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Betty Dilley: a loving devotion to a saint

The following article is reprinted from the summer 2012 issue of HOPE. “You may have to wait longer than you would like, you may have to bear privations; but, bear and forebear. Have confidence in the Providence that so far has never failed us. The way is not yet clear. Grope along slowly. Do not…

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Treasures from Archives: Civil War diary

I’ve been digging around Archives looking for Civil War material for a long time. One day, Sister Marie Grace Molloy, a wonderful volunteer, asked me if I had ever seen the Civil War diary of Sister Clarice Asbury’s (RIP) grandfather. No, I hadn’t seen it, so I put the diary on my list of things…

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Sisters who served during the Civil War

Sister St. Felix Buchanan Sister Helena Burns Sister Frances Ann Carney Sister Athanasius Fogarty Sister Sophie Glenn Sister Eugenia Gorman Sister Mary Francis Guthneck Sister Henrietta MacKenzie Sister Mary Louise Malone Sister Mary Rose O’Donaghue Sister Matilda Swinley Sisters Mary Rose, St. Felix, Sophie, Athanasius, Eugenia, Mary Frances and Matilda were honored with special tombstones…

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Civil War diary entries

In the Sisters of Providence Archives there is a bound transcription of the diary of General Superior Mother Mary Cecilia Bailly. She served as general superior after the death of Mother Theodore Guerin in 1856 until 1868, covering the turbulent years of the Civil War, 1861-1865. The diary consists of entries about the day-to-day activities…

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Tribute to Sister Athanasius

Sister Athanasius Fogarty, directress of the Military Hospital in Indianapolis during the Civil War, was greatly respected as a sister-nurse. She served at the hospital from May 17, 1861, to August 1865. The necrology (obituary) in the Sisters of Providence Archives for Sister Athanasius reads in part: “Sister Athanasius (Margaret Fogarty) born in County Roscommon,…

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Treasures from Archives: Sister St. Francis Xavier’s slippers

One day while gathering some information for a blog on the death of Sister St. Francis Xavier Le Fer, I ran across some intriguing information about an artifact belonging to her. I found the information in the capacious first volume of the Congregation’s history written by Sister Mary Borromeo Brown. The information concerned a pair…

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Liza Hyatt publishes book of poetry

Providence Associate Liza Hyatt of Indianapolis recently published a book of poetry titled, “Under My Skin.” Below, Liza shares some insight into her book and how it evolved. The book may be purchased online by visiting here. 1.) You’ve been working on this manuscript since 2005. What was your original impetus for wanting to create…

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Treasures from Archives: Father Goossens

In one of my recent forays in the stacks of Archives, I stumbled upon a unique item. In an archival box marked chaplains I discovered a black leather wallet in the file of the late Father Emile J. Goossens. No, there wasn’t any money, but there was a wonderful pin — a little tarnished —…

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Treasures from Archives: Foley Hall Elevator

Foley Hall conjures many memories for many people. For those of us who never had the privilege of seeing this magnificent edifice, old photographs help us to imagine what an awesome structure Foley must have been. Another way in which we can appreciate the grandness of this building is to peruse some old documents wonderfully preserved…

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Bill Hughes: resonating with Providence

William “Bill” Hughes is a 2011-2012 Providence Candidate-Associate from Terre Haute, Ind. His companion is Sister Ann Casper. 1.) Share with us a little about yourself. I lived the first 11 years of my life in the Pittsburgh, Pa., area, moved to Sparta, Ill., at age 11. My father and grandfather were both Presbyterian pastors….

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Opening prayer February 2012 advisory board meeting

The following prayer and blessing opened the Feb. 4, 2012, Providence Associates Advisory Board meeting. The prayer and blessing were created by Sister Margaret Kelly, Pat Gill, PA, and Lenore Renier, PA. Since this was the first meeting for Debbie Dillow, PA, as the assistant director and General Officer Sister Dawn Tomaszewski as the General…

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Remembering Sister St. Francis Xavier

After the arrival of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and her companions to the Woods in October of 1840, the small Congregation was beset with many losses and trials. One of the most grievous and personal losses to Saint Mother Theodore was the death of Sister St. Francis Xavier, who died Jan. 31, 1856. Irma Le Fer, as…

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