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Sister Eleanor McAuliffe

By Sisters of Providence | March 29, 2004 |

“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you.” (Psalm 63:1) “This afternoon, we come together to celebrate the life and ministry of Sister Eleanor McAuliffe and to revere this caring, compassionate woman,” said Sister Mary Lee Mettler in her commentary for Sister Eleanor, who died March 29. Nellie Bernadine McAuliffe was one of…

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Sister Francetta Brown

By Sisters of Providence | February 13, 2004 |

“So stand your ground, with truth buckled round your waist, … wearing as shoes on your feet the eagerness to spread the Gospel of peace … .” (Ephesians 6:14-15) “St. Paul would find Sister Francetta well-armed – a woman of faith, with truth and integrity manifest in her openness and sincerity. And assuredly the record…

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Sister Agnes Joan Li

By Sisters of Providence | January 17, 2004 |

“Sister Agnes Joan has been a heroine … . She really deserves much credit and a place of honor in our history.” (Mother Marie Gratia Luking, quoted in “Against All Odds” p. 188) “The account of Sister Agnes Joan’s vital role in the preservation of the Ching I School in Kaifeng during World War II…

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Peaceful people demand facility closing

By Sisters of Providence | November 1, 2003 |

Note: The following article was written by Sister of Providence Rita Clare Gerardot, who is an activist for peace and who participates in work to close the School of the Americas. Have you ever heard of the School of the Americas? If not, you’re not alone! This school, funded by U.S. tax dollars, has been…

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Pére Michel Guthneck

By Sisters of Providence | March 19, 2003 |

In the 163 years since the founding of the Congregation, countless lay people have worked side-by-side with the Sisters of Providence to bring love, mercy and justice to others. One of those dedicated employees was Pére Michel Guthneck. Like the sisters of that first generation who followed Saint Mother Theodore Guerin into the Woods, Pére…

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Sister of Providence released from prison

By Sisters of Providence | March 10, 2003 |

Sister of Providence Kathleen Desautels, who has served a six-month sentence at the Federal Prison Camp-Greenville (Ill.), was released Friday, March 7, amid cheers, hugs and outward expressions of hope from a group of her housemates and co-workers. Sister Kathleen, 64, a native of Indianapolis, walked away from the prison camp’s administration building at 8:30…

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Three Sisters of Providence receive sentences for trespassing during SOA protest

By Sisters of Providence | January 28, 2003 |

Three Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind., were sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Columbus, Ga., after pleading not guilty with stipulation to federal trespassing charges. Sister Adele Beacham, 76, was sentenced to 12 months probation and house arrest and 250 hours of community service. She will be confined to the motherhouse grounds…

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Three Sisters of Providence to stand trial Jan. 27 for crossing government line during non-violent protest

By Sisters of Providence | January 17, 2003 |

Three Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind., will stand trial Jan. 27 in U.S. District Court in Columbus, Ga., for their arrest in November 2002 during a non-violent protest against the School of the Americas (SOA) at Fort Benning, Ga. The SOA, now known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHISC), trains…

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Three Sisters of Providence arrested in Georgia for participation in non-violent protest at Army base

By Sisters of Providence | November 18, 2002 |

Three Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind., were arrested Sunday in Columbus, Ga., for their participation in a non-violent protest against the U.S. Army’s School of the Americas, now known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. Sisters Adele Beacham, Rita Clare Gerardot and Joann Quinkert were among 96 protestors who were arrested.…

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Many SPs sign Declaration of Life

By Sisters of Providence | April 30, 2001 |

Note: The following story was originally written in 2001 at the time of the execution of Timothy McVeigh in Terre Haute, Ind. Sisters of Providence are given an opportunity to make a personal commitment in opposition to the death penalty. Each Sister of Providence residence receives a Declaration of Life form. When signed, this legal…

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Fathers speak out against death penalty

By Sisters of Providence | March 22, 2001 |

Note: This story was originally published in 2001 prior to the federal execution of Timothy McVeigh at the U. S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. How can anyone understand the tremendous pain parents must feel when a child is taken from them by the hands of a murderer? The grief, the last words that were…

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Pope John Paul II statement – beatification

By Sisters of Providence | October 25, 1998 |

More than 40,000 people from around the world gathered in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican for a beatification ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 25,1998. During the celebration, Pope John Paul II granted the title “Blessed” to Mother Theodore Guerin and three other people. Tapestry banners with the images of the four holy people were displayed…

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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.

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