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Grandma’s rituals: Holy Week & Easter 2013

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | March 21, 2013 |

I approach the assignment of writing a reflection for Easter with more than a little trepidation. The resurrection of Jesus is the key mystery of our faith; it is the…

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Love’s faithfulness: Ash Wednesday & Valentine’s Day 2013

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | February 11, 2013 |

The proximity in dates of Chinese New Year, Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day has caused challenges in both my “employments” within our local community of Corbe House and in my…

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Coming of age with Vatican II

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | January 7, 2013 |

On Sept. 12, 1963, the Sisters of Providence welcomed 58 of us as postulants. We arrived with a small black suitcase and a foot locker filled with a variety of…

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Mary, our companion: New Year’s 2013

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | December 27, 2012 |

When we gather for Eucharistic liturgy on January 1, we will celebrate the feast of Mary, the Mother of God. How appropriate to keep her in our view as we begin…

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Light the candles! Christmas 2012

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | December 20, 2012 |

Like a dull ache, memory of the massacre of the children and adults of Sandy Hook School accompanies me everywhere and all the time these days. It’s one of those…

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Senior jubilarians – 80 years and counting

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | December 12, 2012 |

Editor’s note: Reflection from Sister Denise Wilkinson, general superior, given on Dec. 8 during Eucharistic Liturgy to sisters, associates and visitors. While this message is specifically for the sisters celebrating…

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Always count your blessings …

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | November 25, 2012 |

Sometime after my mom retired, she “got into” ceramics. She and her friends went to classes taught by a woman in my mom’s neighborhood. For the most part, they applied…

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One continuous and continuing flow: All Saints and All Souls Days 2012

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | November 2, 2012 |

For some time now, the celebrations of All Saints and All Souls days have sort of morphed together in my mind, each feast blended into the other. The distinction between…

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Do extraordinary things: Foundation Day 2012

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | October 22, 2012 |

Happy Foundation Day! We celebrate with deep gratitude the six Sisters of Providence who arrived here 172 years ago today! I know you can name them – Mother Theodore Guerin,…

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Asking questions: Feast Day 2012

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | October 3, 2012 |

A couple of years ago, two sisters provided me with something to smile over, puzzle about, and learn from. At the time, we Sisters of Providence were in the midst…

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Hope and healing for Earth: Earth Day 2012

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | April 18, 2012 |

Anyone who knows the Sisters of Providence and our Providence Associates knows of our commitment to hope and healing of Earth. We channel much of our energy in this regard…

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Hardy harbingers of spring: Spring 2012

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | March 14, 2012 |

Yellow is one of the first colors of spring here at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Bright and bouncy daffodils dot gardens and spring up in the middle of ravines and lawns. Yellow…

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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.

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