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About Sister Mary Beth Klingel

Sister Mary Beth is a general officer on the leadership team of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She has previously served as an elementary school teacher, pastoral minister, and director of novices.


I taught at the elementary level for several years prior to spending almost 30 years in pastoral ministry: liturgy, outreach, youth ministry, faith formation, administration. I served four years on the Congregation renewal team. I was director of novices before my current ministry on our Congregation leadership team.

What is your relationship to the Sisters of Providence

I was taught by the Sisters of Providence before joining. I have been a Sister of Providence for 47 years.

What do you blog about for the Sisters of Providence

I am a newcomer to blogging and will blog about various topics, particularly about the Sisters of Providence and our passions.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Playing Scrabble with friends, especially when I win! I always enjoy a good movie, particularly dramas and comedies. Puzzles of all kinds are most relaxing.

What are your hobbies?

Music, listening and singing; floral arranging and preparing environment for prayer.

What is your favorite Bible verse?

From James 2:20 “Faith without good deeds is useless.”

What is your favorite month?

October is my favorite month because it’s colorful and the temperatures are moderating. I love the transitional time from summer to winter.


Recent Posts by Sister Mary Beth Klingel

Preparing for Lent 2018

Blog Post | Posted on February 7, 2018

It may be providential that this year Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day.  While one is a Christian feast day and the other a secular holiday, they have something in common.  Both days focus on love. Ash Wednesday focuses on  Continue Reading »

Reclaim the season of Advent

Blog Post | Posted on December 1, 2013

Advent is my favorite season of the Liturgical Year. I love this quiet time before Christmas.

It isn’t a penitential time like Lent. It is a time of quiet anticipation.

Anticipation is naturally in the air. Children certainly anticipate Santa Claus and time off from school. Adults anticipate a break from work, getting together with family and friends, the chance to kick back and relax from the frenzied pace of life.

Advent is the season of waiting and longing. Our society makes it almost impossible to wait.

I noticed that Christmas TV programming began in early November. Certainly, Christmas advertising and shopping crept in even earlier — before Halloween!

The greatest challenge in Advent is to refrain from celebrating Christmas. Christmas is coming and it will be more than a day. In fact, there are 12 days for celebration, as the song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” suggests (Christmas Eve on Dec. 24 through Epiphany on Jan. 6). Continue reading

Surrounded by the dead

Blog Post | Posted on October 31, 2013

I always think of my maternal grandfather, Alex “Casey” Gutgsell, on Halloween. He was very German and very stern. But he also had a mischievous side.

As kids, we went first to “trick or treat” at my grandparents’ home. Someone always dressed up like a witch and wore a treasured, horrific mask to complete her costume.

Without fail, Grandpa Gutgsell would remove the mask from the little witch, put it on and proceed to scare us. It so delighted him and so annoyed my grandmother. Continue reading

Quiet expectation

Blog Post | Posted on December 3, 2012

The season of Advent began yesterday. A period of time leading up to Christmas and parallel to the Lenten season preceding Easter, Advent is a time of hopeful waiting as we look forward to celebrating the in-breaking of God on  Continue Reading »


Blog Post | Posted on October 30, 2012

This week is Halloween. Every store has been jamb-packed with get-ups of various kinds, to accommodate every desire. TV ads have appeared from time-to-time inviting us to haunting events in the area. From a Christian perspective, Halloween signals the Feasts  Continue Reading »

Sisters of Providence Serving Our Country

Blog Post | Posted on May 22, 2012

Some view Memorial Day as the beginning of summer, though officially it doesn’t begin until later in June. This holiday was designated as such by Gen. John A. Logan on May 5, 1868. It was known for a short while  Continue Reading »

A Valiant Woman

Blog Post | Posted on May 11, 2012

People around the world honor mothers. Designating a special day for mothers, as we do in the United States, brings into the consciousness of our nation the wonderful women who bear the name Mother. Of course, our mind goes immediately  Continue Reading »

Pausing for prayer

Blog Post | Posted on January 31, 2012

The General Officers, the leadership team for the Sisters of Providence, met last week. Each day a different council member prepared and led the prayer. The day we reflected on the gift of Earth and everyone and everything that shares  Continue Reading »

August 21. 2011: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection | Posted on August 19, 2011

Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who  Continue Reading »

August 14, 2011: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection | Posted on August 12, 2011

Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by  Continue Reading »

August 7, 2011: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection | Posted on August 5, 2011

When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”  Continue Reading »

July 31, 2011: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection | Posted on July 29, 2011

Jesus saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is late; send the crowds away  Continue Reading »

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