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Holy and profane

Posted on May 31, 2017 at 4:51 am by

It’s not often that I spend time with my extended family in public. Sometimes, these interactions remind me how differently much of the world views Catholic sisters compared to my experience.
This weekend, I went to my cousin’s high school graduation party. Partway through the party, one of my uncles started asking me to bless him. Another made a comment about spending time with me to become holy by association. Continue reading

“You are worth everything” Sister Barbara Sheehan and Urban CPE Consortium

Posted on May 17, 2017 at 9:00 am by

“Sister Barbara looks at each of us and doesn’t see an addict. She looks at us as human. Every person feels welcome.” Continue reading

How to engage one another in difficult or potentially divisive conversations

Posted on May 17, 2017 at 9:00 am by

As we engage in difficult conversations, … ask ourselves why we have made the assumptions we have and whether they are valid. What beliefs do we hold that have influenced our thinking? Have we really considered all the facts? Continue reading

Online exclusive: Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and Sisters of Providence seek more collaboration

Posted on May 17, 2017 at 9:00 am by

Trustee Alice Shelton said the retreat was very important. “The public tends to view Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and the Sisters of Providence as being very close together.” Continue reading

Grassroots, indivisible

Posted on May 17, 2017 at 9:00 am by

We find in joining with others to effect real social change that we ourselves are more hopeful, more able to embrace diversity, and more willing to engage others who look, think, or act differently than ourselves. As a nation, we have experienced quite a shift these days. Contributing to our democracy by joining a local Indivisible group, I experience the deep joy of contributing to the common good. Continue reading

I’ll meet you in the field: the spirituality of coming together

Posted on May 17, 2017 at 9:00 am by

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is
too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the
phrase each other doesn’t make any sense. — Rumi
Sister Ann Sullivan reflects on the spirituality of coming together across divides. Continue reading

Newsnotes HOPE summer 2017

Posted on May 17, 2017 at 9:00 am by

Updates from the Sisters of Providence spring 2017. Continue reading

Providence spirituality in action: Sister Kathleen Desautels and 8th Day Center for Justice

Posted on May 17, 2017 at 9:00 am by

I started thinking about everything I had seen from Sister Kathleen during my time at 8th Day. What I saw was Providence Spirituality in action. In our conversations over those two years, I had heard many of Sister Kathleen’s stories, her thoughts and her prayers. I found a woman willing to put herself on the line for the greater good time and time again. Continue reading

“You don’t give up on a person” Sister Rita Clare’s journey with a prisoner

Posted on May 16, 2017 at 2:00 pm by

“He’s always felt remorse. I’m not condoning the evil that he has done. But he’s also a human being who needs support. He needs someone who is a positive influence in his life and can help him improve.” Continue reading

Unity and difference: blessings of engagement for local church members and the Sisters of Providence

Posted on May 16, 2017 at 1:00 pm by

To date, 11 members of Central Christian Church have become Providence Associates or are candidates, including the pastor! Karen Sagraves says many synergies exist between Central Christian Church and the Sisters of Providence. “We’re both very inclusive, related to ecumenical issues and relationships with others. We’re both justice-oriented and progressive.” Continue reading

Disrupting apathy and injustice: Sister Tracey Horan and World Meeting of Popular Movements

Posted on May 16, 2017 at 1:00 am by

“Now, we must all become disruptors.” Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego addressed a crowd of nearly 600 clergy, women religious, and grassroots activists at the first regional meeting of the World Meeting of Popular Movements. Bishop McElroy called on them to disrupt apathy and injustice, racism and rejection of the stranger.
“This is not a moment for us to stay on the sidelines,” Sister Tracey Horan said. “The gospel calls us to step up.” Continue reading

No time for despair: climate change reality

Posted on May 9, 2017 at 9:00 am by

So, why must we change? Drought, floods, fires, extreme weather, uninhabitable places, rising sea levels, species extinction, refugees, disease, food insecurity, inescapable heat … I could go on. Virtually nothing that we know about Earth is untouched by climate change. And no one. Continue reading

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