Sister Jenny Howard
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.Read more
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…Read more
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!Read more
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…Read more
“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…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
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.…Read more
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.