Nov. 7, 2009, was a glorious day for 23 Providence Candidate-Associates who made their commitments as associates in the Church of the Immaculate Conception. The beautiful day filled each candidate as well as the church with energy and excitement. The only missing pieces were Providence Associate Director Sister Mary Alice Zander and Providence Candidate-Associate Sharon Medicis Michaud. Both women were unable to attend because of health challenges.
Sister Diane Mason, Providence Associate assistant director, admirably filled the leadership role and welcomed the new associates as well as the 37 Providence Associates who renewed their commitments.
General Superior Sister Denise Wilkinson presented the reflection. Providence Associate Father Daniel Hopcus presided over the Eucharistic Liturgy.
The beautiful music during the Rite of Commitment on Nov. 7, 2009, comes from the talented hands of Sister Lisa Stallings, coordinator of liturgical music.
Sister Dorothy Rasche pins the associate pin on the lapel of Cathy Keller of Newburgh, Ind.
Sister Diane Mason, assistant director of Providence Associates, leads the commitment ceremony under the watchful eyes of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin.
Sister Barbara Reder (left) pins the associate pin onto the lapel of Debbie Griffey.
Ann McDonagh of Carmel, N.Y., thoroughly enjoys her time at the Woods and with her companion, Sister Ann Brendan Burget (right).
Sheila Dailey Donis of Jasonville, Ind., enjoys the day with Sister Catherine Livers (right). Sister Catherine was a “substitute” companion for Sheila since Sister Ruth Eileen Dwyer was unable to attend.
It’s always a happy time when the Sisters of Providence can offer hospitality to others!
A companion receives a recently blessed Providence Associate pin.
Megan Quinlan (left) and Elizabeth “Liz” Good prepare the altar for the Eucharistic celebration.
Suzanne Kalinowski, Teresa Clark, Diane Weidenbenner and Shawn Shamsaie (left to right) present the Providence Associate pins to be blessed with holy water by Father Daniel Hopcus. Suzanne, Teresa, Diane and Father Dan also renewed their commitments as Providence Associates on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009. Shawn is a member of the Providence Associates Board.
Paul Beel processes to the front of the church with a banner.
Melissa Pasko places her commitment certificate in a basket held by General Officer Sister Marsha Speth.
Maureen Baca of Albuquerque, N.M., is pinned by her companion, Sister Jeanne Knoerle (left).
Maureen Baca (left) and Ann McDonagh bring the candles to the altar in preparation for the Eucharistic celebration. In the background is Kathy Johnson, bearing the wine.
During the reception after the Rite of Commitment Sister Mary Ann DeFazio (center) presents Kathleen Anne Morris (right) with a gift. At the left is Sister Rosemary Borntrager. Kathleen hails from Medford, Ore.
Judy Meyer (center) poses for a photo with her husband, Brian, and her companion, Sister Margaret Quinlan.
Judy Barad (left) and her companion, Sister Barbara Doherty, smile for the photographer.
Sister Jeanne Knoerle (foreground) serves as the “substitute” companion for Jenny Nowalk. Jenny’s companions, Ellen and Wolfgang Schmidt, were unable to attend.
General Officer Sister Nancy Reynolds (background) hugs Sister Diane Mason, assistant director of Providence Associates, at the end of the Eucharistic Liturgy.
On Saturday, Nov. 7, 37 Providence Associates renewed their commitments. Among those renewing were Richard and Kathryn Hillier. Posing with the Hilliers is Sister Dorothy McLaughlin, who is Kathryn’s companion.
The 2009 Providence Associates: ROW 1: (left to right): Sister Diane Mason, Jenny Nowalk, Terry Broberg-Swangin, Yvonne Conniff, Debbie Prieto, Judy Barad; ROW 2: Elizabeth Good, Maureen Baca, Donna Gilmore, Cathy Keller, Kathleen Anne Morris; ROW 3: Sheila Dailey Donis, Debbie Griffey, Kathy Johnson, Susan Hall, Ruth Saalweachter, Melissa Pasko; and ROW 4: Ann McDonagh, Megan Quinlan, Anne Shupe-Scurry, Paul Beel, Nancy McClaskey, Judy Meyer, Mel Marino Wolff
Providence Associate Diane Weidenbenner and Providence Associate Board member Shawn Shamsaie goof around during a slow moment prior to the Rite of Commitment. Diane and Shawn, who are both staff members of the Congregation, served as greeters.
Elizabeth “Liz” Good signs her commitment certificate during the ceremony.
Coming all the way from the Boston area to participate in the Rite of Commitment at the Woods are two new associates, Elizabeth “Liz” Good (green top) and Megan Quinlan (far right). Sisters Claire Hanson (far left) and Jane Iannaccone accompanied Liz and Megan.
It’s never a Sisters of Providence event without refreshments, so after the Eucharistic Liturgy, everyone gathered in the auditorium of Owens Hall. Above, Debbie Prieto (second from right) enjoys the company of her companions and family. Her companions include Sister Mary Esther Lane (far left) and Sister Evelyn Ovalles (far right).
On Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, Debbie Griffey (center) was one of 23 Providence Candidate-Associates who made their first commitments with the Congregation. On the journey with Debbie are Sister Barbara Reder (left) and Providence Associate Marilyn Webb. During the Eucharistic Liturgy, Marilyn also renewed her commitment.
Will Kern renews his commitment as a Providence Associate on Nov. 7, 2009. His companion is Sister Charles Van Hoy.