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New Leadership Team begins term at Sisters of Providence, Mother Joseph Province

New Leadership Team begins term at Sisters of Providence, Mother Joseph Province

Four Sisters of Providence began a five-year term of leadership and service for Mother Joseph Province on Jan. 1, 2020: Sister Barbara Schamber, provincial leader, and Sisters Jacqueline Fernandes, Karen Hawkins and Margarita Hernandez as provincial councilors. In addition, two laypeople have been appointed to serve on the Leadership Team: David Neisius, provincial treasurer and Elinor Alexander, provincial secretary. The…

Digging Down Deep for Hope

Digging Down Deep for Hope

In these times of the corona virus people are experiencing grief in many forms.  Social distancing has kept us from loved ones and social circles.  Life has changed on all levels and people are searching for meaning.  You hear more timeless questions being asked, especially as we experience Holy Week this year as never before. There seems to be a…

A World War II nurse who became a nun is honored on Veterans Day

A World War II nurse who became a nun is honored on Veterans Day

Before the politicians arrived, before residence hall volunteers passed around the red, white and blue Jell-O parfaits, and before dozens of nuns filled the convent meeting room with verses of “America the Beautiful,” Sister Melanie Kambic looked around and saw “a lot of to do about nothing.” “I’m grateful for all the attention I’m getting, but I think there’s a…

Sister Elizabeth Oleksak honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Sister Elizabeth Oleksak honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce presented Sister Elizabeth Oleksak, founder of Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center, with its 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet November 20. The evening event was held at Shaker Farms Country Club, Westfield. Pictured above celebrating with Sister Elizabeth Oleksak (third from left) at the Greater Westfield Chamber’s award…

Providence Archivists get together!

Providence Archivists get together!

By Veronica Stienburg, Archivist for the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul The Sisters of Providence in Montreal were founded by Emilie Gamelin in 1843. In 1861 four Sisters of Providence began a new congregation in Kingston, now known as the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul. In 1873, the Kingston Sisters founded a mission in…

Daffodils and Turtles

Daffodils and Turtles

Not too long ago I read a story about the “Joy of Turtles” by Joni Woelfel.  In it she told the story of finding a mother turtle who had laid eggs in her flower bed.  The turtle deposited her eggs after digging a deep hole, carefully covering them so no trace could be found, and then within an hour she…

November begins year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of China mission

November begins year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of China mission

In November, the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods community begins a year of celebration highlighting the 100th anniversary of the Congregation’s mission to China. As a first step, sisters, staff, associates and others began reading “Against All Odds,” a biography of the sisters’ mission written by Sister Ann Colette Wolf. A summer retreat is also being planned. The Congregation…

Grand Opening for Sisters of Providence Hillside Residence

Grand Opening for Sisters of Providence Hillside Residence

Friday, September 27th dawned picture perfect, just the right sunny, autumn weather for the Sisters of Providence Grand Opening of Hillside Residence. The attractive new building features 34 affordable rental units plus two units dedicated for respite care. Its innovative program is designed for frail elders whose healthcare needs will be met through the Mercy LIFE (PACE) program situated on…

Sisters of Providence celebrate joyous senior jubilee

Sisters of Providence celebrate joyous senior jubilee

The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, honored their 75-year, 70-year, and 60-year Jubilarians on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. The 75-year Jubilarians, pictured above including (front) Sister Miriam Clare Stoll and (back, third and fourth from left) Sister Florence Norton and Sister Mildred Giesler. They are photographed with (back, from left) General Councilors Sister Mary Beth Klingel, Sister Lisa…

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