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Reflection for the reception of Sister Emily TeKolste into the novitiate

Posted on August 9, 2017 at 1:14 pm by

What experiences will you welcome to open the eyes of your soul? Will you give the Holy Spirit free access to your mind and your heart so that you will see things in new lights? Continue reading

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

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

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

Sister Editha Ben

Posted on March 2, 2017

All her life, Sister Editha Ben has been a risk taker, working to break boundaries in her own life and in society. From running away to join the convent, to being blacklisted by the Filipino government for teaching social justice, to transferring to the Sisters of Providence after more than 30 years in her former congregation, Sister Editha has proven herself willing to follow the Spirit’s lead even in the face of opposition. Continue reading

Sister Dina Bato

Posted on November 18, 2016 at 12:31 pm by

Get to know Sister Dina Bato! In these video clips she shares some of her vocation story in coming to the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and some of what has brought her joy since. Continue reading

Video: God’s call is finding a place where we can thrive and be our fullest selves

Posted on October 30, 2016 at 4:24 am by

“When we talk about vocation, when we talk about a call, it’s not that God is asking us to fit into some box that doesn’t fit us. It’s about finding a place where we can really thrive and be our fullest selves.” Continue reading

Meet Emily: Sister of Providence postulant introduces herself

Posted on September 13, 2016 at 4:45 am by

To foster the types of relationships I grew to value in college, I moved into the Catholic Worker community. It accepted people at various stages of their faith journeys and from all backgrounds to work together to provide hospitality and seek justice. When I met Tracey, I wasn’t excited about a future sister joining the community. I didn’t understand what that meant. Then Tracey and I started running together. During one morning run she shared her vocation story. When I continued asking questions in the days that followed, she began to sense something was up and invited me to a discernment retreat. Continue reading

Photos: Welcome Emily! A new Sister of Providence postulant

Posted on September 8, 2016 at 2:03 pm by

The Sisters of Providence welcomed a new young woman to the Congregation on Wednesday. Emily TeKolste of Carmel, Indiana, officially entered the Congregation with a knocking prayer ritual. Enjoy the photos! Continue reading

A sister and doctor: Meet Sister Arrianne Whittaker

Posted on July 15, 2016 at 10:23 am by

‘It was an amazing experience, and indeed, quite a providential one, too.’ Continue reading

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