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Feast of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, 2018 reflection

It was about 9:30 p.m. on one of the nights leading up to the opening of the new shrine of Saint Mother Theodore back in October of 2014. I went looking for Father Mark Joseph Costello, who was putting the finishing touches on one of the display cases in the shrine. I wanted to nudge…

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Reflections for Reception into the Novitiate

As a community, we pray that you will continue to be open to the designs of Providence for your life

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Reflecting on our Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting is an excellent time and space to touch into those Chapter commitments

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Reflections from the 2018 Golden/Silver Jubilee Celebration

Obedience in this day may mean to speak publicly about the ills of our society, to cast down the mighty from their thrones and lift up the lowly, to give the hungry good things and send the rich away empty-handed. To stand, as our Pope Francis suggests over and over again, with those on the margins. And if we are going to stand on the margins, we may have to move, to leave behind all that has become familiar and comfortable for the sake of the reign of God.

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Reflections for the local Golden Jubilee celebration

Each of you set forth on a path you thought was marked out by Providence.

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Easter 2018 reflection

For so many Easters of my young life, my siblings and I (and our cousins who lived in the apartment above us) would discover sunglasses in each of our Easter baskets. Seldom were these ordinary, boring sunglasses. They were bright-colored, novelty glasses. Typically, some ornate figure or image (flowers or cowboy boots for the boys)…

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Transformed and transferred: reflection for the transfer of vows of Sister My Huong Pham

So, though we celebrate My Huong’s transfer of vows today, her transformation in Providence, I urge all of us to see this occasion as an invitation from God to change ourselves … to allow ourselves, through God’s strength and grace, to be transfigured, to take the opportunity to change what we ought to change but have not.

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All of life is one holy family (New Year’s, 2018)

In the Catholic Church world this New Year’s Eve we will celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. This coincidence of the Feast of the Holy Family and New Year’s Eve got me thinking about my notions of family and what constitutes both family and holiness these days. Is there a New Year’s Resolution to…

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‘I’ll be home for Christmas:’ A song of hope and of light in the darkness

This might seem like a strange reflection at a time of the year when we are celebrating a birth, and the operative emotion suggested is JOY

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Celebrating the Providence Associates: 10 years in relationship

Sisters of Providence share how they feel about Providence Associates: They give us hope for fresh energy and prophetic wisdom. They give hope for all of us now and into the future united for mission. Providence Associates give us all a greater appreciation of what Providence means. They give us a spiritual and inspirational uplift. They broaden our spirituality.

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Providence people: a reflection for Providence Associate rite of first commitment

Let’s abide in being Sisters of Providence and Providence Associates during the coming year and cultivate the union among us by:
So loving our neighbor that we foster community and communion wherever we go.
So showing mercy that we engender hope wherever we go.
So doing justice that our actions and advocacy lead to change and reduce the violence and hatred in our world.
The world does need us for this. And what a sweet and powerful Providence that would be.

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2017 reflection for Foundation Day

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 Thedore tells them that she doesn’t have new things to say to them, but she…

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Sister Dawn Tomaszewski was elected General Superior of the Sisters of Providence in 2016. She has been a Sister of Providence since 1975. Previously she ministered as a teacher, as communication and development director for the sisters and their ministries and as a member of elected leadership on the general council of the Sisters of Providence.

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