanor is one of those people who seems to be able to make lemonade out of lemons. When she was in her 70s she made a decision to sell the home…

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Building the Blessed Sacrament Chapel

Another foray into the inner sanctum of Archives has produced another gem. In the Properties/Buildings/Shrines area is a large Hollinger box with a plethora of information about the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. One of the folders within that box contains invoices and other communications regarding the building of this gorgeous chapel. The invoice that particularly struck…

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Treasures from Archives: Providence Press

The Sisters of Providence have a long history of printing and publishing. Take, for example, “Lest We Forget: The Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods in Civil War Service,” by the late Sister Mary Theodosia Mug. It was printed in 1931 by Providence Press of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Yes, indeed, having a print shop to help…

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Treasures from Archives: Father O’Brien letters

St. Sylvester Parish in Chicago has been around a long, long time. In fact, the parish was founded in 1884. The Sisters of Providence played an important role as educators in that parish, beginning in 1903. The Rev. Michael O’Brien, third pastor of the parish, began his duties at the church in 1897. Two years…

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Opening day of Providence Event 2012

The Providence Event 2012, Providence: Mystical Window on the World opened Friday morning, June 15, in the O’Shaughnessy Dining Room in Providence Center with featured speaker Ron Rolheiser, OMI. The event was sponsored by the Women of Providence in Collaboration (WPC), an organization for sisters and associates who bear the name and charism of Providence….

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Archives: keeper of the stories

Have you ever thought of Archives as being a ministry? Perhaps not, but according to Sister Marianne Mader, Archives researcher, it is. “[Archives] is a way of connecting with other people,” she notes in the summer 2012 issue of HOPE, now available online. The Sisters of Providence are blessed with an awesome Archives. Truly, this…

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Connie McCammon worked in the communications office for the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.