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Reflections from Sister Denise

General Chapter 2011

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | August 9, 2011 |

Our General Chapter ended just about four weeks ago. The past weeks have given me the opportunity to reflect on the experience and outcomes of our time together and what…

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Father’s Day 2011

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | June 14, 2011 |

Working out in my garden yesterday, I inadvertently witnessed/eavesdropped on a lovely father-child series of moments – aka father-love-in-action. A van pulled up at the fountain standing at the end…

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Easter 2011

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | April 20, 2011 |

As we enter the final week of Lent, the deep, deep purple of Lenten liturgical environments gives way first to the blazing red of Passion Sunday and Passion week, then…

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The annual exercise of Lent

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | March 8, 2011 |

Good old Lent! Here you are again — staring me in the face … daring me to find something good about the experience — in spite of my many years…

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Valentine’s Day 2011

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | February 14, 2011 |

My cousin’s son and his wife have a son, Jack Alfred. (At family gatherings, use of his middle name is required to distinguish him from his cousin Jack Louis.) In…

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Be merry: Christmas reflection 2010

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | December 21, 2010 |

I have a fondness for the word “merry.” For years, my Christmas card complementary closing has been “Be merry!” What am I encouraging with this sign-off? “Merry” is defined as:…

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The Days of Our Waiting – Advent 2010

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | November 30, 2010 |

I find myself very taken with these ideas taken from Judy Cannato’s lovely book Field of Compassion: One way to speak of the Christian story is to say that God…

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Saying thank you: Thanksgiving 2010

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | November 24, 2010 |

How many times have we witnessed (or participated in) this scenario? An adult hands something to a small child and a parent says to the little one, “What do you…

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Day of the Dead — All Souls Day

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | November 3, 2010 |

My least favorite explanation for anything is that’s just the way it is. I can instantly feel the resistance rise up inside me. Reflection over the years has brought me…

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Foundation Day – Oct. 22, 2010

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | October 22, 2010 |

Happy Foundation Day! Happy 170th anniversary of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College! In the name of the Sisters of Providence and our Providence…

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Autumnal equinox

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | October 14, 2010 |

I find myself squarely in the “beware of getting what you ask for” dilemma. Some weeks ago, I asked our Marketing and Communication Director, Diane Weidenbenner, for some writing assignments…

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Feast Day 2010

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | October 4, 2010 |

Happy Feast! What a wonderful community gathered to celebrate the life of Saint Mother Theodore, our foundress and our model of humanness and holiness. This is the fourth time I’ve…

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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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