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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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Gracious, spacious and precious: Lent 2012

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | February 21, 2012 |

My mom had a devotion to Saint Anthony of Padua that went beyond asking him to find lost things. I have no idea where it came from or why he…

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Valentine’s Day 2012

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | February 13, 2012 |

I know my grade school sisters referred to February 14 as Saint Valentine’s Day! Perhaps just to make certain that we knew there was a “holy” reason for the annual…

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New Year’s 2012

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | January 1, 2012 |

What’s the New Year’s equivalent of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas?  I’d qualify. By way of disclaimer, I do enjoy much of this holiday … a paid holiday for many…

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Christmas 2011

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | December 19, 2011 |

Believe! How many times have you seen this encouragement during this “holly jolly season?” For me, it usually connotes the magic of Christmas, the fun for many children of knowing…

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Advent 2011

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | November 23, 2011 |

Recently, I was visiting my sister who lives on the ground floor of an apartment building. The weather being mild, I had the bedroom window open quite a few inches.…

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Thanksgiving: Generosity with justice

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | November 16, 2011 |

This thankful and thoughtful blog is being highlighted for Thanksgiving 2019 because it is as appropriate today as it was when it was first written. I just sat down to…

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All Souls Day 2011

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | November 2, 2011 |

In thinking about All Souls Day, I came upon this. In 988 CE, the abbot Odilo of the Cluny monastery in France wrote of November 2’s feast: “[keep] with joyous…

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Foundation Day 2011

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | October 22, 2011 |

Happy Foundation Day! We thank our Provident God for the lives of our six foundresses: Sister St. Vincent Ferrer Gagé, Sister Basilide Sénéchal, Sister Olympiade Boyer, Sister Mary Xavier Lerée…

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What have we to do in order to become saints?

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | October 3, 2011 |

Happy Feast! It’s good to be here with the usual suspects — SPs, Providence Associates, SP and PHC staff, colleagues and alumnae from SMWC, our close neighbors from the Village…

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The 2011 installation of the General Officers

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | September 10, 2011 |

When the General Councilors and I planned this liturgy, we quickly chose as its theme the Mother Theodore quotation that appears on the cover of your worship aid: “Perfect abandonment…

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Prayer in troubled times

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | September 8, 2011 |

Some days ago I received a request from a local newspaper reporter who was preparing an article about the 10th anniversary of the catastrophic events here in the U.S. on…

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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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