Join the Call!  June 12-14, 2020 at the Kearns Spirituality Center, Allison Park, PA

“Providence—Where Justice and Radical Hope Meet” is the theme of this year’s Providence Event. We are a planetary community whose call is to imagine a world where Providence People find the courage to speak out for justice and live into our emerging future with radical hope.

Looking at the justice issues of our day with a “Providence Lens” is our task. Our speaker, Nancy Sylvester, IHM, will lead us to consider our call to offer meaning in a suffering world. Where are we being invited to network, collaborate and build bridges with others? How can we be a people with a vision that restores creation, human dignity and peace, and engenders hope one little step at a time?

Over the past 40 years, our Providence Community has helped us understand that we are united with all that exists and that everything is connected. We are in communion with the creative energy we name Providence and this gives us hope! Join us at this Providence Event where together we will create a more just and hope-filled world.

Nancy Sylvester, IHM
Nancy Sylvester, IHM

About Nancy Sylvester, IHM

Nancy Sylvester, IHM, is founder of the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue (ICCD) which began in 2002 in response to her experiences working for justice and right relationships in church and in society. She served in leadership of her own religious community, as well as in the presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Prior to that, she was Executive Director of Network, the national Catholic social justice lobby.

Nancy believes in our interconnectedness as a global community and social justice in all its dimensions. She will engage us in the critical issues of our day in ways that foster dialogue, relationships, compassion and justice. As an author and known speaker she has addressed other conferences on topics such as: living in a time of chaos, societal shifts in the world and church, the new universe story, and Catholic social justice teaching. We believe Nancy will guide us in looking at the justice issues of our day, integrating our response with a “Providence Lens.”

WPC 40th Anniversary Celebration

Michelle Holland, SP and Ruth McGoldrick, SP
Michelle Holland, SP and Ruth McGoldrick, SP


The Women of Providence in Collaboration celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2020! We are standing on the shoulders of our founders, Michelle Holland, SP, and Ruth McGoldrick, SP, who forged a path for us to come together as Providence congregations. Together we have evolved in our understanding of providence theology and spirituality and we know we continue to evolve. The gift of our Collaboration is that together we have more wisdom, more creativity, and more courage to face the future with hope. Let us celebrate our evolutions, our deepening of providence spirituality, our connectedness with one another and with all of creation. In the Name of all that is, we come!



Our Facilitator: Jane Ann Slater, CDP, San Antonio

Jane Ann Slater, CDP
Jane Ann Slater, CDP

Sister Jane Ann Slater is a member of the Congregation of Divine Providence in San Antonio, TX. She served as general superior of her congregation from 1987-1993 and again from 2005-2011. She also served two years as interim president of Our Lady of the Lake University from 2013-2015. She was appointed chancellor of the Archdiocese of San Antonio in November 2014, began serving in that position in August of 2015, and continues in this ministry today.

Serving as General Superior of her congregation Jane Ann served on the Women of Providence in Collaboration board for those 12 years, six years as Chair of the Board. She also facilitated the WPC Regional Providence Events held in 2003 in Spokane, WA, Pittsburgh, PA and Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

She is no stranger to the Women of Providence and we welcome her back!

We welcome All to this Providence Event especially, Justice Promoters, Formators, Associate Leaders, Leadership Teams, Communicators, Ministry and Mission Leaders, and Sisters Under 55.

Tentative Schedule

Friday, June 12, Kearns Spirituality Center
7:30 – 8:30 am BREAKFAST

9:00 am Welcome, Opening Ritual and introduction of
and blessing of speaker

9:45 am Session – Nancy Sylvester, IHM

12:00 noon LUNCH

2:00 pm Session – Nancy Sylvester, IHM
Group Interactions

5:00 pm DINNER

7:00 pm Wine and cheese social

Saturday, June 13, Kearns Spirituality Center
7:30 – 8:30 am BREAKFAST

9:00 am Morning Prayer

Session – Nancy Sylvester, IHM

12:00 noon LUNCH

2:00 pm Panel Presentation: Providence Sisters and Associates
Formulation of Action Statement

5:00 pm DINNER

7:00 pm 40th ANNIVERSARY PROGRAM with celebratory dessert

Sunday, June 14, Kearns Spirituality Center
7:30 – 8:30 am BREAKFAST

8:30 am Eucharistic Liturgy

11:30 am Closing and Departure
Please do not make any flight times to leave before 3:00 pm or we cannot take you to the airport.

EVENT BROCHURE, includes accommodations and fees. >
Contact / Location

Contact info

123, New Lenox, Chicago IL 60606

Gathering Times


8:00am, 9:15am, 11:00am

Events / Calendar