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Sister Grace Stewart

By Sisters of Providence | February 18, 2008 |

Editor’s note: Sister Grace died Sept. 1, 2010. Sister Grace Stewart glanced at the wall, noticing it was 11:24 a.m. “It is about time to go to church,” she said. “If I go now, I can just make it.” She began to ease herself from her chair, reaching for her walker. She made her way…

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Sister Barbara Doherty

By Sisters of Providence | November 18, 2007 |

Little did Barbara Doherty know she was etching the beginning of a career path when she arranged those chairs into a temporary classroom at her grandmother’s home each Sunday. She was the oldest grandchild in the family, and she would gather her cousins together to teach them. “I don’t know what I tried to teach…

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Sister Alice Louise Potts

By Sisters of Providence | September 18, 2007 |

Editor’s note: Sister Alice Louise died March 8, 2012, having lived 69 years as a Sister of Providence. Part of Sister Alice Louise Potts’ prayer time each day is spent at the shrine of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin in the Church of the Immaculate Conception at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She thanks Saint Mother Theodore, whose remains…

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Sister Denise Wilkinson

By Sisters of Providence | June 20, 2007 |

The evolution of Sister Denise Wilkinson’s life led her quite naturally to joining the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She grew up in Chicago, part of a close-knit, God-worshipping Catholic family. She attended Catholic schools, and by the time she was at Marywood in Evanston for her high school years, she knew where she…

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Sister Rose Ann Eaton

By Sisters of Providence | April 20, 2007 |

Sister Rose Ann Eaton chuckles when she says her life has not followed the path she had in mind. From an early age, she had an idea that she might want to become a woman religious. But her mother suggested that she wait, get her education, and then see if the idea was still with…

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Sister Bernice Kuper

By Sisters of Providence | February 20, 2007 |

Editor’s note: Sister Bernice died Nov. 26, 2013, at age 91. Sister Bernice Kuper has been a first-hand witness to many dramatic changes that have impacted vocation, formation and spiritual life for herself, scores of individuals and the Catholic Church. Most of Sister Bernice’s ministerial life has been devoted to assisting others who have questions…

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Sister Helen Vinton

By Sisters of Providence | November 20, 2006 |

How many times might you have heard, “I guess it was Providence, but I didn’t know it at the time?” Sister Helen Vinton might be a textbook example. She grew up on a western Nebraska ranch where everyone had to do everything. The “cando” spirit prevailed in her family, as it does in most rural…

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Sister Jeanette Marie Lucinio

By Sisters of Providence | October 30, 2006 |

No telling what spark one nice, well-intentioned smile might kindle in the human spirit. Just ask Sister Jeanette Lucinio what one smile did for her. “I was first attracted to the Sisters of Providence when I saw them at Mass in my home parish of St. Francis Xavier in Wilmette (Ill.), I was attracted because…

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Sister Paula Modaff

By Sisters of Providence | September 1, 2006 |

“Little Paula Modaff in Rome.” Sister Paula Modaff the high school teacher. Sister Paula Modaff the student, studying Spanish and Latin American Literature in Mexico. Sister Paula Modaff the paralegal. Sister Paula Modaff the canon lawyer. Sister Paula Modaff the hospital chaplain. When she entered the Sisters of Providence 47 years ago, her mother found…

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Sister Barbara Zeller

By Sisters of Providence | July 30, 2006 |

Sister Barbara Ann Zeller describes herself as innately shy. In her younger years, she said she was a loner. She used to have a penchant for running away from some of life’s pressures, particularly youthful peer pressure. But her accomplishments and commitment to her ministries indicate otherwise. She is the director of Providence Self Sufficiency…

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Sister Susan Paweski

By Sisters of Providence | June 7, 2006 |

I announced to my family that I wanted to be a Sister of Providence after my second day in first grade. The year was 1956. August 14, 2005, I professed Perpetual Vows as a Sister of Providence before our Congregation and many of my family and friends, some of whom remember when I traipsed around…

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Sister Ann Margaret O’Hara

By Sisters of Providence | June 6, 2006 |

Sister Ann Margaret O’Hara’s five-year term as general superior of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods is moving toward its end. She has been in a leadership position for most of her 51 years as a Sister of Providence, giving her somewhat of a unique perspective on vowed religious life. She likes to embrace…

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