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Throwback Thursday: Pray the Novena of Our Lady of Providence

By Sister Mary Rita Griffin | November 7, 2019 |

On Saturday, Nov. 16 the Sisters of Providence will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Providence in a special Mass at 11 a.m. in the Church of the Immaculate Conception. As is tradition we invite you to join us and pray a novena to Mary the nine days leading up to the Feast. We…

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Motherhood and Our Lady of Providence

By Sister Mary Rita Griffin | April 15, 2018 |

I realized that I had become a bit disconnected with the fact that the way in which I completed daily tasks was an answer to God’s calling. We all reflected on how we were living out our vocation and further discussed the realities of motherhood, the challenges and immense rewards. We discussed healthy ways to find balance and gentle reminders like, ‘it was a bad day, not a bad life’.  We focused on the strength and genius of femininity.

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Contemplating Mary as the mother of Jesus as we prepare for Christmas

By Sister Mary Rita Griffin | December 8, 2017 |

When I prayerfully gaze at the picture, I remember God’s love through Mary’s example of mothering to Jesus, our Lord.

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Loving example from Our Lady of Providence inspires mom

By Sister Mary Rita Griffin | August 18, 2017 |

Each winter at the Retreat for Busy Catholic Moms, participants spend part of their time getting to know Our Lady of Providence.  Many of the women write about their experience and then allow us to share them with you. Christy Schmeckebier is a mother, wife, educator, Scout Leader who attended the 2017 retreat. She describes…

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God’s love takes the form of tender loving care

By Sister Mary Rita Griffin | February 28, 2017 |

As a convert, I had grown to cherish Mary despite my initial unfamiliarity with her veneration. But “Providence” in particular was not a vocabulary word I would have associated with Mary. Upon reflection, I believe this is due to my Protestant background. I was only familiar with the Calvinist-influenced understanding of “Providence” as fate, predestination … a rigid notion vastly removed from Mary’s love for all people.

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70 years with Our Lady of Providence

By Sister Mary Rita Griffin | November 1, 2016 |

This painting of Our Lady of Providence, Queen of the Home, was hung at the entrance of my home in 1946, when I was 10 years old. The painting greeted each person coming into our home, not only visitors but my parents, younger brother and me. It spoke to all of the loving care of Mary for each one that entered.

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Introducing our new coordinator…

By Sister Mary Rita Griffin | February 24, 2015 |

A new and enthusiastic coordinator has taken the reins for the National Shrine of Our Lady of Providence. There couldn’t be a better fit for Sister Mary Rita Griffin.

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My ministry is sharing spirituality with people especially through Our Lady of Providence related to family, prayer and spirituality. An important part of this ministry is responding to prayer requests through the internet with petitions coming not only from the United States but from countries throughout the world. Mary and Joseph knew both the sufferings and joys that surrounded the upbringing of Jesus and for this reason parents can count on the intercession of Mary as she interceded with her son at the Wedding of Cana.

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