The Sisters of Providence joined St. Joseph Catholic Church in celebrating their 175th anniversary of the first mission school began by Saint Mother Theodore Guerin in Jasper, Indiana, in 1842, by attending a day of festivities which included the blessing/dedication of a new Mother Theodore statue with two children. Read Sister Dawn Tomaszewski’s most recent reflection regarding the celebration here.
Providence Associate Sandra Hartlieb in “contemporary” clothes, after her dramatic portrayal of Mother Theodore. Photo: PA Marilyn Rausch.
People found a warm reception in Kundek Hall, after the blessing. Photo: PA Marilyn Rausch.
A bountiful reception follows the statue dedication. Photo: PA Marilyn Rausch.
Sculptor Nick Ring says of the statue, “… the young boy gestures towards her (Mother Theodore), trusting in her love. The young girl, coming of age, represents the principles, knowledge and virtues instilled in her through St. Theodore’s strong faith and teaching. With these principles intact, the young adult confidently enters into the world. Saint Mother Theodore faithfully and confidently releases her, trusting her.”
Sculptor and Jasper native Nick Ring, feels right at home, having worked on the statue for over a year. The two children are said to be fashioned on his own children.
All Sisters of Providence present joined around the statue at the end of the blessing. They then sang “Our Lady of Providence” in perfect harmony, warming and delighting the crowd. What a special time!
Sisters Mary Ann Lechner, Jasper native, (left), and Carolyn Bouchard (now director of the Healing Ministry at St. Joseph’s parish), welcome the statue’s presence in Jasper.
Sister Mary Montgomery (center) takes a photo of General Superior Sister Dawn Tomaszewski, venerating the statue of Mother Theodore. Notice that both are wearing their Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College rings, bringing to mind the first academy started in Indiana by Mother Theodore.
After the blessing, the Sisters of Providence were asked to gather around the statue for a group photo.
After the blessing, the Sisters of Providence were asked to gather around the statue for a group photo, and their first up-close-and-personal experience. Many commented on the beautiful detail of Mother Theodore and the children.
Associates and others braved the chilly weather to document the occasion with live video.
Incense is included during the blessing and dedication.
Nick and Christine Ring are the talent behind the beautiful bronze statues of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and two children. They own Ring Studio and have become known for creating quality art for many in the U.S. They have four children and were members of St. Joseph parish until 2012 when they moved to South Carolina.
Photo: PA Marilyn Rausch
Bishop Charles Thompson joined Pastor Ray Brenner to bless and dedicate the statue. The weather was chilly but it didn’t dampen people’s spirits. The beautifully crafted statue was very well received!
Many Knights of Columbus were present to make the day extra special. From greeting people at the door, to accompanying Sisters of Providence to their seats in the church, to helping to unveil the statue, their presence was inspiring.
Beautiful St. Joseph Catholic Church was filled with parishioners, visitors and many Sisters of Providence.
Bishop Charles Thompson gives the homily to a full church.
Vicar/General Officer Sister Lisa Stallings also participated in the readings during the mass.
Sister Carolyn Bouchard reads at the celebratory mass.
Most Reverend Bishop Charles C. Thompson, D.D., JCL, of Evansville (center), joined Very Reverend Raymond A. Brenner, pastor of Saint Joseph Catholic Church, along with many others, to preside over the mass.
A banner of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin was presented at the front of the church and placed at the left of the alter.
Many Providence Associates and their spouses attended the 175th anniversary celebration as well.
Most Reverend Bishop Charles C. Thompson, D.D., JCL, of Evansville, talks before the mass with General Officer Sister Mary Beth Klingel (Jasper native), and General Superior Sister Dawn Tomaszewski (right). Photo: PA Marilyn Rausch.
Sisters waiting for the Eucharistic Liturgy to begin at St. Joseph Catholic Church Saturday afternoon, during the 175th anniversary celebration.
Providence Associate Jane Fischer (left) and Providence Associate Assistant Director Debbie Dillow help a man purchase his own copy of Mother Theodore’s Journals and Letters after the play. Photo: Providence Associate Marilyn Rausch.
Sandra Hartlieb’s sister, Nora Pritchett, joined her on stage for several dance scenes accompanied by contemporary music, adding to the play.
Following the welcome to everyone, Providence Associate Sandra Hartlieb gives a dramatic portrayal of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, using quotes from Mother Theodore’s Journals and Letters. The hour-long presentation entitled “In Her Own Words” also included music and dance performed by Sandra’s sister.
Sisters of Providence traveled from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, for the 175th anniversary celebration. They filled the first reserved row, during the opening festivities. Many sisters present are also natives of Jasper.
Sisters were honored with a corsage, reserved seating and complimentary remarks during the welcome. Sister Carolyn Bouchard, who is the director of the healing ministry at St. Joseph’s Parish, is left. At center is General Superior Sister Dawn Tomaszewski, Vicar Sister Lisa Stallings and General Officers Sister Jeanne Hagelskamp and Sister Mary Beth Klingel (a Jasper native).
St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Center held several of the planned festivities during the 175th anniversary celebration of the opening of the first mission school by the Sisters of Providence, Saint Joseph School, in Jasper, Indiana.