The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods are a community of vowed Catholic women religious. Inspired by our foundress Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, we are passionate about our lives of prayer, education, service and advocacy.
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Historical photos of past Sisters of Providence ministries.
With the help of Sister Francis Eugene Bussing, students display their work at St. Teresa of Avila School, Los Angeles, in the early 1980s.
Beginning in the late 1970s, taking blood pressures was part of Sister Margaret Jean Karier’s daily routine for many years.
Sister Lourdes Kline and students critique French translations in the 1970s at Dunblane School, Washington, D.C.
Sister Monica Withem in Peru, South America, works with children during her ministry there from 1963 to 1976.
Sister Immaculata Howard advises journalism students as they prepare the 1962 Marywood, Evanston, Ill., yearbook.
In the mid 1960s, a llama waits patiently for Sister Kathleen Therese O’Connor in Arequipa, Peru.
In 1962, Marywood, Evanston, Ill., students pay rapt attention to their science experiment under the watchful eye of Sister (Ann) Carolyn Kessler.
SPs visit children in a barrio in Peru in the 1960s.
Students at Dunblane School in Washington, D.C., in the 1960s greet their teacher, Sister Eileen Ann Kelley, at the start of another day.
Sister Mary Michael Lager, a registered pharmacist for nearly 40 years, dispensed medicine beginning in 1953.
SP musicians in the 1950s were always ready to celebrate.
In the mid 1940s, Sister Mary Louise Hafferty gets an eager response from her students at St. Rose School in Chelsea, Mass.
Young students in 1942 learn to relish reading in the library at St. Ann School, Washington, D.C.
Looking alert for the camera are these primary pupils at St. Bridget School, Indianapolis, in the 1940s.
The SP orchestra performs for a feast day program in the 1940s.
In the 1940s, Mother Marie Gratia Luking (on left) and Sister Ann Colette Wolf (on right) travel Chinese style.
At the 20th reunion in 1935, Sister Mary Bernadette Steffens poses with the Rev. Daniel Lenehan and her classmates, the first graduates of Cheverus High School in Malden, Mass.
Members of the Catholic Students Mission Crusade at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Academy save stamps in the 1920s for the Sisters of Providence Chinese mission.
In 1910, a future Sister of Providence, Sister Ann Berchmans Taylor (standing next to the radiator with two bows in her hair), poses with her first grade classmates at St. Patrick School, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Sisters minister at St. Columbkille Day Care, Chicago, during the early 1900s.
Students from “old Academy days” at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods pose in Foley Hall study hall in the early 1900s.
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