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You help Providence in the Desert make a difference!

Posted on November 21, 2015 at 4:59 am by

Imagine what it would be like coming to a new country, trying to make a better life for yourself and for your children. Imagine how difficult that would be if everyone around you spoke a language you did not know. Because of your support, Providence in the Desert enables a parent to speak confidently to her child’s teacher. A grandmother can understand what her doctor tells her about her health. A laborer can understand the people he works for, allowing him a better job. Continue reading

Sister Loretta Picucci

Posted on October 20, 2015 at 12:02 pm by

“I think what we do creates hope, because it gives them confidence in themselves. It gives them confidence that they can learn. They find out that they can learn the language, but they also find out that even when they make mistakes, they are learning, so it’s OK to keep trying,” says Sister Loretta Picucci of her ministry teaching English to immigrant farm workers at Providence in the Desert in California. Continue reading

Daniel: empowered in the Desert

Posted on August 6, 2015 at 4:37 am by

“The people who make the driver’s test only speak English. I understand fine. They say go left, go right. I understand. They say when I am done, ‘Good job.’ I say, ‘It’s Providence in the Desert,’” Daniel said. Continue reading

Love in action at Providence in the Desert

Posted on May 15, 2015 at 10:26 am by

Providence in the Desert is about a lot more than teaching.
It’s about presence. It’s about caring. It’s about love and compassion.
It’s about calling a student during your down time in the middle of the day to quiz her on what she will need to know for her upcoming U.S. citizenship exam. Continue reading

When I’m rich: Providence dreams in the Desert

Posted on March 11, 2015 at 2:12 am by

A few days ago, Leticia, one of Sister Loretta’s students here at Providence in the Desert, said to Sister Loretta, “When I’m rich, I want to have a car like yours.” Continue reading

Gathering celebrates hidden women from scripture

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 12:13 pm by

Selected readings and songs of praise honored our foremothers in faith who were witnesses, leaders, deacons, prophetesses, theologians: holy women of our past lineage whose stories we never hear read in our church. Continue reading

Sisters of Providence welcome Nuns on the Bus

Posted on June 20, 2013 at 9:00 pm by

The Nuns on the Bus visited Providence in the Desert, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence and a division of Guerin Outreach Ministries, on June 13. Many sisters came together to support just immigration reform. Continue reading

National Catholic Rural Life Conference highlights Providence in the Desert

Posted on August 30, 2012 at 12:06 pm by

Click here to read the National Catholic Rural Life Conference’s coverage of Providence in the Desert’s ministry to Mexican immigrants in rural Coachella, Calif.

Thankful in the desert

Posted on November 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm by

Members of the Providence in the desert family share why they are thankful for the ministry of Providence in the Desert in their lives. Providence in the Desert provides free English-language instruction, music classes for children and assistance for immediate  Continue Reading »

Dynamic Providence in the Desert founder celebrates 60 years as a religious Sister

Posted on September 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm by

The trailer park residents at the east end of the Coachella Valley in Southern California are some of the poorest people in the United States. Mostly immigrant farm workers from Mexico, they are often marginalized and discriminated against for their  Continue Reading »

Providence in the Desert opens new doors for student

Posted on April 9, 2010 at 11:35 am by

Martha Langarica is a shining example of what Providence in the Desert is all about. Martha came to the United States from the state of Nayarit in Mexico 25 years ago. She came to work in the fields so that  Continue Reading »

Giving her whole self to music

Posted on May 26, 2009 at 2:26 pm by

This article is reprinted from the summer 2009 issue of HOPE. A Sister of Providence since 1951, Sister Carol Nolan has been teaching music since 1953. She was the first music teacher at Mother Theodore Guerin High School, River Grove,  Continue Reading »

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