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Celebrating our sisters 90 and over

On Sept. 23, 2020, we celebrated 35 Sisters of Providence who are age 90 or older. With social distancing and celebrations separated into three locations, the party still went on. Sister guests watched via livestream and joined in prayer, reflection and poetry reading. Here’s to all our 90+-year-old “butterflies.”

Sisters Celebrating 90+ years in 2020 are:
Sister Marceline Mattingly (105 in November), Sister Mary Roger Madden (100 in December), Sister Annette Schipp (98), Sister Agnes Eugene Cordak (95), Sister Martha Ann Rifner (95), Sister Mary Patricia Cummings (95), Sister Mildred Giesler (95 in October), Sister Adele Beacham (94), Sister Florence Norton (94), Sister Rita Clare Gerardot (94), Sister Marian Brady (93), Sister Mary Lois Hennel (93), Sister Lois Ann Stoiber (93), Sister Laurette Bellamy (93), Sister Winifred Mary Sullivan (93 in October), Sister Laurine Haley (93 in November), Sister Mary Mark Dede (92), Sister Joanne Cullins (92), Sister Joan Matthews (92), Sister Regis McNulty (92), Sister James Michael Kesterson (92 in November), Sister Mary Ann Lechner (91). Sister Joyce Brophy (91), Sister Lucille Nolan (91), Sister Jane Michael Dwyer (91), Sister Suzanne Buthod (91 in October), Sister Dorothy Gartland (91 in October), Sister Charles Van Hoy (91 in November), Sister Joan Mary Schaefer (90), Sister Agnes Maureen Badura (90), Sister Rita Ann Wade (90), Sister Rosemary Eyler (90), Sister Emily Walsh (90), Sister Grace Marie Meehan (90 in November).

 

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Amy Miranda

Amy Miranda is a Providence Associate of the Sisters of Providence and a staff member in their Mission Advancement office. Amy is a 1998 graduate of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. She currently manages the SP publication HOPE and works on marketing support for Providence Associates, new membership and Saint Mother Theodore Guerin.

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7 Comments

  1. Rosaline Secrest PA on September 26, 2020 at 9:37 am

    What wonderful photos of so many of our beautiful 90s sisters! It is such a gift to be able to see so many dear friends in these photos, friends we have not seen in person since March. Thank you, Amy, for once again providing such perfect photos of these lovely women, Sisters of Providence in their 90s and more!
    Happy 90s+ , Dear Friends!

  2. Ann Mooney on September 26, 2020 at 10:37 am

    i WISH EACH OF THESE SPECIAL WOMEN A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND MAY MANY BLESSINGS BE WITH THEM!I
    I know so many of them. As a former Sister of Providence (Sister Angelene), I knew Sister Joan Mary and Sister Rita Clare and Sister Grace Marie very well. You all look wonderful. I miss coming to visit everyone and seeing the beautiful Woods! We had mutual friends with dear Sister Rosella (RIP) and Sister Catherine Sienna (RIP). . I’m sending them a warm hug and birthday wishes! Everyone stay safe!!

  3. Linus Mundy on September 26, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    Look at these faces! Here are people who have positively affected so many in so many ways and for so long. And that beautiful work continues!

  4. Sharon R. Boyle, Chair of SMWC Music and Theatre Dept on September 29, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    Happy Birthday to each Sister! The SMWC Music and Theatre Department staff, faculty, and students miss each if you!

  5. Joann Van Horn Wieland on September 30, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! One and all! And thank you for all you have done for those you served!! 🎈👏🏻🎂🎉💐😘

  6. Bev Serbousek on October 1, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    Sister Joanne Cullens taught me in the 5th and 6th grade at St Paul’s in Sellersburg. I’ve kept in touch with her on and off throughout the years. She is beyond delightful. I’m sending her my love. Happy Burthday, Tim !!

    I worked with Sister Dorothy Gartland (Dorth) at the 8th Day Center for Justice in Chicago. Dorth taught me more about being a good person in the months I worked with her than anyone else in my life. I treasure her friendship

  7. Nancy Vandenbergh Kremer on October 4, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    Through Providence my family has had the distinct pleasure and joy of friendship with the Sisters for four generations! The SPs have been to our family celebrations: weddings, wedding anniversaries, birthdays, and offered comfort and prayer through several funerals.
    Personally knowing the Sisters in high school, at the College, and in my parish life experience has been a source of great enrichment and spiritual growth through these many years.
    Our lives and faith would not be the same without their presence and heartfelt prayers.
    For those many wonderful friendships and to all the 90+ year butterflies, may they know of my gratitude, prayers and love.

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