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Providence Associates Features & Reflections

Life lessons from the Sisters of Providence

Posted on July 12, 2016 at 4:35 am by

There was one constant during all those years — Sister Rita. I never lost touch with her and even managed to see her throughout the years. At a minimum, we would talk on the phone and catch up on each other’s lives. Every time I got off the phone with Sister Rita or visited with her, it would bring me back to Providence and those lessons learned at the Woods. Continue reading

Providence Associate connects to the Woods

Posted on June 18, 2016 at 4:13 am by

I intend to stay a Providence Associate for as long as I can, in the hopes that someone somewhere will think of the Sisters of Providence when they think of me. And also, in the hopes that maybe I can influence one person to love and listen unconditionally. Because we are indeed only human and all with a story to tell. Continue reading

Video blog: What is a Providence Associate?

Posted on April 18, 2016 at 4:02 am by

“It’s a rewarding walk; a deeper inner journey.” Continue reading

Reaching out as mercy

Posted on April 13, 2016 at 6:00 am by

“As Pope Francis has spoken so many times, at least the way that I understand it, mercy is shown by reaching out to people where they are and not waiting for them to come to you. So in a way, it is to be alert to the needs of someone. The need to be loved, to be accepted, to be important. I think Pope Francis’ approach to a year of mercy has again called people to be more aware, more alert, to that,” said Providence Associate Daniel Hopcus, the priest chaplain at Saint Mary-0f-the-Woods. Continue reading

Invitation to a personal reflection on mercy

Posted on April 13, 2016 at 6:00 am by

Go to your preferred place of prayer. Spend some quiet time with the questions below. Let yourself relax. Know that God’s Spirit of love and mercy holds you close in this moment. Continue reading

Awakening and discovering at the Providence Associates retreat

Posted on April 12, 2016 at 4:15 am by

Awakening includes removing our makeup (I hope I don’t have to take that literally since I only use a little!), taking off our shoes (recognizing we stand on holy ground), and growing up (being honest with ourselves and others about how things are so we can move on). It also includes gratitude, an attitude that serves as “a portal for the Divine.” Providence Associate Sabrina Falls shares some of her experience at the Providence Associate spring retreat. Continue reading

A community of friends: the Providence Associate relationship

Posted on April 5, 2016 at 4:17 am by

The spirituality of Providence tells us that all of life is interconnected, that all is holy, all is one. There was “oneness” in that room that day. I could see it AND feel it. I know the source is Providence.
Providence Associates are women and men of faith who choose to have an intentional relationship with the Sisters of Providence. They commit to sharing their own unique gifts and talents with others while walking with the Sisters of Providence. But they also walk with each other and that is making all the difference. Continue reading

Calls from the Woods provide a listening ear

Posted on February 24, 2016 at 5:05 am by

Calling during the Sisters of Providence phonathon is a good way to reconnect with our friends and supporters, thank them for their help and take prayer requests. Continue reading

Before the dust settles

Posted on February 12, 2016 at 4:07 am by

I began thinking that Ash Wednesday and Lent is the time that will begin my preparation for “after the dust.” I will use this time of Lent to think about being with the Creator now. Before my dust settles. Continue reading

Reconnecting with and sharing the Woods

Posted on January 13, 2016 at 6:00 am by

“It had been close to 20 years since we had a sister on staff,” St. Patrick School Principal Amy McClain said. “But we looked at our mission and ministry and then we looked to the Woods. It felt like Providence when Sister Joni applied.” Continue reading

Prayers for people with cancer

Posted on December 29, 2015 at 5:00 am by

May all be loved.
May all be healed.
May all be sheltered.
May all be free from fear.
Providence Associate Diann Neu offers prayers for people with cancer. Continue reading

Where is the stable?

Posted on December 23, 2015 at 4:48 am by

Embrace this sacred season with hopefulness, with love. Find a way to work around conflict within your family and the world. Never forget that you are carrying the Christ within yourself. Your heart is the stable of life. Continue reading

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