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Be with me in my searching: Sisters of Providence discernment prayer

God of hope and possibilities,
I am searching.

I have the energy and desire to work with others for the good of all others.
But how, when, where, with whom?

Why do I want to explore becoming a sister? It’s not what most women I know want to do. Am I strange for even thinking about it?

Do I want to explore becoming a Sister of Providence of Saint Mary of the Woods?  What draws me? Is this the desire of my heart? Is this the path the God of Providence has marked out for me?

Would I find happiness living in community? Living with women of different gifts, personalities, cultures, outlooks on life?

I have so many questions and so many feelings – both pro and con.

Please send me wisdom figures to help me sift through my questions and the feelings and wonderings I have.

Open my mind, my heart to the possibility that I am called to the life as a woman religious. Grant me courage as I continue this journey of questioning.

Be with me in my searching.


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Sister Denise Wilkinson

Sister Denise Wilkinson

Sister Denise was the general superior of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods from 2006-2016. She previously served as a high school teacher, college administrator, postulant/novice director and director of advancement and communications for the Congregation. Currently, Sister Denise serves the Congregation in various volunteer positions.

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