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Guerin Outreach Ministries

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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A look back at Educational/Family Services

By Amy Miranda | January 26, 2015 |
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Providence Family Services: support and welcome for the neighbor

By Amy Miranda | January 14, 2015 |

“Sister Patty gives me strength to go on. Life is hard and we all need each other,” said a counseling client at Providence Family Services in Chicago.

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Sister Patty talks love, mercy and justice

By Amy Miranda | January 14, 2015 |

“I tell people, if you get to know some of them personally, you might change your mind. If you hear their story …” says Sister Patty Fillenwarth.

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Sister Dorothy Gartland: neighborhood ministry making a difference

By Sister Dorothy Gartland | December 18, 2014 |

Fifteen of the best years of my life as a Sister of Providence were spent working as program director/supervisor of the after school homework program at Providence Family Services (PFS). I’ve had a wonderful life and maybe I’m a bit nostalgic, but truly Providence Family Services was and is an important part of our West Humboldt Park neighborhood here in Chicago.

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Guerin Outreach Ministries honors Burrtec Waste Industries

By Jason Moon | October 17, 2014 | Comments Off on Guerin Outreach Ministries honors Burrtec Waste Industries

In 2010 Burrtec Waste Industries partnered with Providence in the Desert, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, to help provide an educational opportunity for Martha…

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Sisters Lucy and Mary Fran cook up a good time

By Amy Miranda | September 27, 2014 |

“We prepare about 30 pounds of meat. The pulled pork sandwiches are complemented by a great horseradish coleslaw which Sister Lucy takes pride in making.”

Sisters Lucy Nolan and Mary Fran Keusal lovingly feed the volunteers and shoppers at the annual Providence Family Services rummage sale, held this year Oct. 4-5 in Chicago. They share their experience and even their recipe here.

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Lessons from an Ant

By Sister Carol Nolan | September 24, 2014 |

Surely, as becomes increasingly clear, if everything in the universe emerged from one burst of energy, our connectedness is truly radical.

The ants and the elephants, the trees and the mountains, the first person stepping off the Mayflower and the latest undocumented immigrant: we are all intrinsically part of one another.

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Sisters of Providence ministry snapshot

By Amy Miranda | July 14, 2014 |

A peek at Sisters of Providence ministries today.

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One year later: Drisko makes strides

By Jason Moon | April 25, 2014 | Comments Off on One year later: Drisko makes strides

For more information on Educational Family Services, contact Sister Rebecca Keller at 812-535-2878 or email

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Sister Mary Tomlinson: life changing experience from a Sisters of Providence Come and See weekend

By Amy Miranda | March 30, 2014 |

In this video clip, Sister of Providence Mary Tomlinson shares her experience at a Sister of Providence Come and See weekend, which proved life changing in her decision to enter the Congregation. Watch the clip, share the clip, and consider attending or recommending to someone you love the upcoming free Come and See weekend April 11-13 at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

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Frances Ginther: a partner in Providence

By Amy Miranda | November 15, 2013 |

This year’s Guerin Outreach Ministries Leadership and Advocacy Award winner Frances Ginther has a long association with the Sisters of Providence, one that helped to shape her life-long dedication to people in need.

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