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Bring hope to life! Come and See weekend retreat

Posted on April 6, 2018

Bring Hope to Life
Come and See weekend retreat
April 6-8, 2018
Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana

The bond of friendship leads to lives as sisters

Posted on January 19, 2018 at 9:30 am by

“Before Anna and I were friends. Now we are family members of the Sisters of Providence, with a multi-year friendship base to help me live more freely in this family,” Teresa said.

The joy of a religious vocation

Posted on November 5, 2017 at 4:08 am by

This National Vocation Awareness Week, we thought what better way to make us all more aware of a religious vocation as a Sister of Providence than by showing it!

A mother’s prayer

Posted on September 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm by

Sister Dina’s mother Cynthia relates the story where she believes God spoke to her regarding her daughter’s vocation.

Preparing to bring God’s love, mercy and justice to the world

Posted on September 12, 2017 at 9:00 am by

“My mind and my heart have been stretched and made more pliable through the formation process. And I know that I am loved. And the fact that I am loved calls me to love as well,” Sister Dina Bato said.

Reflection for the reception of Sister Emily TeKolste into the novitiate

Posted on August 9, 2017 at 1:14 pm by

What experiences will you welcome to open the eyes of your soul? Will you give the Holy Spirit free access to your mind and your heart so that you will see things in new lights?

Fresh eyes on Sisters of Providence Annual Meeting

Posted on July 7, 2017 at 4:49 am by

Though specific forms have varied throughout the history of the Sisters of Providence, the annual coming together of all sisters has been an important tradition for the community. Last week, I got to participate in my first annual meeting.

Listening, loving, letting go: reflection for profession of vows

Posted on June 27, 2017 at 4:08 am by

“Obedience, chastity, poverty — listening, loving, letting go. These are set before you today in a deeper way. And to return to the scripture for today — God is with you every step of the way.”
Sister Dawn reflects at the vows ceremony for three Sisters of Providence.

One step at a time: Sister Dina on upcoming vows

Posted on June 21, 2017 at 4:11 am by

“From searching for my life’s purpose to finding passion and love. I know I could not have planned my life any better. I am reminded regularly to be open and teachable no matter who my teachers are. That every journey starts and continues, one step at a time. And that everything is gift.”
Sister Dina reflects on professing perpetual vows as a Sister of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

Go out and make a difference

Posted on June 8, 2017 at 5:10 am by

Being a sister doesn’t ensure my going to heaven or living a hurt-free or pain-free life. It does not give me prestige or pay a six-figure salary. On the contrary, I have no earthly idea where the pursuit will take me, but I am learning to trust in Providence. The Providence, which, our foundress Saint Mother Theodore reminds us, “has never failed us.” When I look at the person in the mirror, I like who I am becoming.

Holy and profane

Posted on May 31, 2017 at 4:51 am by

It’s not often that I spend time with my extended family in public. Sometimes, these interactions remind me how differently much of the world views Catholic sisters compared to my experience.
This weekend, I went to my cousin’s high school graduation party. Partway through the party, one of my uncles started asking me to bless him. Another made a comment about spending time with me to become holy by association.

Dear Discerner: live the questions now

Posted on May 8, 2017 at 4:12 am by

In my discernment process, Sister Tracey Horan would refer me to the quote of poet Rainer Maria Rilke: “Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps, then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”

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