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.
Sister Teresa (Hwei-Ru) Kang enters the Novitiate at a special ceremony held in the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Aug. 4, 2018. Enjoy these photos of this event and share them with family, friends and even a woman or two who may be considering religious life.
General Superior Sister Dawn Tomaszewski and Teresa Kang in the procession.
Sister Dawn and Teresa during the entrance procession
Sister Marsha Speth offers a warm welcome to everyone.
Sister Arrianne Whittaker reads
Sister Teresa Kang smiles during the ceremony
After singing Psalm 16, Sister Emily TeKolste reads from the Journals and Letters of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin.
Sister Dawn Tomaszewski gives a warm reflection to Teresa, the Congregation and Associates.
Sister Tracey Horan leads everyone in the processional hymn, “Lead Me, Lord.”
Teresa asks, “I ask God and your kindness to accept me into the novitiate of the Sisters of Providence to learn the charism of this community from God: love, mercy and justice, to be a true daughter of Saint Mother Theodore, to glorify our God in the world and become God’s merciful witness.”
Sister Teresa asks acceptance into the novitiate
It’s at the novitiate stage that a woman in formation adds “Sister” before her name. Sister Dawn blesses with holy water a plain, white and silver cross, and presents it to Sister Teresa Kang.
Sister Dawn hugs Sister Teresa
The Congregation responds, “We rejoice in the God of Providence who has called and loved you from before you were born …”
All those gathered pray for the new novice Sister Teresa Kang
Sisters Teresa Kang and Dawn Tomaszewski during the ceremony
Sisters Ann Margaret O’Hara and Mary Roger Madden
The procession begins at the back of the church, with General Superior Sister Dawn Tomaszewski and Teresa Kang at the back.
General Officer Sister Jenny Howard leads the prayers of praise and thanksgiving.
Sisters welcome Sister Teresa into the novitiate
Sister Janice Smith leads the final blessing.
Sister Kang prays during her entrance to the novitiate ceremony
Sister Joni Luna carries the cross in the procession
All sing, “Center of My Life.” From left, Vicar and General Officer Sister Lisa Stallings and Providence Associates Sarah Wilson and Traci Tucker.
The celebration of Teresa’s entrance into the Novitiate was such a joyful occasion for all of us. So much hope is present as each new member takes her place among. Thanks be to God and Teresa!
Teresa Kang is a most wonderful human being!
Teresa, we welcome you with open arms and praying hands! Enfold yourself in the sacred Novitiate experience.