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Education in everyday caring makes a difference

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | January 10, 2019 | 1 Comment

Staff members who participated in dementia care training share how it makes a difference in their everyday care giving: Don’t take any behaviors personally.** Build trust by spending time with each person.** Learn to read the cues of a person. A non-verbal person may ordinarily smile as a greeting; but if there’s no smile, she’s having a bad time of it.

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Advent 2018: So many possibilities in the waiting

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | December 2, 2018 | 7 Comments

The days of Advent, the Church’s season of waiting, holds so many possibilities for us

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HOME, a place to nurture the well-being of others

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | September 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

It is rare that a Sister of Providence going to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods doesn’t say, “I’m going home.” It is rare that visitors to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods campus don’t remark on the beauty, the peace and comfort they experience on the campus. It is rare that the Woods isn’t described as a special place or as welcoming.…

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Leadership transition in Mission Advancement

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | September 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

On Sept. 1, Harve Schlachter also began a new season in his professional life. He was named co-director of the Sisters of Providence Mission Advancement office and director of development, with specific responsibilities for donor relations and fund raising.

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Musings on Kleenex and ‘Kin-dom’

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | August 3, 2018 | 8 Comments

The kin-dom of God is like a Kleenex that’s been washed, rinsed, spun dry in a washing machine

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New designs from a tree’s former fullness

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | July 23, 2018 | 13 Comments

A huge white oak tree fell to the ground one day last week. Well, it wasn’t really a huge white oak tree. It was Huge. Not really. It was HUGE! It was old. Well, it was OLD. (Maybe the tree greeted Mother Theodore and her companions as they explored their forest home.) The day the…

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Vacation Bible School – A ‘Radical Ride’

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | July 14, 2018 | 3 Comments

No matter how virtual the trip, a five-day journey requires real life experience, dedicated and creative travel agents

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A dementia friendly HOME at the Woods

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | May 25, 2018 | 2 Comments

HOME is a culture change. Its intention is to make the entire Woods a dementia-friendly place for both those living with cognitive challenges and for their families and friends. HOME is an acronym for Helping Ourselves Meaningfully Engage.

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Mother Theodore moment

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | May 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

All in all, it seems Jack has caught the essence of our saint: very brave, a lover of nature and very kind. Jack himself is very much that way: very brave, a lover of nature and very caring. That’s the thing about saints. We want to be like them.

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April 29, 2018: Fifth Sunday of Easter

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | April 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

Reading: John 15: 2 – 7 Jesus said, “He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and every one that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit. You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you. Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just…

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April 22, 2018: Fourth Sunday of Easter

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | April 19, 2018 | 3 Comments

Reading: John 10: 11–18 “Jesus said: I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me. … I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock and one shepherd.” Reflection: One method of…

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April 15, 2018: Third Sunday of Easter

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | April 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Reading: Luke 24: 35 – 48 While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in…

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Sister Denise was the general superior of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods from 2006-2016. She previously served as a high school teacher, college administrator, postulant/novice director and director of advancement and communications for Congregation. From September 2017, Sister Denise serves as Donor Relations Associate in Mission Advancement office.