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Providence Associates of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

Meet some Providence Associate Companions

Bridging transition and loss

Posted on October 15, 2015 at 9:30 am by

Sister Joseph Ellen Keitzer serves in pastoral ministry for St. Angela Parish in Chicago — a Catholic Church that was closed 10 years ago.

No, Sister Joseph Ellen hasn’t taken leave of her senses! Her role, as she describes it, is “gathering the lost sheep.” Continue reading

Walking with Providence Associate brings burst of energy

Posted on November 7, 2014 at 2:47 am by

“Because she’s so outgoing and so enthusiastic, I think she’s helped me recapture some of that enthusiasm for the Woods. And her spirituality too. Sometimes it’s easy when you go about your day, it gets kind of humdrum. But when somebody gets super excited, which she does, it’s contagious. It just awakens you,” says Sister Peggy Nau of her experience as a companion to Providence Associate candidate Jane Fischer over the past year. Continue reading

Sister Kay Manley: candidates and companions value time together

Posted on August 15, 2013

Sister Kay Manley is a native of Indianapolis. She has been a Sister of Providence 55 years. She currently ministers as a teacher of theology at Guerin College Preparatory High School in River Grove, Ill. She also has ministered in  Continue Reading »

Sister Marianne Mader: Serving as companion is all in the family

Posted on June 4, 2013

Sister Marianne Mader is a detective, of sorts. She ministers as a research assistant in Archives at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She particularly enjoys medical research. She used her skills to help document information about Saint Mother Theodore Guerin’s brain, which was  Continue Reading »

Sister Carole: a witness of hope

Posted on February 8, 2010

Taking care of an parent who is elderly — Providence Associate Companion Sister Carole Kimes knows first-hand the reality of this experience. One of 11 children, Sister Carole resides in Indianapolis with her 85-year-old father, Bob. “My primary ministry for  Continue Reading »

Sister Sue: learning and growing as a companion

Posted on January 3, 2010

Sister Sue Paweski, who resides in Chicago, is a companion to Providence Candidate-Associate Lorraine Kirker of Coupeville, Wash. Sister Sue is the Alumnae Relations manager and major gifts associate in the Mission Advancement office. 1.)Why did you want to be  Continue Reading »

Sister Cathy: fun to be a part of something new

Posted on March 10, 2009

Sister Cathy White of San Bernardino, Calif. — is the  2007-2008 companion to Providence Candidate-Associate Pat Ruck. 1.) Why did you want to become a companion? Sister Mary Alice Zander, director of Providence Associates, asked me. I actually have the  Continue Reading »

Sister Joan Kirkpatrick: supporting lay people

Posted on March 9, 2009

Sister Joan Kirkpatrick of Terre Haute, Ind. — 2008-2009 companion to Teresa Clark; 2007-2008 companion to Providence Associate Kay Sisk 1.) Why did you want to become a companion? As the number of members in the priesthood and religious communities  Continue Reading »

Sister Mary Ann: growing as women in Providence

Posted on March 9, 2009

Sister Mary Ann DeFazio is a companion to Kathleen Morris of Medford, Ore. Sister Mary Ann teaches theology at Guerin College Preparatory High School, River Grove, Ill. 1.) How did you become Kathleen Morris’s companion? I volunteered to be a  Continue Reading »