About Sister Dawn Tomaszewski
Sister Dawn brings years of experience in advancement work, specifically communications, public relations and marketing. Prior to serving in elected leadership with the Congregation, she most recently was the vice president for advancement at Guerin College Prep High School in River Grove, Ill. Prior to that, she was the director of communications, public relations and marketing for the Office of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Chicago. She was the president of the founding board of Woods Daycare Preschool, Inc., and also has served on the Alumnae Board of Saint Mary-of-the Woods College and the Fatima Retreat House Board in Indianapolis. Sister Dawn holds master’s degrees in both journalism (from the University of Chapel Hill, N.C.) and theology (from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago). She is currently general superior of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.
What is your relationship to the Sisters of Providence?
Was taught by the Sisters of Providence in both high school (Mother Theodore Guerin H.S., River Grove, IL) and college (Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College). After joining the SPs in 1975, I spent the first six years teaching in Sister of Providence high schools. After completing a master's degree in communications in 1984, I returned to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and became the director of communications for the congregation. I helped joined the departments of communications and development into the congregation's advancement office and was the first director of congregational advancement.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to walk the Woods; I love photography; I love to sing and do often as a cantor and a member of the schola at liturgies at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.
What are your hobbies?
Gardening! Sports of all sorts, especially watching college basketball games during March madness, or golfing, especially with my brother and his family.
What is your favorite Bible verse/quote/book/movie/song/YouTube video (and why)?
Scripture: from Deuteronomy: "Choose life then, that you and your descendants may live." Song: from Wicked: "For Good." I love the Harry Potter series of books and have read Volume I at least four times.
What is your favorite month (and why)?
February, of course, the month I was born!
If you could have dinner with three famous people, dead or alive, who would you invite (and why)?
Of course, I would love to meet Mother Theodore Guerin. In this realm, I would love to meet Barbra Streisand, but it would make me too nervous to eat dinner with her. I have always been fascinated by Abraham Lincoln.
Recent Posts by Sister Dawn Tomaszewski
Reflection | Posted on October 22, 2017
Thanks, in part, to the latest volume of the SP history written by Sister Maureen Abbott, “New Lights from Old Truths,” we have cast new light on a saying of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin. During instructions with the novices, Mother Continue Reading »
Reflection | Posted on October 4, 2017
Happy Feast! I think Mother Theodore might agree that the best part of her being declared a saint is the opportunity it has given us as her beloved community to come together to pray, to sing, to enjoy each other’s Continue Reading »
Reflection | Posted on August 19, 2017
I offer you the companionship of the Sisters of Providence Continue reading →
Reflection | Posted on August 9, 2017
What experiences will you welcome to open the eyes of your soul? Will you give the Holy Spirit free access to your mind and your heart so that you will see things in new lights? Continue reading →
Reflection | Posted on June 28, 2017
‘Go, wake up the world!’ Continue reading →
Reflection | Posted on June 27, 2017
“Obedience, chastity, poverty — listening, loving, letting go. These are set before you today in a deeper way. And to return to the scripture for today — God is with you every step of the way.”
Sister Dawn reflects at the vows ceremony for three Sisters of Providence. Continue reading →
Blog Post | Posted on April 20, 2017
Our fragile Earth IS HOLY Continue reading →
Blog Post | Posted on April 15, 2017
Is there any greater joy than life overcoming death? Is there any greater longing than to find the stones of our lives rolled away? Continue reading →
Blog Post | Posted on April 10, 2017
‘Oh, it does cause me to tremble’ Continue reading →
Reflection | Posted on March 24, 2017
‘Thank you on behalf of all Sisters of Providence and especially those of us who are with you’ Continue reading →
Blog Post | Posted on March 24, 2017
We have already received donations from 1,104 donors Continue reading →
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