Providence in the Desert
Before discerning a focus, sisters and associates gave input on their priorities. Six key justice issues emerged: environment, human trafficking, immigration and refugees, anti-racism, women’s issues and nonviolence. Still … there was a clear desire for focus. Continue reading
Imagine what it would be like coming to a new country, trying to make a better life for yourself and for your children. Imagine how difficult that would be if everyone around you spoke a language you did not know. Because of your support, Providence in the Desert enables a parent to speak confidently to her child’s teacher. A grandmother can understand what her doctor tells her about her health. A laborer can understand the people he works for, allowing him a better job. Continue reading
“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. Continue reading
Providence in the Desert is about a lot more than teaching.
It’s about presence. It’s about caring. It’s about love and compassion.
It’s about calling a student during your down time in the middle of the day to quiz her on what she will need to know for her upcoming U.S. citizenship exam. Continue reading
Surely, as becomes increasingly clear, if everything in the universe emerged from one burst of energy, our connectedness is truly radical.
The ants and the elephants, the trees and the mountains, the first person stepping off the Mayflower and the latest undocumented immigrant: we are all intrinsically part of one another. Continue reading
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College alum Kathy Wentland Lubeznik shares her recent experience visiting Sisters Carol Nolan and Loretta Picucci in their ministry at Providence in the Desert. The sisters and their loyal team of volunteers and teachers bring English-language instruction and a chance for a better future to some of the economically poorest residents of the United States who are living in and around Coachella, Calif. Continue reading