Meet a Sister
In these video clips and stories, get to know some Sisters of Providence. Hear of their journeys to and with the Sisters of Providence.
Meet Sister Jenny Howard. A former biology teacher and coach and currently a member of the Sisters of Providence leadership team, Sister Jenny shares in these video and audio files about her life, family and her call to religious life as a Sister of Providence.
Get to know Sister Mary Mundy in these video clips as she tells about her ministry, the importance of prayer in her life, and what is means to her to be a part of the community of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.
All her life, Sister Editha Ben has been a risk taker, working to break boundaries in her own life and in society. From running away to join the convent, to being blacklisted by the Filipino government for teaching social justice, to transferring to the Sisters of Providence after more than 30 years in her former congregation, Sister Editha has proven herself willing to follow the Spirit’s lead even in the face of opposition.
Get to know Sister Dina Bato! In these video clips she shares some of her vocation story in coming to the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and some of what has brought her joy since.
A young Jeanne Hagelskamp was working as a teacher, dating a medical student and discerning what God wanted her to do with her life when one day she got her answer during prayer. Get to know Sister Jeanne Hagelskamp in these short video clips.
In these video clips, 29-year-old Sister Arrianne Whittaker talks about being a Sister of Providence. From her call to religious life, to what it was like entering a Congregation of women religious at age 25, to what it looks like to be a member of a family and a member of a religious order today. Sister Arrianne answers some of the questions you might have about becoming a Catholic sister today.
“I think what we do creates hope, because it gives them confidence in themselves. It gives them confidence that they can learn. They find out that they can learn the language, but they also find out that even when they make mistakes, they are learning, so it’s OK to keep trying,” says Sister Loretta Picucci of her ministry teaching English to immigrant farm workers at Providence in the Desert in California.
“Part of the reason I left was because I thought I could conquer the world without religious community. I thought I could do what I did in religious life as a person outside of religious community. Part of that was arrogance. Part of it was youth. Part of it was idealism.
Sister Marilu Covani talks about what it has been like to be a mother, grandmother and Sister of Providence.
“Looking at the things I closed the door on entering religious life — that was very difficult.” Sister Regina Gallo talks about giving up her dreams of becoming a wife and mother in order to become a Sisters of Providence.
Sister Mary Tomlinson, SP, was a divorced single mother working her way up the corporate ladder when she recognized God nudging her toward becoming a Catholic sister. Read her story, from how she told her college-age son she wanted to be nun and his reaction, to her life today as a religious sister and a grandmother.
“I think our most important task is to become more and more like Jesus, and in that way to spread that to others. And you can’t do that without being fed. And the Eucharist is one of my prime ways of getting that nourishment,” says Sister Barbara Reder who currently ministers as a pastoral associate at St. Malachy Parish in Brownsburg, Indiana.