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Reflections from Sister Dawn

A Reflection for the Providence Associates commitment and renewal

By Sister Dawn Tomaszewski | November 12, 2018 |

There is nothing more important, more radical, more necessary than community

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Reflections for Foundation Day — Oct. 22, 2018

By Sister Dawn Tomaszewski | October 22, 2018 |

“This is our inheritance — that on an October day in 1840 — six women entered a log cabin chapel and life was never again the same.”

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Feast of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, 2018 reflection

By Sister Dawn Tomaszewski | October 3, 2018 |

It was about 9:30 p.m. on one of the nights leading up to the opening of the new shrine of Saint Mother Theodore back in October of 2014. I went looking for Father Mark Joseph Costello, who was putting the finishing touches on one of the display cases in the shrine. I wanted to nudge…

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Reflections for Reception into the Novitiate

By Sister Dawn Tomaszewski | August 7, 2018 |

As a community, we pray that you will continue to be open to the designs of Providence for your life

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Reflecting on our Annual Meeting

By Sister Dawn Tomaszewski | July 21, 2018 |

The Annual Meeting is an excellent time and space to touch into those Chapter commitments

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Reflections from the 2018 Golden/Silver Jubilee Celebration

By Sister Dawn Tomaszewski | July 3, 2018 |

Obedience in this day may mean to speak publicly about the ills of our society, to cast down the mighty from their thrones and lift up the lowly, to give the hungry good things and send the rich away empty-handed. To stand, as our Pope Francis suggests over and over again, with those on the margins. And if we are going to stand on the margins, we may have to move, to leave behind all that has become familiar and comfortable for the sake of the reign of God.

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Reflections for the local Golden Jubilee celebration

By Sister Dawn Tomaszewski | May 24, 2018 |

Each of you set forth on a path you thought was marked out by Providence.

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Easter 2018 reflection

By Sister Dawn Tomaszewski | March 28, 2018 |

For so many Easters of my young life, my siblings and I (and our cousins who lived in the apartment above us) would discover sunglasses in each of our Easter baskets. Seldom were these ordinary, boring sunglasses. They were bright-colored, novelty glasses. Typically, some ornate figure or image (flowers or cowboy boots for the boys)…

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Transformed and transferred: reflection for the transfer of vows of Sister My Huong Pham

By Sister Dawn Tomaszewski | February 28, 2018 |

So, though we celebrate My Huong’s transfer of vows today, her transformation in Providence, I urge all of us to see this occasion as an invitation from God to change ourselves … to allow ourselves, through God’s strength and grace, to be transfigured, to take the opportunity to change what we ought to change but have not.

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All of life is one holy family (New Year’s, 2018)

By Sister Dawn Tomaszewski | December 31, 2017 |

In the Catholic Church world this New Year’s Eve we will celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. This coincidence of the Feast of the Holy Family and New Year’s Eve got me thinking about my notions of family and what constitutes both family and holiness these days. Is there a New Year’s Resolution to…

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Providence people: a reflection for Providence Associate rite of first commitment

By Sister Dawn Tomaszewski | November 18, 2017 |

Let’s abide in being Sisters of Providence and Providence Associates during the coming year and cultivate the union among us by:
So loving our neighbor that we foster community and communion wherever we go.
So showing mercy that we engender hope wherever we go.
So doing justice that our actions and advocacy lead to change and reduce the violence and hatred in our world.
The world does need us for this. And what a sweet and powerful Providence that would be.

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2017 Saint Mother Theodore Guerin Feast Day reflection

By Sister Dawn Tomaszewski | October 4, 2017 |

Happy Feast! I think Mother Theodore might agree that the best part of her being declared a saint is the opportunity it has given us as her beloved community to come together to pray, to sing, to enjoy each other’s presence, to be in communion with one another, to recommit ourselves to carrying on her…

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Sister Dawn Tomaszewski is the general superior of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. These are some of her writings.

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