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Providence Family Services

Providence Family Services’ Annual Rummage Sale Breaks Records

Posted on December 22, 2015 at 4:19 am by

Last year, Sister Patty Fillenwarth was quite pleased that the Providence Family Services annual rummage sale cracked $6,000 in proceeds. However, she couldn’t be happier with the results of this year’s sale, which took place at Maternity of the Blessed  Continue Reading »

Providence Family Services: support and welcome for the neighbor

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 8:00 am by

“Sister Patty gives me strength to go on. Life is hard and we all need each other,” said a counseling client at Providence Family Services in Chicago. Continue reading

Sister Patty talks love, mercy and justice

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 8:00 am by

“I tell people, if you get to know some of them personally, you might change your mind. If you hear their story …” says Sister Patty Fillenwarth. Continue reading

Sister Dorothy Gartland: neighborhood ministry making a difference

Posted on December 18, 2014 at 4:55 am by

Fifteen of the best years of my life as a Sister of Providence were spent working as program director/supervisor of the after school homework program at Providence Family Services (PFS). I’ve had a wonderful life and maybe I’m a bit nostalgic, but truly Providence Family Services was and is an important part of our West Humboldt Park neighborhood here in Chicago. Continue reading

Sisters Lucy and Mary Fran cook up a good time

Posted on September 27, 2014 at 2:03 am by

“We prepare about 30 pounds of meat. The pulled pork sandwiches are complemented by a great horseradish coleslaw which Sister Lucy takes pride in making.”

Sisters Lucy Nolan and Mary Fran Keusal lovingly feed the volunteers and shoppers at the annual Providence Family Services rummage sale, held this year Oct. 4-5 in Chicago. They share their experience and even their recipe here. Continue reading

Sisters of Providence ministry snapshot

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 3:06 pm by

A peek at Sisters of Providence ministries today. Continue reading

Frances Ginther: a partner in Providence

Posted on November 15, 2013 at 2:54 am by

This year’s Guerin Outreach Ministries Leadership and Advocacy Award winner Frances Ginther has a long association with the Sisters of Providence, one that helped to shape her life-long dedication to people in need. Continue reading

Counseling brings Providence Family Services client from darkness to light

Posted on July 9, 2013 at 3:19 am by

Help through counseling brings one woman’s life from darkness to light. Sister Patty Fillenwarth and her ministry at Providence Family Services in Chicago help real people who have nowhere else to turn to transform themselves. Continue reading

Sister Patty Fillenwarth

Posted on June 21, 2013

“To me it was sort of like coming home or something. It was not a scary thing, it just felt right,” Sister Patty Fillenwarth said of her call to religious life. Continue reading

Sister Patty pens a poem for Providence Family Services

Posted on October 29, 2012 at 5:15 am by

  Providence Family Services (PFS) in Chicago held its annual rummage sale Oct. 6 and 7. Sister Patty Fillenwarth, director of Providence Family Services and rummage sale coordinator, penned the poem below to thank the countless friends and supporters who  Continue Reading »

First-generation American gives back at Providence Family Services in Chicago

Posted on June 16, 2012 at 9:29 am by

Carla Hernandez is a first-generation American and a first generation college student. Growing up in a family that emigrated from Mexico and as a child of a single parent, Carla is keenly aware of the needs of immigrant families and  Continue Reading »

Sister Dorothy Gartland receives Guerin Outreach Ministries Leadership and Advocacy Award

Posted on October 27, 2011 at 9:44 am by

Congratulations to Sister Dorothy Gartland for receiving the third annual Guerin Outreach Ministries Leadership and Advocacy Award. “If you live long enough and continue to work, somebody will eventually give you an award,” laughed the ever-humble Sister Dorothy upon receiving  Continue Reading »

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