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Providence Associates

Celebrating our many foundations this Foundation Day

By Sister Sue Paweski | October 22, 2022 |

The founding sisters arrived at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods late in the evening on Oct. 22, 1840. They were expecting a convent and a school. Instead they found a dense woods with no buildings in sight. There had been a storm that lasted 36 hours the previous days. The sisters arrived in damp clothes, hungry and tired.

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Saint Mother Theodore: a humble servant of God

By Marilyn Rausch | October 21, 2022 |

Sister St. Theodore, her given name as a Sister of Providence, accepted with humility her assignments. Even so when they were difficult, providentially acquiring new knowledge along the way that would benefit her in God’s plans for her future.

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A reflection for the Providence Associate Commitment Ceremony

By Sister Dawn Tomaszewski | October 10, 2022 |

‘Go forth, Providence Associates, into the world to form community and to minister.’

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Back to school: A teacher’s perspective

By Sheila Galvin | July 28, 2022 |

Don’t believe anyone who tells you there is no prayer in public school! This teacher is praying all the time!

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Sisters recognize benefactors at dinner

By Jason Moon | June 21, 2022 |

“We believe we have a bright future because of the women who have joined us and dedicated themselves to being God’s Providence in our world.”

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The reunion: a reflection for Father’s Day

By Marvin D McCurry | June 19, 2022 |

We are created in the likeness and image of God who is like a Father.

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Twenty-five discoveries at The Woods

By Suzie Ray | June 16, 2022 |

Providence Associates Suzie Ray and Jane Fischer share 25 things they discovered while volunteering at The Woods earlier this month.

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A journey of Providence on Chicago’s westside

By Sister Joseph Ellen Keitzer | May 13, 2022 |

My journey in pastoral ministry has been very transforming for me. I have had the privilege and opportunity of stepping inside another race, culture and hearts. I am truly blessed.

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Music, nature, environmental justice all part of young Providence Associate’s call

By Holly Herber | May 12, 2022 |

I desired to be part of a community that serves in environmental and social justice. Inner stillness, creativity, combined with social action, is a walk I feel called to.

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Sister Joseph Ellen Keitzer: Blessed by the African American Catholic Community

By Amy Miranda | May 12, 2022 |

t’s been a wonderful journey. I love the people. I’ve been so blessed by the African American community. Having shared their story, their faith, their dependence on God, my own journey as a Sister of Providence has been really transformed.”

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Prayer poem: heaviness of war

By A. Rodriguez | May 12, 2022 |

what will the world turn into now when we no longer protect the weak
what can i do when i am so far away and my voice is meaningless to those with the guns …
and i am not strong enough physically to fight them
what will be left when the fighting stops

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Walking through an experience of resurrection

By Charles J. Fisher | May 1, 2022 |

The life after death is different from the here and now. What about our seeing or sensing a Loved One after their death? Can we understand that the dead live but not in the same way as the here and now?

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