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Saying yes to the vows

By Sister Emily TeKolste | June 27, 2019 |

As I say “Yes!” to these great unknowns, I am excited to see the ways that Providence will draw these vows into my life. I’m excited to see the way they will shape me into my most authentic self. I’m excited to see what religious life will come to be as we navigate this time of transition.

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A sister remembers working to racially integrate schools

By Sister Emily TeKolste | August 22, 2017 |

“We were treated just like the black people were treated because we were recognized as ‘Oh, those are the sisters who teach the black kids.’ And so they treated us like black people, and it was a wonderful experience for me,” Sister Laurine Haley says of her time helping to integrate the Catholic schools in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

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Fresh eyes on Sisters of Providence Annual Meeting

By Sister Emily TeKolste | July 7, 2017 |

Though specific forms have varied throughout the history of the Sisters of Providence, the annual coming together of all sisters has been an important tradition for the community. Last week, I got to participate in my first annual meeting.

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Holy and profane

By Sister Emily TeKolste | May 31, 2017 |

It’s not often that I spend time with my extended family in public. Sometimes, these interactions remind me how differently much of the world views Catholic sisters compared to my experience.
This weekend, I went to my cousin’s high school graduation party. Partway through the party, one of my uncles started asking me to bless him. Another made a comment about spending time with me to become holy by association.

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What can you do? Staying engaged in divisive times

By Sister Emily TeKolste | May 17, 2017 |

Do something concrete. Trust in your power to make change, even if the results aren’t immediately obvious.
Create beauty. Sing, dance, paint, draw, garden, play an instrument or write.
Ask questions of others who have different views.

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Disrupting apathy and injustice: Sister Tracey Horan and World Meeting of Popular Movements

By Sister Emily TeKolste | May 16, 2017 |

“Now, we must all become disruptors.” Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego addressed a crowd of nearly 600 clergy, women religious, and grassroots activists at the first regional meeting of the World Meeting of Popular Movements. Bishop McElroy called on them to disrupt apathy and injustice, racism and rejection of the stranger.
“This is not a moment for us to stay on the sidelines,” Sister Tracey Horan said. “The gospel calls us to step up.”

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Dear Discerner: live the questions now

By Sister Emily TeKolste | May 8, 2017 |

In my discernment process, Sister Tracey Horan would refer me to the quote of poet Rainer Maria Rilke: “Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps, then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”

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Volunteer spotlight – Peggy Balensuela

By Sister Emily TeKolste | April 25, 2017 |

If you’ve been considering volunteering with the Sisters of Providence, hesitate no longer! When the Sisters say “All Are Welcome,” they mean it. I am one of the many non-Catholics who passionately support their mission and the charism of St. Mother Theodore.

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Holy Week reflections with Saint Mother Theodore

By Sister Emily TeKolste | April 9, 2017 |

We hope your time walking through Lent with Saint Mother Theodore Guerin has been beneficial. The week’s reflections below conclude this Lenten journey. May your Holy Week be blessed!

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Week 6: Walking through Lent with Saint Mother Theodore

By Sister Emily TeKolste | April 2, 2017 |

We invite you to continue to walk through Lent with Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and with us with these short daily reflections for the coming week.
Sunday, April 2
“O my people! I will put my spirit in you that you may live, and I will settle you upon your land.” – Ezekiel 37:14

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Week 5: Daily reflections with Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

By Sister Emily TeKolste | March 26, 2017 |

“I turned to my God and felt my confidence reanimated. If He takes away our last support, is it not because He wishes to be the sole support of His Daughters of the Woods?” – Saint Mother Theodore Guerin
• When has God remained faithful to me, even when all seemed hopeless?

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Week 4: Daily Lenten reflections with Saint Mother Theodore

By Sister Emily TeKolste | March 19, 2017 |

“Continue to be faithful yourself, my dear child.” – Saint Mother Theodore Guerin
Week four daily Lenten reflections with Saint Mother Theodore

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Sister Emily TeKolste is in formation with the Sisters of Providence. She is a native of Indianapolis and has a degree in sociology from Xavier University in Cincinnati. Emily is passionate about justice with special interest in environmentalism and sustainability. You can follow her blog at She currently ministers with the NETWORK lobby for Catholic social justice.

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