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Founding the way: Saint Mother Theodore Guerin’s five companions

By Rosie Blankenship | October 14, 2014 |

The portraits below of our founding sisters are from a 1990 article by Sister Joseph Eleanor Ryan (RIP) in the former SP publication Community. We share the profiles of these sisters — each extraordinary in her own way — in celebration of all who devoted themselves to the work of Providence. These women were the roots of our tomorrow.

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Sister Mary Ligouri Tiercin : a founding Sister of Providence

By Rosie Blankenship | October 14, 2014 |

In the Sisters of Providence Mission Advancement office, Sister Liguori is a bit of a legend. She was the object of one of Mother Theodore’s funniest journal lines. During a storm on the Atlantic, Mother Theodore wrote:

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A legacy of hospitality

By Sister Ann Casper | October 14, 2014 |

Hospitality is a tradition the Sisters of Providence take to heart. Says one recent guest, “I soon found out that staying at Owens was like having 30 moms around me. I felt so safe, so accepted and secure. They even leave things at my bedroom door: a poem I might enjoy, a fresh-baked muffin, a cup of homemade soup, a book to read. They ask about my day.”

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Sister Barbara Ann Zeller: modern-day foundress

By Sister Cathy Campbell | October 14, 2014 |

“Here, it is always like a rolling horizon. Sister Barbara has a way of gathering people and empowering them to fly,” says Cindy Richards, chief operating officer and property manager for the residences for Providence Self-Sufficiency Ministries..

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A sketch of the first Academy

Sister Mary Xavier Lerée : a founding Sister of Providence

By Rosie Blankenship | October 14, 2014 |

Sister Mary Xavier was the last of the foundresses to die, after 57 years of quiet, mostly hidden service.

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Walking with the people from a position of influence: Sister Therese Guerin Sullivan

By Sister Cathy Campbell | July 16, 2014 |

Statistics from the National Association of Church Personnel (posted at in 2013) reported that: “About one-quarter of all diocesan chancellors are women. . . a position of considerable influence in many dioceses.”

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Cleveland bishop: value in women’s leadership

By Sister Cathy Campbell | July 16, 2014 |

“I value women in leadership roles because they share a desire to serve God and God’s people, and they bring different perspectives and aspects of human relationships to conversations and decision-making that enrich the whole process,” Bishop Lennon stated.

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Ministry in the marriage tribunal

By Sister Ann Casper | July 16, 2014 |

As the only woman reviewing cases in our tribunal, I feel I balance the male perspective. I am a good listener and feel that I relate to people with empathy. If a case is particularly difficult, I will put it aside for a while and reread it later. Often I have new insights in doing so that strengthen the case.

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Voices to prevent abuse: Sisters Cathy White and Cathy Campbell

By Amy Miranda | July 16, 2014 |

“That child has no voice, and I have a pretty big one,” Sister Cathy White said. “I continue in this ministry because I feel I can have a voice for the voiceless.”

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Outreach through liturgy: Sister Jeremy Gallet

By Jason Moon | July 16, 2014 |

From a very musical family, Sister Jeremy has always been involved with music. She started as a music teacher and eventually moved on to serve as a music minister at several parishes. She plays piano, guitar and has sung in choirs since age 8.

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Steadfast in her calling: Sister Mary Ann DeFazio

By Rosie Blankenship | July 16, 2014 |

“Where else is church? This is where the church is,” she said. Living and building a community with the people,” she said, is “like we are figuring out where we are as God’s people. … We learn faith by living it as much as possible.”

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A companion in the dying and rising of daily life: Sister Jane Iannaccone

By Sister Jane Iannaccone | July 15, 2014 |

Often in my daily encounters, people are experiencing great sorrow and pain. I cannot take their pain away. However, I can be a supportive caring presence. I am willing to stay with them in their pain. I hope that through me they will experience the face of God and this will enable them to put their trust in a loving merciful God. I am mirroring for them and they to me, a God who journeys with us through our pain and suffering.

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Here you will find wonderful content from the Sisters of Providence. The articles here all appeared in HOPE magazine. The Sisters of Providence publish HOPE three times a year to share the mission, spirituality and ministries of the Sisters of Providence. Enjoy!

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