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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

Grieving gracefully into a future full of hope

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

Saint Mother Theodore once said, “Treat yourself as you treat others, with kindness and indulgence.” I firmly believe that, above all, to comfort oneself or another involves being gentle with oneself or another. It means allowing grief to be a teacher who reminds us that we are wired for resilience. We are meant to find meaning and purpose in life. Continue reading

Forgiveness and mercy

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

Forgiveness is a process, and a slow one at that. We cannot rush forgiveness. If we do it becomes insincere. It takes time, patience and mercy and it is never an easy journey to make. Continue reading

Dare to be merciful

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

“You persistently encourage us to build not destroy, … to have mercy towards the one we see as least deserving or the one who has hurt us deeply and to love, love, love and love more.” Sister Denise Wilkinson dares us to look more deeply at mercy in our lives. Continue reading

Feeding neighbors in need

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

“Our clients always speak words of gratitude,” Sister Joseph said of her ministry at Providence Food Pantry in West Terre Haute, Indiana. “That’s really a very uplifting feeling. This is unconditional love. That’s mercy. We see Christ in these people. We try to help in any way we can.” Continue reading

Nurturing to renewed hope and health

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

It’s how much the staff and everyone cares about their patients,” said Lorre, who spent much of last summer in the rehabilitation unit at Providence Health Care at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. “No matter who you are, how sick you are or what your religious beliefs are, they care for you and love you. I felt nothing but love and care the whole time I was here.” Continue reading

Educating toward healing with music

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

“I wanted to find a career where I can get up in the morning and be excited about going to work,” Nate said. Now he is making history as one of the first on-campus male students at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College while he pursues his love for music and healing in the music therapy program. 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

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

Sister Joseph Ellen on the needs of the inner-city parish community

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

One of my goals has been to try to advocate for ethnic diversity and representation from the inner city on various diocesan boards and councils. In most dioceses, the parishes that need assistance the most cannot afford to hire parish staff, and thus have no voice or representation at conferences or workshops. Somehow, the Church has to find a way to include everyone as we proclaim to be “One Bread, One Body”. Continue reading

Every day an adventure for Sister Betty Smigla

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

“It’s overwhelming that another human being from another county who is in need puts so much confidence in us. But that’s a blessing. I’m not a psychologist, I’m not a doctor, but I have a good gut. I build them up. They leave a little more energized, a little more peaceful, knowing at least someone was there to listen to them,” says Sister Betty Smigla of her ministry as a “compañera” to Spanish-speaking clients seeking help navigating complex social systems in Chicago. Continue reading

Retired sisters share Saint Mother Theodore and her home

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

“When I think of the challenges facing our Congregation today … it may seem like all appearances are against a vibrant future. I am called to remember what the six founding sisters faced, and that deepens my faith and trust in Providence.” Continue reading

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