Sister Jenny Howard
Content written by Sister Jenny
Sisters of Providence who have ministered in Taiwan share their stories
“The grandmother of one of my students, a boy named K-Sing, said to me in Taiwanese one day, ‘I don’t know what it is, but the way you hold my little grandson is different from the other teachers.’ Then she reached out and touched my SP cross, and said: ‘You wear this white cross of your God. I do not know who this God is, but there is a special love in your heart!’”
The legacy of Providence lives on in our sisters in Taiwan
Let me tell you a little about each of our sisters currently ministering in Asia and those who have recently joined us from there.
Our sisters in Asia speak: What it means to be a Sister of Providence
“The freedom in Providence: I try to live ‘here and now,’ and put ‘tomorrow’ in God’s care. Working with God in serving others and recognizing the suffering Jesus among the people I serve is life-giving to me.”
Faces of our future: a new generation of Sisters of Providence
The Sisters of Providence are blessed to have eight women in initial formation and temporary profession here in the United States. Let me share what they are up to currently.
With great gratitude for our sisters who further the mission of God’s Providence in Asia
As we continue our celebration of Chinese New Year, during these two weeks of February, it feels like a very appropriate time to lift up our gratitude for our Sisters of Providence (SP) living and ministering in Asia. As a Congregation, our history in Asia began in 1920, when Bishop Joseph Tacconi asked the SPs…
Miracle Place – Fiesta Friday! Big Announcement!
On Friday, Oct. 4, Miracle Place, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence, celebrated the 13th Annual Fiesta Friday Benefit Event with nearly 500 friends in attendance. A big announcement made that night was met with much enthusiasm.
Wherever one Sister of Providence is … we all are!
On Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 25, a large number of Sisters of Providence gathered in St. Joseph’s Chapel in Owens Hall to share in a simple prayer of “missioning” and blessing for Sisetr Arrianne Whittaker as she transitioned into her mission novice year.
Sister Arrianne shared these reflections:
“When I reflect on my experience of the missioning prayer ritual, it can be summed up in two words — sacred connection — a sacred time, in a sacred place, with a community of women who share a sacred spirit.
As we began the prayer service with our Prayer of Reunion I felt that sacred spirit surround me. I felt connected in a way I had not noticed before. Maybe it has slowly, unassumingly seeped into my bones over the past two and a half years, but this day it was very clear to me … I am a Sister of Providence!
Our new postulant arrives!
On Monday, Sept. 17, Joni Luna, a woman from Corpus Christi, Texas, entered the postulancy of the Sisters of Providence. For several years Joni has been discerning her call to enter religious life. She came to know the Sisters of Providence through her Connections with Sister Barbara Bluntzer, SP, who ministers in Corpus Christi, her…
A Step in the Journey of Providence for Sister Arrianne Whittaker
“This is the path traced by Providence. And I follow it.” — attributed to Saint Mother Theodore Guerin On Saturday, August 18, Arrianne Whittaker, following her time of postulancy, took the next step on her Providence journey as she was received into the novitiate of the Sisters of Providence. Our Constitutions state that “the primary…
Happy Friendship Day – Aug. 5!
Friendship Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of August every year. The tradition of dedicating a day in honor of friends began in the U.S. in 1935. Over time the idea has gained popularity and today “Friendship Day” is celebrated in a large number of countries around the world. Recently, a “30-year friend” of…
Our new postulant arrives!
On Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, Arrianne Whittaker, a young woman from Waukesha, Wis., entered the postulancy of the Sisters of Providence. Arrianne had thought about becoming a sister since her sophomore year of high school. Following her graduation from Marquette University, Arrianne ministered at St. Ann Clinic in Terre Haute, Ind. as a Providence Volunteer…
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
As we begin this third week of Advent, we are mindful of the “holy ones” who model for us by their lives, how we, too, might “be with” those around us who find themselves on the margins of society. How we, too, may by a source of strength and hope to those most in need….
Sister Jenny Howard is a general officer of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. Prior to her leadership role, Sister Jenny served as Vocations director for the Congregation.