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Sister Mary Mundy

Posted on July 7, 2017 at 12:06 pm by

Get to know Sister Mary Mundy in these video clips as she tells about her ministry, the importance of prayer in her life, and what is means to her to be a part of the community of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Continue reading

Fresh eyes on Sisters of Providence Annual Meeting

Posted on July 7, 2017 at 4:49 am by

Though specific forms have varied throughout the history of the Sisters of Providence, the annual coming together of all sisters has been an important tradition for the community. Last week, I got to participate in my first annual meeting. Continue reading

Listening, loving, letting go: reflection for profession of vows

Posted on June 27, 2017 at 4:08 am by

“Obedience, chastity, poverty — listening, loving, letting go. These are set before you today in a deeper way. And to return to the scripture for today — God is with you every step of the way.”
Sister Dawn reflects at the vows ceremony for three Sisters of Providence. Continue reading

One step at a time: Sister Dina on upcoming vows

Posted on June 21, 2017 at 4:11 am by

“From searching for my life’s purpose to finding passion and love. I know I could not have planned my life any better. I am reminded regularly to be open and teachable no matter who my teachers are. That every journey starts and continues, one step at a time. And that everything is gift.”
Sister Dina reflects on professing perpetual vows as a Sister of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. Continue reading

Go out and make a difference

Posted on June 8, 2017 at 5:10 am by

Being a sister doesn’t ensure my going to heaven or living a hurt-free or pain-free life. It does not give me prestige or pay a six-figure salary. On the contrary, I have no earthly idea where the pursuit will take me, but I am learning to trust in Providence. The Providence, which, our foundress Saint Mother Theodore reminds us, “has never failed us.” When I look at the person in the mirror, I like who I am becoming. Continue reading

Holy and profane

Posted on May 31, 2017 at 4:51 am by

It’s not often that I spend time with my extended family in public. Sometimes, these interactions remind me how differently much of the world views Catholic sisters compared to my experience.
This weekend, I went to my cousin’s high school graduation party. Partway through the party, one of my uncles started asking me to bless him. Another made a comment about spending time with me to become holy by association. Continue reading

Dear Discerner: live the questions now

Posted on May 8, 2017 at 4:12 am by

In my discernment process, Sister Tracey Horan would refer me to the quote of poet Rainer Maria Rilke: “Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps, then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” Continue reading

Meet a sister. Be inspired. National Catholic Sisters Week invite

Posted on March 3, 2017 at 4:42 am by

So, in honor of National Catholic Sisters week, join us for a meal. Get to know us better. Tell others about the Sisters of Providence and the work we do to make the world a more just and loving place. Together with you, our friends and supporters, we can make this world a more hope-filled place. Continue reading

Walking through Lent with Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

Posted on February 26, 2017 at 4:06 am by

We invite you to spend a few minutes each day reflecting on the scripture verses and the words of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin with these daily Lenten reflections. May your Lent be a time of deepening your spirituality and growing closer to God. And may your walk be a little more meaningful by sharing it with Saint Mother Theodore Guerin. Continue reading

Sister Marceline looks back on the richness of 84 years as a woman religious

Posted on February 1, 2017 at 4:34 am by

I am mostly pre-Vatican II but I was excited to enter the modern world. I didn’t sit back. I was open to the evolving religious life and because of openness I was able to do many new things. Continue reading

Restlessness led to liberation as a woman religious

Posted on January 31, 2017 at 4:23 am by

During my early years in our formation process (nun training), I had to practice responding not reacting. Take a few deep breaths and ask for clarification. Begin a dialogue, not a monologue. Find some level of commonality and move from that point. Bring some sense of hope to situations that seem insurmountable. Continue reading

Seeking inner peace to create a more peaceful world: a young sister reflects

Posted on January 30, 2017 at 4:44 am by

In seeking greater unity, we started on our own doorsteps. We were all women religious who wear common clothing similar to those around us. But women religious come in all clothing types. There has been a historical division between those who chose to remain in their habits and those who chose to shed their habits following the Second Vatican Council. Similarly, approaches to authority and the vow of obedience differ greatly, and often line up with differences in dress. Conversation throughout the weekend focused on bridging those historical divisions and developing strategy that allows for true collaboration. Continue reading

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