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Sister Patty Wallace

Sister Patty Wallace has a long history with the Sisters of Providence. She remembers that in fourth grade Sister Frances Joan Baker was her teacher. Sister Maureen Loonam was her principal. She studied under Sister Marie Alexis Geiger who later became principal. In eighth grade, Sister Marilyn Baker was like a personal friend. Sister Mary…

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Sister Mary Joanita Walsh

“The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?” (Psalm 27:1) “This reading is from Psalm 27, which is one of Sister Mary Joanita’s favorite Psalms. The Health Care staff said that when she woke up during the night she would recite this line,” said Sister Catherine Livers in her commentary for…

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Sister Judy Birgen

Sister Judy Birgen is passionate about helping people who hunger for food. “When I read the Gospel, it’s not just about feeling good about helping people. It’s about feeding the hungry, clothing the naked. I do it because of who I am. If you say you’re going to be living the Gospel of Jesus, that…

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Sister Marie Consolata Gallagher

“In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. …” (John 14:2) “If home in the natural sense is ‘the place from which we start,’ Mary Gallagher’s home was Errarooey in County Donegal, Ireland. On Dec. 2, 1914, just as the world was being shaken by the thunder of the First World War, Mary was…

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Sister Mary Ann Stewart

A well-substantiated belief among Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the- Woods is that women who have had good, personal relationships with individual members of the Congregation are good candidates to devote their lives to serving God. Of course, there are other essentials that call an individual to a life of service in ministry, but the…

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Sister Marian Elizabeth Moriarty

“Jesus said to his disciples, ‘You are the salt of the Earth. … You are the light of the world.’” (Matthew 5:13a, 14a) “This Gospel reading from Matthew was used at the Eucharistic Liturgy the day after Sister Marian Elizabeth’s death and I immediately knew it would be appropriate for her wake service. ‘Salt’ and…

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Sister Mary Ellen Kilday

“Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” (John 20:21) “‘Peace. … As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ This quote from the Gospel of John was a favorite of Sister Mary Ellen and supported her all the days of her life and especially during her…

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Sister Deidre Clements

“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 12:4) “When I reflected upon the words of Paul to the Corinthians, I thought that we all have one of the gifts, or maybe two, but Sister Deidre Clements seemed to have them all. She was blessed with a keen intellect, was…

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Firmly rooted like the Woods

This article is reprinted from summer 2008 issue of HOPE. Do you recall the 1982 movie “Sister Act”? In it, comedian Whoopi Goldberg stars as lounge singer Deloris Van Cartier, who inadvertently witnesses a murder. She ends up at an inner-city Catholic church and its convent dressed as (you guessed it) a nun. “Deloris” is…

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Sister Rose Marie (Anthony Marie) Thole

“I must decrease and He must increase.” (St. John the Baptist) “These words of St. John the Baptist describing his relationship with Jesus seem to fit well with Sister Rose Marie and how she lived her life. She never wanted it to be about her; she preferred living in the background as she went about…

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Sister Laura Parker

Sister Laura Parker has firsthand experience with the importance of personal care when an individual is facing significant health issues. When she was a youngster growing up in the Chicago area, she suffered from earaches and stomach pains. She also had a serious eye malady that was treatable, but required medical attention. She had to…

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Sister Catherine Ellen Joy

“I long to see you again, which will fill me with joy.” (2 Timothy 1:4) “I thank my God whenever I think of you and every time I pray for you, I pray with joy.” (Philippians 1:4) “How do these passages relate to Sister Catherine Ellen Joy? If we have joy in our heart we…

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The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, are a congregation of Roman Catholic women religious (sisters) who minister throughout the United States and Taiwan. Saint Mother Theodore Guerin founded the Sisters of Providence in 1840. The congregation has a mission of being God's Providence in the world by committing to performing works of love, mercy and justice in service among God's people.