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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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A dementia friendly HOME at the Woods

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | May 25, 2018 | 1 Comment

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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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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April 8, 2018: Second Sunday of Easter

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | April 5, 2018 | 1 Comment

Reading: John: 20: 19 – 31 “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not written in this book. But these are written that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that through this belief you may have life in his…

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April 1, 2018: Easter Sunday

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | March 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Reading: John 20: 2-3; 9 So [Mary of Magdala] ran to Simon Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb and we don’t know where they put him.” … Simon and John left and both ran … “For [the close] friends of Jesus did…

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

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | January 19, 2018 | 2 Comments

” 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.

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Being ‘Home’ for Christmas

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | December 21, 2017 | 6 Comments

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

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Everything about autumn can be spiritual

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | October 3, 2017 | 5 Comments

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.

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

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | April 13, 2017 | 15 Comments

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.

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Vatican visitation finds love

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | July 27, 2016 | 8 Comments

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.

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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.

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