The Sisters of Providence and Providence community were blessed to welcome 23 new Providence Associates during a Rite of First Commitment Liturgy on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in the Church of the Immaculate Conception at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Enjoy these photos from the day!
Read Sister Dawn Tomaszewski’s reflection from the day here. Learn more about Providence Associates here.
Providence Associates 2018. From bottom row, left: Richard Kennel, Kathryn Martin, Stephanie Downing, Ursula Penrose, Mary Ellen Wieland, Mary Lou Petrisko, Diane Gardner. Second row from left: Donna Liszewski, Sharon Woods, Nancy Olson, Starletta Schipp, Julie Mansard, Nancy Dannels, Sharon Rodriguez, Providence Associate Co-director Sister Susan Paweski. Back row from left: Providence Associate Co-Director Debbie Dillow, Elaine Osborne, Pearlette Springer, Kate Childs Graham, Sherrie Mansfield, Julia Lopez-Kaley, Carri O’Donnell, Adrienne Bates-Brown, Candace Minster. Not pictured, Kevin Buchanan.
The entrance procession
Sister Joan Slobig spent the year as the companion to Providence Associate Kathryn Martin
New Providence Associate Julia Lopez-Kaley leads song
Sharon Woods visits with two Providence Associate friends
Diane Gardner carries in the book of readings
Pearlette Springer, right, with her companion Providence Associate Lynda Parker
Richard Kennel during the commitment litrugy.
The new Providence Associates make their first commitment
Providence Associate Co-Directors Debbie Dillow and Sister Sue Paweski call the new Providence Associates forward
New Providence Associates make their commitments.
Providence Associate advisory board member Mel Marino Wolff passes out the Providence Associate pins
New Providence Associates are pinned by their companions, including Richard Kennel, front, pinned by Providence Associate Bill Hughes.
New Providence Associate Sharon Rodriguez receives a hug of congratulations from Sister Jane Iannaconne
New Providence Associate and their companions celebrate after officially becoming Providence Associates
Providence Associates and their companions come forward to present their commitment cards.
Those gathered bless the new Providence Associates
Blessing the new Providence Associates
The new Providence Associates gather at the altar for a blessing
Forty Providence Associates also renewed their commitments during the liturgy.
The gathered community joins hands to pray.
Sister Joan Kirkpatrick with Providence Associate Sherrie Mansfield
The sign of peace.
New Providence Associate Adrienne Bates-Brown distributes communion
Starletta Schipp joins in song during the ceremony
Sister Rosemary Borntrager with her former sixth grade student and new Providence Associate Nancy Dannels
Candace Minster chats with her companion Sister Ann Sullivan before the liturgy.
A full church!
New Providence Associate Carri O’Donnell and her companion Joan Townsend take a selfie before the liturgy.