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Miracle Place: a beacon for the neighborhood

Posted on January 11, 2017 at 9:39 am by

According to the two sisters, “the mission of Miracle Place is to offer hospitality, care, and concern. It is a place of spiritual refreshment where all who come may find refuge. Where all who are severely tried may be comforted. Where all who are lonely may find companionship. And where those without hope may find a renewed spirit.” Continue reading

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin: bearing the light still today

Posted on January 11, 2017 at 9:39 am by

Saint Mother Theodore’s story is still very relevant today. She was an immigrant. She came to a foreign land where she didn’t know the language and where there was a lot of prejudice and bias toward Catholics and toward women. There are just so many parallels to what she faced and what she endured that are still around today. She’s a great model and mentor. Continue reading

Connecting hope and assistance to a community in need

Posted on January 11, 2017 at 9:39 am by

“It’s as if Providence is there, waiting to provide. Someone comes in and says ‘I have to take care of my grandkids whose parents are now in jail. I need some beds.’ Within 24 hours, I’ll have two twin beds show up,” said Sister Dorothy Rasche, SP, director of The Connecting Link. Continue reading

Fair Trade: products that improve the lives of people on the margins

Posted on January 11, 2017 at 9:38 am by

Linden Leaf Gifts is a store that worries less about keeping the lights on and more about how to bring light into the lives of marginalized people. As a ministry of the Sisters of Providence, Linden Leaf Gifts measures success a little differently than most retail stores. Success is derived also from the difference it can make in the lives of people that provide the unique products sold there. Continue reading

Ministry of prayer and smiles offer light

Posted on January 11, 2017 at 9:35 am by

We Sisters of Providence rely on our “powerhouse of prayer” as some call our sisters who reside in our health care facilities. These sisters receive a “ministry assignment” each year to pray for particular intentions. These intentions may be as specific as an individual’s name or more general, such as “for all addicted to alcohol or drugs” or “for those affected by divorce.” Continue reading

A safe home community for those who lost everything

Posted on January 11, 2017 at 9:34 am by

“I wanted to work with God’s working poor, who lost all of their belongings during the hurricane. They were living in broken down trailers with two or three families in each,” Sister Cathy Buster said. The end result was the new community in Arcadia, Florida. Casa San Juan Bosco I is a 53-home complex for migrant farmworkers. Continue reading

Listening with the heart: Contemplative conversation

Posted on October 3, 2016 at 11:00 am by

It may help to define “contemplation” as “a long loving look at the real.”
Who doesn’t ponder a problem or give deep thought to a decision, sometimes asking God’s guidance without even realizing it? Continue reading

Quotations from reflections given at General Chapter 2016

Posted on October 3, 2016 at 11:00 am by

“None of us is perfect. We need each other to be more whole. Amazingly God transforms us and enables us to be a people who can experience and share Christ’s mercy within a hurting world.” Sister Jane Iannaccone Continue reading

Schoolmates, sisters and part of a leadership team

Posted on October 3, 2016 at 11:00 am by

Newly elected General Officers Sisters Dawn Tomaszewski, Jenny Howard, Jeanne Hagelskamp and Lisa Stallings all attended Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College at the same time. “Music was probably what drew us together,” Sister Dawn said. Continue reading

Loving, listening and governance

Posted on October 3, 2016 at 11:00 am by

“At our recent General Chapter, we Sisters of Providence spent significant time talking about our expectations of one another as ‘sisters,’ as members of a Congregation who live ‘in community.’
We do not want to lose our presence to each other nor our sense of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods as home,” writes General Superior Sister Dawn Tomaszewski. 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

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

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