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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

What brings you joy?

Posted on July 15, 2016 at 4:59 am by

Pay attention to those things that excite you, bring you joy, and that you never want to stop doing. Frederick Buechner said, “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” Some people call this your “vocation.” It is the person God is calling you to be in the world. Continue reading

Celebrate with us! Jubilee and vows weekend photos

Posted on July 1, 2016 at 4:39 am by

Enjoy photos from this weekend’s festivities at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. On Saturday, Sisters Cathy Campbell, Mary Jo Piccione and Linda Thompson celebrated their Golden Jubilee — 50 years as Sisters of Providence. Sister My Huong Pham celebrated 25 years in religious life. And Sunday was the first vows celebration for Sister Joni Luna. We’re so blessed to have all of these Sisters in our Providence family. Continue reading

A prayer for times of discernment

Posted on May 10, 2016 at 4:07 am by

At times when the way ahead,
or even the next step,
seems unclear,
assure me that You know what is to come;
that You envision
a plan to prosper me and not to harm me,
to give me a future full of hope. Continue reading

A welcoming and fun space to discern your call

Posted on March 22, 2016 at 4:53 am by

This is what “Come and See” weekends with the Sisters of Providence have been for me. A supportive and relaxed environment where I could honestly discern my call to religious life. These weekends are opportunities to meet and talk with real sisters. A chance to spend time in prayer. They are a time to consider this life commitment with others like you. Continue reading

Young sisters giving voice to mercy

Posted on January 26, 2016 at 4:48 am by

Last weekend was my first time attending the Giving Voice 20’s/30’s retreat in Phoenix, Arizona… As we began to unfold what the theme “Contemplating the Mystery of Mercy” meant to each of us, the sisters around the circle shared stories about learning mercy from those they ministered with, struggles to have mercy for themselves, and the simple but challenging calls to mercy in the ins and outs of community life.
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Co-creating the future with God

Posted on December 17, 2015 at 4:12 am by

Let us be more intentional in allowing Providence to actively engage in our lives. More present to how we are called to co-create in this time of distrust, cultural animosity, economic crisis and increasing violence. Continue reading

Habit forming dialogue

Posted on November 24, 2015 at 4:50 am by

“In light of recent acts of violence around the world and expressions of fear and intolerance in our own country, I find in this experience a small circle of light, a glimmer of hope. Among my peers, I found genuine concern, a desire for understanding, thoughtful questions, and an ability to embrace the gift of our diversity. I experienced in a small way the big potential that exists for men and women religious to model dialogue…” Continue reading

Sister Joni becomes who God created her to be as a Sister of Providence

Posted on November 3, 2015 at 9:14 am by

“You enter community and spend three years learning who you are,” Sister Joni said. “The masks that we build start to peel away and you become the person God created you to be.” In her new ministry Sister Joni is reconnecting Saint Patrick School in Terre Haute with the Sisters of Providence, the order that founded the school in 1882. Continue reading

Foundation day through a young sister’s eyes

Posted on October 22, 2015 at 4:52 am by

Sister Dina Bato, a woman in formation with the Sisters of Providence, shares what Foundation Day means to her. In Sister Dina’s words, “Mother Theodore brought all of who she was into this mission. That’s what we’re called to do.” Continue reading

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