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Sister Elizabeth Ann Flori

“O God, you have searched me and you know me … with all my ways you are acquainted.” (Psalm 139:1-3) “How well do we know Sister Elizabeth Ann Flori? Does anyone know her through and through? Were we acquainted with all her ways?” rhetorically asked Sister Mary Pat Peacock in her commentary for Sister Elizabeth…

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Sister Elizabeth Clare Vrabely

“I think that what we suffer in this life can never be compared to the glory as yet unrevealed, which is waiting for us.” (Romans 8:18) “When Sister Elizabeth Clare heard the call of the God in whose love she lived, her farewell to us was swift, silent and sure. She had just returned to…

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St. Joseph statue ‘rained’ over the Woods

For more than 90 years, St. Joseph has been watching over the sacred grounds of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods from his perch upon the north water tower. On June 8, this 34-inch-tall, gold-plated statue was removed from the tower in preparation for the tower’s demise. Now St. Joseph safely rests in the Facilities Management office where he…

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Sister Virginia Broderick

“For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on his suffering ones.” (Isaiah 49:13) “Just a few minutes after Sister Virginia Broderick breathed her last, we read these words at Mass. They bring many aspects of her life to mind,” said Sister Mary Ann Phelan in her commentary for Sister Virginia, who…

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Sister Mary Helen Neff

“This is to my father“s glory, that you bear much fruit … .” (John 15:8) “Just as the seed grows in secret – we know not how – so the life of God comes to fullness within us. No method, no structure can transmit to us the creative power of God within us. It is…

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Sister Eleanor McAuliffe

“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

“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

“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

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

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

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

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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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.