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Quietly breaking boundaries, creating hope

By Sister Janet Gilligan | January 13, 2021 |

Few would probably imagine Sister Suzanne running for public office, supervising an adult education program or traveling through South America on her last dollar.

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Journals and Letters Week 12: hardship and consolation

By Sister Ann Casper | December 26, 2020 |

The reading picks up after the fire at Saint Mary’s destroyed the barns and granary, other provisions and all the farm equipment.

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Ask Sister Dina: Tell me about the ‘Gibson Girls’

By Sister Dina Bato | December 20, 2020 |

The “Gibson Girls” were Sister James Maureen along with Sister Alice Jean and Sister Jane (who were also twins).

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Journals and Letters Week 10: First letters, bishop issues

By Amy Miranda | December 12, 2020 |

As she goes on, we get a feel for more of the distress coming the sisters’ way from the bishop. “So far there has been nothing but complaints about us,” she writes.

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‘Against All Odds’ – Sister Clare Mitchell, SP

By Sister Maureen Abbott | November 13, 2020 |

The necrology describes Sister Clare as a “gentle devoted religious, one very faithful to all her obligations. Many of the Sisters were very devoted to her, and this affection was noticeable even in their remembrance of her.”

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Journals and Letters week 5: the measure of the woman

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | November 7, 2020 |

Did the woman carry a yard stick? A surveyor’s measure? A folded up paper chart that converts leagues to miles, meters to inches or feet?

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Journals and Letters week 4: arrival on U.S. soil

By Sister Ann Casper | October 31, 2020 |

And then, as often happens in our darkest hours, the smallest of kindnesses can lift the spirits.

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“Journals and Letters” week 3: at sea in 1840

By Amy Miranda | October 25, 2020 |

I love the many instances where she studies and describes an animal for the reader. She tells of the whale’s massive head, as big as a house. The dark brown color of its back and how it spouts out water apparently by respiration as its jets are so regular.

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To Mother Theodore and companions

By Sister Thomas Jeanne Doriot | October 22, 2020 |

You look on us amazed, as women will
at daughters growing generations after
them. We are all this century knows
of any value in your venturing
into a wilderness where Christ was
waiting for you …

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“Journals and Letters” week 2: the voyage begins

By Mary Riley | October 18, 2020 |

The sea journey seems doomed from the moment they boarded. Thieves, seasickness and bad weather with the added addition of not speaking English and being on an “American” ship, all contribute to a wretched start.

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Join us in reading the “Journals and Letters” of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

By Mary Riley | October 11, 2020 |

To celebrate Mother Theodore’s life and many accomplishments that continue even today, we will be revisiting her own words by reading Journals and Letters over the course of a year. Each week we’ll read several pages and reacquaint ourselves with the woman who started it all. Won’t you join us?

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Elizabeth Kuo, beloved “Grandma Kuo” of the sisters in Asia

By Sister Janet Gilligan | September 24, 2020 |

In every stage of the sisters’ trials in China, Aunt (or Grandma as she was later called) Kuo was there, walking to the markets every day, sending meals to the sisters in house arrest, sleeping on a cot in the room where the sisters took their meals.

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Often, some of the most interesting pieces of history are lost in time. These inviting stories are drawn from the Sisters of Providence Archives and the memories of sisters and friends. They feature the many people and places instrumental in the Sisters of Providence history.

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