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Educating toward healing with music

By William Hughes | January 13, 2016 |

“I wanted to find a career where I can get up in the morning and be excited about going to work,” Nate said. Now he is making history as one of the first on-campus male students at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College while he pursues his love for music and healing in the music therapy program.

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You help Providence in the Desert make a difference!

By Sister Carol Nolan | November 21, 2015 |

Imagine what it would be like coming to a new country, trying to make a better life for yourself and for your children. Imagine how difficult that would be if everyone around you spoke a language you did not know. Because of your support, Providence in the Desert enables a parent to speak confidently to her child’s teacher. A grandmother can understand what her doctor tells her about her health. A laborer can understand the people he works for, allowing him a better job.

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Retired teachers never quit; they just choose another course

By Rosie Blankenship | November 6, 2015 |

It’s probably not surprising that a former teacher finds it hard to quit teaching. Like many Sisters of Providence, Sister Patricia Geis has continued teaching as an English language tutor long after she could have called it quits in the working world.

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School Daze

By Sister Sue Paweski | October 23, 2015 |

‘Teaching is in my blood’

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Every day an adventure for Sister Betty Smigla

By Sister Tracey Horan | October 15, 2015 |

“It’s overwhelming that another human being from another county who is in need puts so much confidence in us. But that’s a blessing. I’m not a psychologist, I’m not a doctor, but I have a good gut. I build them up. They leave a little more energized, a little more peaceful, knowing at least someone was there to listen to them,” says Sister Betty Smigla of her ministry as a “compañera” to Spanish-speaking clients seeking help navigating complex social systems in Chicago.

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Learning English with Sister Carol Nolan

By Amy Miranda | September 14, 2015 |

For 30 years Rufina Martinez lived in the United States and spoke very little English. Each day was a struggle for the Mexican immigrant. Thanks to Sister Carol Nolan and Providence in the Desert, life is getting easier for Rufina.

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Former teacher influences a career in environmental law

By Rosemary Glass Spalding | April 26, 2015 |

When I took biology from sister she was still in the full habit, and I’ve recounted many times the vivid image I have of her rolling up her sleeves, hiking up her skirt and tucking it in to her waist (she looked like she had big pantaloons) so she could lead us up and down the creek bed to explore and take samples.

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Ecological pioneer teacher leaves lasting impression

By Sister Ann Casper | April 20, 2015 |

“[Sister Helen Jean] taught all of us … a way of thinking and living in a much bigger world than most of us had experienced before. Caring for each other, the earth and people we would never know was as normal as breathing to Sister Helen.” — Julia Boarini Conaghan, ’73

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Bittersweet news from Educational/Family Services

By Sisters of Providence | January 27, 2015 |

“The work that has been done at Educational Family Services has been very effective over the years and it has helped many people to further their goals in life. The work that has been done at EFS is something will live on in ways we will never know. We are grateful to all those who have given of their time and talent here. We are all blessed because of your generosity,” said Sister Patty Fillenwarth, president of the Guerin Outreach Ministries board of directors.

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Sister Barbara Sheehan receives Distinguished Service Award

By Jason Moon | November 21, 2014 |

Recognizing her outstanding service, The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) the North Central Region, recently honored Sister of Providence Sister Barbara Sheehan with its Distinguished Service Award. Sister Barbara received the award on Oct. 20. The Rev. Gary Sartain, ACPE North Central Regional Director, said the annual award is given to a “deserving recipient…

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Connecting with the sisters

By Jason Moon | October 17, 2014 |

Students at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) have opportunities to interact with the Sisters of Providence who founded the school and who share grounds at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

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Opening minds to greater worlds

By Sister Cathy Campbell | January 15, 2014 |

From assisting 5-year-olds to sharpen eye-hand coordination to administering a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) school to creating curriculum for a new doctoral program, Sister of Providence educators and their colleagues are integrating into their ministries newer technologies as they evolve.

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