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Honoring Sister James Michael Kesterson

By Sisters of Providence | October 31, 2012 |

Sister James Michael Kesterton received one of the three Career Achievement Awards from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis last night. From The Criterion: The measure of Sister James Michael’s life can also be taken in her remarkable career of 60 years in education, including 32 years as the principal of St. Jude School in Indianapolis. During…

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Cathleen Flynn: Students shouldn’t overlook opportunities

By Becky Igo | October 31, 2012 |

Cathleen Flynn began her senior year at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a more knowledgeable perspective about eco-justice and taking care of earth. That was due to her experience with the Sisters of Providence Volunteer Services program, which landed her at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. “I knew that there were volunteer opportunities…

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Student shines in the Desert

By Amy Miranda | August 8, 2012 |

Congratulations to Providence in the Desert student-turned-teacher Martha Langarica on being named Student of the Year and earning a certificate as a top achiever in her English language classes at the Adult School in Coachella, Calif. Seven years ago when Martha first met Sister Carol Nolan and her small band of sisters who serve the…

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Sisters with California’s Providence in the Desert offer English classes, friendship

By Amy Miranda | June 6, 2012 |

Martha Arrendondo is 46 years old and has been in the United States for 26 years. She works in the grape fields in and around the Coachella Valley in California. Right now she is looking for a better job, and she knows that improving her ability to speak English would help. Martha says she speaks…

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At Providence St. Mel, we believe …

By Sister Lisa Stallings | February 18, 2012 |

I recently had the opportunity to visit Providence St. Mel School (PSM) on Chicago’s West Side. If you’re not familiar with the school and the good work that goes on there, spend some time browsing the website to learn about the school. Better yet, view the 2009 documentary about PSM, “The Providence Effect.” I promise you’ll be…

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CARE program enchances students’ collegiate experience

By Becky Igo | January 30, 2012 |

If you are a college student and looking for a rewarding experience, the Sisters of Providence CARE Volunteer Program may be for you. Sister Rebecca Keller, coordinator of Sisters of Providence Volunteer Services program, said the  CARE Volunteer Program is designed not only to provide work experience in a field of interest, but will also…

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A beautiful time

By Christina Blust | January 15, 2012 |

This article first appeared in the winter 2012 issue of HOPE. They left Indiana in a snowstorm. A day later, Sisters Kathleen Therese O’Connor (RIP), Monica Withem (RIP) (formerly Sister Patricia Ann) and Agnes Veronica Hester (RIP) arrived in a sunny city a hemisphere away. It was March 1963, and the three missionary Sisters of…

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Dynamic Providence in the Desert founder celebrates 60 years as a religious Sister

By Amy Miranda | September 7, 2011 |

The trailer park residents at the east end of the Coachella Valley in Southern California are some of the poorest people in the United States. Mostly immigrant farm workers from Mexico, they are often marginalized and discriminated against for their lack of money, differing culture and inability to speak the English language. Enter a tiny,…

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PFS volunteer brings love for justice, education to her work

By Amy Miranda | September 6, 2011 |

Students and volunteer tutors who come to Providence Family Services in Chicago may recognize Sister Dorothy Gartland as the no-nonsense supervisor of the afterschool homework program. They are directly impacted by her dedication to increasing education levels of local youth. What they may not recognize is the wealth of history and advocacy she represents. The…

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A gadget-happy Sister

By Dave Cox | May 26, 2011 |

This article is reprinted from the summer 2011 issue of HOPE. Sister Joanne Golding is a self-proclaimed computer nut. So, she seems to be well connected in ministry as director of academic computing at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, even though she plans to retire at the end of the current semester. A lover of mathematics, she…

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Opening new doors

By Rosie Blankenship | May 26, 2011 |

This article is reprinted from the summer 2011 issue of HOPE. While the Sisters of Providence have a goal of “breaking boundaries, creating hope” in their work, it’s not often this gets to happen by opening a new school. But that’s what happened in 2007 when the Congregation sponsored Providence Cristo Rey High School in…

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“It’s important to help as many people as possible,” says Sister Dorothy Gartland; 80-year-old tutor still going strong

By Amy Miranda | July 16, 2010 |

Students and volunteer tutors who come to Providence Family Services in Chicago may recognize Sister Dorothy Gartland as the no-nonsense supervisor of the after-school homework program. They are directly impacted by her dedication to increasing education levels for local youth. What they may not recognize is the wealth of history and advocacy she represents. The…

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