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Reflections from Sister Denise

Sister Denise Wilkinson was the general superior of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, from 2006 to 2016. As a gifted writer and speaker, she is often called upon to share her reflections. These are some of her writings.

Shared roots: bonds that unite beyond culture, time and place

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

” I loved being the very place where Mother Theodore worshiped in her years of living in La Providence. To sit in this very simple chapel for hours refreshed and renewed me. There I experienced in a unique way the presence of Mother Theodore,” writes Sister Denise Wilkinson.

Everything about autumn can be spiritual

Posted on October 3, 2017 at 5:11 am by

Something spiritual is all around us.

If one lives in Indiana and in many places in the northern hemisphere, everything about autumn can be spiritual – spiritual in the sense of the possibilities presented to pull us into someone greater than ourselves, some mystery beautiful, intricate and inspiring.

Language barriers, smiles and unexpected gifts: Sister Denise Wilkinson reflects from France

Posted on April 13, 2017 at 4:34 am by

I am getting to know each sister by paying attention to her expressions, her voice, her walk, her greeting of others. I notice her desire to communicate with me and her frustration at not knowing English.
Most of all I notice smiles. I didn’t expect smiles as comfort, joy, wordless compassion. Right now that’s what they are for me and I hope for the sisters I encounter.

Celebrating Sister Joni as she professes first vows on June 26

Posted on June 28, 2016 at 4:25 pm by

Sister Joni Luna professes her first vows as a Sister of Providence on June 26, 2016, at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

Congratulations to the 2016 gold and silver Jubilarians

Posted on June 28, 2016 at 2:15 pm by

Sister Denise reflects on three Sisters of Providence celebrating 50 years with the Congregation and one sisters celebrating 25 years as a sister. “All four of you answer the call of Jesus to reach out, to touch those longing for a deeper friendship with the Holy One. You touch those who mourn and those meek persons hungering for what rightfully is theirs though they are pushed to the sidelines by would-be leaders.”

Dare to be merciful

Posted on April 13, 2016 at 6:00 am by

“You persistently encourage us to build not destroy, … to have mercy towards the one we see as least deserving or the one who has hurt us deeply and to love, love, love and love more.” Sister Denise Wilkinson dares us to look more deeply at mercy in our lives.

A reflection for Easter

Posted on March 23, 2016 at 5:30 am by

‘Staying positive. Pray for me.’

Reflection for Lent

Posted on February 10, 2016 at 5:30 am by

I wish you well in celebrating Lent in whatever way makes sense to you as a child of a loving God.

New Year Reflection 2016

Posted on January 4, 2016 at 8:42 am by

Happy New Year and a blessed 2016! Have you made your New Year’s resolution(s) yet? Do you ever? I never do and probably never will. Maybe because in our Catholic tradition there are so many new seasons – Ordinary time to Advent to Christmas to Lent to Easter and back to Ordinary time. Each new  Continue Reading »

Christmas Reflection 2015

Posted on December 15, 2015 at 1:10 pm by

Then I came upon a news story titled “Good Samaritan Rescues Mom at Airport.” This news story led me to the movie It’s A Wonderful Life featuring the angel Clarence Odbody. Those of us old enough to remember this film gained valuable life lessons by watching George Bailey struggling with doubt because of his lack of success in life.

2015 Senior Jubilee Reflection

Posted on December 9, 2015 at 9:16 am by

Twenty-One Sisters Celebrated Senior Jubilees Tuesday, Dec. 8


Posted on December 3, 2015 at 10:32 am by

The Sisters of Providence and our Providence Associates have a natural affinity for The Holy Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis. This Holy Year begins December 8, 2015 and ends November 20, 2016. Pope Francis states in his proclamation instituting this Holy Year: “I am convinced that the whole Church will find in this  Continue Reading »

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