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About Sister Denise Wilkinson

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.

Recent Posts by Sister Denise Wilkinson

Shared roots: bonds that unite beyond culture, time and place

Feature | Posted on January 19, 2018

” I loved being the very place where Mother Theodore worshiped in her years of living in La Providence. To sit in this very simple chapel for hours refreshed and renewed me. There I experienced in a unique way the presence of Mother Theodore,” writes Sister Denise Wilkinson.

Being ‘Home’ for Christmas

Reflection | Posted on December 21, 2017

It seems to me that that new perspective created a home, a free space, a quiet space, a breathing space

Everything about autumn can be spiritual

Blog Post | Posted on October 3, 2017

Something spiritual is all around us.

If one lives in Indiana and in many places in the northern hemisphere, everything about autumn can be spiritual – spiritual in the sense of the possibilities presented to pull us into someone greater than ourselves, some mystery beautiful, intricate and inspiring.

Language barriers, smiles and unexpected gifts: Sister Denise Wilkinson reflects from France

Reflection | Posted on April 13, 2017

I am getting to know each sister by paying attention to her expressions, her voice, her walk, her greeting of others. I notice her desire to communicate with me and her frustration at not knowing English.
Most of all I notice smiles. I didn’t expect smiles as comfort, joy, wordless compassion. Right now that’s what they are for me and I hope for the sisters I encounter.

Vatican visitation finds love

Blog Post | Posted on July 27, 2016

They saw that we genuinely love one another.
After a years’ long and sometimes painful investigation, that is what stands out for me from the results of the apostolic visitation on our community of women religious by the Vatican.

Celebrating Sister Joni as she professes first vows on June 26

Reflection | Posted on June 28, 2016

Sister Joni Luna professes her first vows as a Sister of Providence on June 26, 2016, at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

Congratulations to the 2016 gold and silver Jubilarians

Reflection | Posted on June 28, 2016

Sister Denise reflects on three Sisters of Providence celebrating 50 years with the Congregation and one sisters celebrating 25 years as a sister. “All four of you answer the call of Jesus to reach out, to touch those longing for a deeper friendship with the Holy One. You touch those who mourn and those meek persons hungering for what rightfully is theirs though they are pushed to the sidelines by would-be leaders.”

A Reflection for Memorial Day

Blog Post | Posted on May 25, 2016

So many parents, wives, husbands and children mourn and remember loved ones who have died in wars far from home or very near home.

Dare to be merciful

Reflection | Posted on April 13, 2016

“You persistently encourage us to build not destroy, … to have mercy towards the one we see as least deserving or the one who has hurt us deeply and to love, love, love and love more.” Sister Denise Wilkinson dares us to look more deeply at mercy in our lives.

A reflection for Easter

Reflection | Posted on March 23, 2016

‘Staying positive. Pray for me.’

Reflection for Lent

Reflection | Posted on February 10, 2016

I wish you well in celebrating Lent in whatever way makes sense to you as a child of a loving God.

New Year Reflection 2016

Reflection | Posted on January 4, 2016

Happy New Year and a blessed 2016! Have you made your New Year’s resolution(s) yet? Do you ever? I never do and probably never will. Maybe because in our Catholic tradition there are so many new seasons – Ordinary time to Advent to Christmas to Lent to Easter and back to Ordinary time. Each new  Continue Reading »

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