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Gratitude – Thanksgiving 2009

It’s a rare thanksgiving season that I don’t hear my grandma’s oft-repeated admonition to us for any breach of good behavior. “Don’t be such an ingrate.” My mother’s corrections were much more behavior specific. “Don’t be fresh.” “Stop bickering.” “Be polite when you ask.” “I told you to stop jumping on the beds.” Not Grandma…

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We hear from where we stand – Foundation Day 2009

Happy Foundation Day! There’s a saying, “We see from where we stand.” As I was reflecting on these readings, I started to think it’s as true to say, “We hear from where we stand.” In this church, in its warmth and light and community, the Scriptures chosen for this celebration sound comforting, don’t they? Yahweh…

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How to become a saint – Saint Mother Theodore Guerin’s Feast Day 2009

Many of us here remember the safe landing of US Airways Flight # 1549 into the Hudson River this past January. A total of 155 persons aboard — no lives lost; pilot and crew performing gracefully and competently under the worst kind of pressure. We heard words like remarkable, extraordinary, heroic. One passenger even used…

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Sister Denise’s comments

Historical Marker Dedication April 29, 2009 Welcome and Thanks Welcome in the name of all the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana! Those of here at St. Mary’s and those across the US, in Taiwan and China! We’re delighted to share our joy at the dedication of this marker with such distinguished guests, good…

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Principles of non-violence

Paging through the newspaper the other day, I came across an interview with Ambassador Andrew Young, a close associate of Martin Luther King, Jr. The interviewer asked Young many questions about his early days in the civil rights movement. Young’s responses were thoughtful, measured and obviously the product of a man who has spent a…

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O Death, where is your victory? O Death, where is your sting? – Easter 2009

Whenever I stumble upon this passage from 1 Corinthians 15, I have the same knee-jerk reaction: I can go with the victory part; but death does sting. When a loved one dies, sensations of loneliness, loss, grief — sometimes even anger — sting us. Watching the news these past several days, who hasn’t felt the…

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Honor Divine Providence

This article is reprinted from the winter 2009 issue of HOPE. Of the many gifts membership in the Congregation bestows on us, a commitment to life-long learning is among the most valuable. This commitment extends not only to professional education aiding us in our ministerial lives but also to on-going education in theology and spirituality….

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Sister Denise reflection: 2008 Rite of Commitment

On Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008, 32 candidate-associates made their first commitment as Providence Associates during the Rite of Commitment in the Church of the Immaculate Conception. During the Eucharistic Liturgy, 43 Providence Associates renewed their commitments. The following reflection was given by General Superior Sister Denise Wilkinson. I remember when Sister Mary Alice Zander and…

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Happy Feast Day: Oct. 3, 2008

Happy Feast Day! We are blessed to celebrate together this feast of Saint Mother Theodore for the second time since her canonization. What a wonderful day for all Sisters of Providence to remember in grateful prayer each Sister of Providence — past, present and future; each Providence Associate and associate candidate; all Providence Volunteer Ministers…

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Sister Denise welcomes new associates

General Superior Sister Denise Wilkinson’s reflection on the Feast of Our Lady of Providence during the Rite of Commitment for Providence Associates: Nov. 17, 2007: What a moment! Let’s revel in the celebration of this first in the 167 year history of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods! How wonderful that today all Sisters…

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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 the Congregation. Currently, Sister Denise serves the Congregation in various volunteer positions.

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