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.
Live joyfully! Single, Catholic women ages 18-42 are invited to explore a fulfilling life as a Sister of Providence. All women and men of faith are invited to join the family of Providence as Providence Associates.
Providence Associate Maria Price of Louisville, Ky., welcomes a vanload of visitors to the 12th Annual Earth Day Celebration.
Sisters Mary Alice Zander (left) and Diane Mason smile for the photographer.
Spring retreat: Providence Candidate-Associate Beverly McGuire gives Sister Mary Alice Zander a hug at the end of the final prayer on Sunday morning.
Spring retreat: Sister Ann Sullivan, founding director of White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, speaks during her Saturday evening presentation. Sister Ann, who currently ministers as an assistant professor of psychology and theology at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, was the retreat speaker.
Providence Associates Rosaline Secrest (left) and Susan Weber help out at the Sisters of Providence bake sale booth during Earth Day.
Enjoying the beautiful sunshine during Earth Day are Providence Associates Kathleen Fleming, Beverly McGuire and Suzanne Kalinowski (left to right).
Spring retreat: Jeanette Hall (left) and Betty Lumpkin talk.
Spring retreat: During the last prayer on Sunday morning, Sister Mary Alice Zander beats a drum. In the background is Sister Diane Mason.
Spring retreat: Diann Neu (left) and Donna Watzke are deep in discussion.
Spring retreat: Cynthia MacWhorter, Gail Jones and Mary Weber (left to right) chat at a table.
Spring retreat: On Friday evening, the four elements of soil, fire, water and air were blessed. Above, Debbie Prieto contemplates a container of soil.
Spring retreat: Providence Associates gather in a circle on Sunday morning for the closing song.
On Saturday, April 17, 2010, many Providence Associates and Candidate-Associates attended the 12th Annual Earth Day Celebration at the Woods. Above, Providence Candidate-Associate Barbara Russell (red top) and Providence Associate Lenore Renier (green top) check out some items with an area vendor.
Spring retreat: on Friday evening, April 16, 2010, Beth Kyle, Judy Meyer and Debbie Prieto (left to right) get to know one another.
Spring retreat: the retreatants bless the four directions during a prayer on Sunday morning, April 18, 2010.
Annual meeting: three of the Dancing Queen singers at the social on Sunday, June 27, 2010, are (left to right) Providence Associates Sheila Donis, Sharon Medicis Michaud and Mel Wolff.
Annual meeting: During the social on June 27, 2010, Providence Associate Mary Weber (right) shares a moment with her companion, Sister Marceline Mattingly.
Annual meeting social: As part of the social on Sunday evening, June 27, 2010, a song, The Providential Scene — sung to the tune of Dancing Queen, was performed by four very talented Providence Associates. Above Diann Neu (left) and Sheila Donis strut their stuff to the music.
Annual meeting: on Sunday evening, June 27, 2010, Providence Associates hosted a social for sisters in Owens Dining Room. Above Providence Associate Connie Neeson (right) shares a chuckle with Sister Anita Bechert.
Annual meeting: Providence Associate Paul Beel is one of several associates who assisted with the music during the Eucharistic Liturgy on Monday, June 28, 2010. Here, Paul holds his bongo drums.
Renewal: On Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, Karen Rangel renewed her commitment as a Providence Associate. Above, she poses with three of her children (starting on stairs and proceeding right): Elias, Esteban and Emilio. To Karen’s right are Sister Mary Alice Zander; Sister Alexa Suelzer, Karen’s companion; and Sister Diane Mason, assistant director of Providence Associates.
Renewal: on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, Karen Rangel of Fort Worth, Texas, renewed her commitment as a Providence Associate in the chapel in Owens Hall. Here, Sister Mary Alice Zander, director of Providence Associates, joins the congregation in blessing Karen.
Renewal: on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, Karen Rangel of Fort Worth, Texas, renewed her commitment as a Providence Associate. Above, something or someone attracts the attention of Karen’s boys — Esteban, Emilio and Elias — during her blessing by the congregation.
Day of Reflection: Providence Associates Mel Wolff (left) and Lenore Renier get a chuckle out of someone’s comment.
Day of Reflection: several fishing poles are waiting to be used, but Sister Mary Alice Zander seems oblivious to them.
Day of Reflection: Sister Diane Mason takes a moment to prop up her feet on Aug. 14, 2010.
On Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, Providence Associates and Candidate-Associates in the Chicago area gathered at Paddock Lake, Wis., for a Day of Reflection. Those present include William Pouncy of Carol Stream, Ill., holding the sign; seated: Mary Kay Wagner, Green Bay, Wis.; Norene Jasinski, Batavia, Ill.; Beverly Adams, Chicago; Sue Thomas, Chicago; Providence Associate Director Sister Mary Alice Zander; and Sister Diane Mason, assistant director. Standing: Gene Majewski, Lombard, Ill., Barbara Russell, Twin Lakes, Wis.; Lenore Renier; Virginia Unverzagt, Terre Haute, Ind.; Marilyn Neuman, Arlington Heights, Ill.; Donna Kehoe, Chicago; and Mel Wolff, Chicago.
Virginia Unverzagt makes a point during a small group discussion during the Day of Reflection on Aug. 14, 2010.
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