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By Sister Lisa Stallings | February 18, 2012 |

I recently had the opportunity to visit Providence St. Mel School (PSM) on Chicago’s West Side. If you’re not familiar with the school and the good work that goes on there, spend some time browsing the website to learn about the school. Better yet, view the 2009 documentary about PSM, “The Providence Effect.” I promise you’ll be…

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Movies that stay with you

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | February 7, 2012 |

After not going to the “real” movies in more than six months, I’ve been twice in the past six days – once to see “Iron Lady” and once to see “The Descendants.” In spite of the many less than positive reviews I read, I found the portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady” to…

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Pausing for prayer

By Sister Mary Beth Klingel | 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 life on this planet I spoke of an appreciation instilled in me in my youth…

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Remembering Sister St. Francis Xavier

By Connie McCammon | January 30, 2012 |

After the arrival of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and her companions to the Woods in October of 1840, the small Congregation was beset with many losses and trials. One of the most grievous and personal losses to Saint Mother Theodore was the death of Sister St. Francis Xavier, who died Jan. 31, 1856. Irma Le Fer, as…

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Treasures from Archives: Marleau-Hercules Fence Co.

By Connie McCammon | January 26, 2012 |

Back in the far recesses of Archives is a wonderful archival box filled with tantalizing details about the convent cemetery. One of the items that caught my attention was the bill for the wrought iron gate at the entrance of the cemetery. The invoice is dated Oct. 14, 1940, and is from the Marleau-Hercules Fence Co. of…

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St. Josephine Bakhita: A Super Bowl MVP

By Sister Dawn Tomaszewski | January 24, 2012 |

The proximity of this year’s Super Bowl to the heart of our community here at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods has made us painfully aware of the issue of human trafficking. It is a sad fact that one of the major ways that human trafficking occurs in our country is at major sporting events where hundreds, in some…

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Grace

By Sister Lisa Stallings | January 19, 2012 |

Most people who have spent much time at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods have a favorite season here. Mine is winter. Actually, in January, it’s winter. In April, spring will be my favorite. In July … well, you get the point. Recently, I had the opportunity to spend some time at Luking Hermitage at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. As I looked at…

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Our new postulant arrives!

By Sister Jenny Howard | January 11, 2012 |

On Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, Arrianne Whittaker, a young woman from Waukesha, Wis., entered the postulancy of the Sisters of Providence. Arrianne had thought about becoming a sister since her sophomore year of high school. Following her graduation from Marquette University, Arrianne ministered at St. Ann Clinic in Terre Haute, Ind. as a Providence Volunteer…

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Debbie Dillow ‘excited & humbled’ by new position

By Connie McCammon | January 10, 2012 |

The Providence Associates Advisory Board is excited to welcome Debbie Dillow, PA, as the new assistant director of the relationship. Debbie has been an associate since 2008 and has served on the advisory board since last spring. Debbie hails from Lizton, Ind. Debbie’s connection to the Congregation is unique. She wasn’t educated by the Sisters…

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‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ takeaways

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | January 4, 2012 |

I spent a little time over the Christmas holidays with my goddaughter’s 2-year-old son, Jax. As a consequence, I watched quite a bit of “Thomas the Tank Engine;” and I am now familiar with the various personalities and idiosyncrasies of Thomas and his engine friends. Each vignette we watched had a point to make about…

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Remembering 2011 in photos

By Connie McCammon | December 28, 2011 |

2011 was a busy one for Providence Associates, Candidate-Associates and the Sisters of Providence. We bade farewell to Sister Mary Alice Zander, first director of the Providence Associate Relationship, in March. But as Sister Mary Alice would have wanted it, we kept busy throughout the year. Last spring’s retreat featured then-General Officer Sister Marie McCarthy…

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Father Dan raises a village

By Becky Igo | December 24, 2011 |

It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes Father Dan Hopcus to raise a village at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Father Dan (pictured, at left), chaplain for the Sisters of Providence, welcomed sisters and staff members to his Dec. 22 open house to view the village he has worked on, and added to,…

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