Sister Janet Gilligan
Content written by Sister Janet
Former Sisters of Providence a gift to the Church and society
Former sisters are living evidence of the unexpected gifts those who have been immersed in the Providence Community take with them wherever they go.
The surprising life of Sister Paula Damiano
A favorite quote of Sister Paula’s is from the Persian poet Hafiz: “True art makes the divine silence in the soul break into applause.”
Archives: telling our story of living the Gospel
From the beginning, recording and preserving our story has been an essential element of our ministry.
Moving forward, exuding happiness: Sister Grace Marie Meehan
Gracie, as she is fondly called, has always been known as someone who does not fret and worry. A cheerful, giving person, light-hearted and happy. But she is also a risk taker who broke down barriers.
Meaningful new names for the roads of Saint Mary’s
The names of its winding roads can tell us much about the culture and history of the Sisters of Providence and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.
The Roads of Saint Mary’s
This renaming of roads was necessary in order for the Woods to be enrolled in the County Emergency System. In the past, when there was an emergency, a member of the security staff had to wait at the gate to direct the emergency vehicles.
And now, a brief word from O’Shaughnessy Dining Hall
I am still a place of tranquil symmetry and classic beauty, and sometimes I think I can hear faint echoes of the chatter, laughter, music and ritual that for 100 years have filled this special space. I wait in eager expectation to learn what my next role will be.
A legacy of love, prayer and service
When today’s Sisters of Providence describe the spirituality of Mother Theodore, they speak of her deep, joyous love of God. Of her warm affection for her sisters. Her abiding trust in Providence. Of her resilience. Her passion for the mission. And her practical piety.
An unbreakable promise
True to her word, after her safe arrival at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Mother Theodore had a small log chapel built on a little hill in the forest east of the convent
Sister Lawrence: a courageous caregiver in an epidemic past
At 5 o’clock that same day, Sister Lawrence died. “I regret nothing,” she said, “in leaving the world. I have worked hard, very hard, with my body, perhaps my mind has not worked hard enough; our sisters will pray for me.”
“Be cheerful, kind to one another” Mother Theodore’s response to epidemic
“Keep your house, the yard, and also your persons clean. Change your linen often and have your children clean also, if they are still with you. Finally, my dear daughters, pray.”
Quietly breaking boundaries, creating hope
Few would probably imagine Sister Suzanne running for public office, supervising an adult education program or traveling through South America on her last dollar.
Sister Janet Gilligan is a volunteer in the Sisters of Providence Archives. A retired English professor, she enjoys her role as an archivist — answering queries, writing grants, and learning how to digitize collections.