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Sister Frances Lorene and the West Africa Teaching Ministry

Sister Frances Lorene and the West Africa Teaching Ministry

Blessed John Martin Moye, the founder of the Sisters of Divine Providence, saw needs being neglected, especially in the exclusion of the poor girls from the educational system of his time and place. From the beginning, this story has inspired the Sisters of the Congregation of Divine Providence to be involved with many different ministries throughout the United States and…

Madagascar Connection

Madagascar Connection

The Sisters of the American Province from Melbourne, Kentucky have always felt a kind of special connection with their Sisters from the Province of Madagascar—and the slow but sure penetration of the internet throughout that country has created new opportunities for the two groups to deepen their bonds of relationship with each other. Sisters are now connecting more and more…

Butterflies for Immigrant Children

Butterflies for Immigrant Children

October 28 was National Immigrants Day.   The Sisters of Providence from St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN posted the following article which I think bears sharing with all Women of Providence website followers: “On this National Immigrants Day, I ask myself what if Mother Theodore Guerin and her companions, unable to speak English, had been deported back to France in 1840 when they arrived…

The Long Extended Note

The Long Extended Note

This is the last of the six images used by Sr. Pat Murray at the annual assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) this past August.  Image six is:  Listen for the Long Note. Sister Pat recalled a seminar on leadership in which she participated some years ago.  At the end of one session, a fiddler played a…

Connections

Connections

This is a continuation of Sr. Pat Murray’s talk at the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) last August.  Her fifth point is:  Engage in web-watching and web-weaving. Sr. Pat referenced the Mennonite theologian and peace activist, John Paul Lederach, who used the term “moral imagination” to describe something “which calls people beyond what is immediately apparent and visible.”  Lederach…

Wonder and Awe

Wonder and Awe

It’s not often that one has an evening of complete wonder and awe.  Yet, a group of friends and I had just that on the afternoon and evening of September 29th.  We were at Powell Symphony Hall in St. Louis for the final concert of the St. Louis Jesuits.   I heard it was sold out in record time and so…

Sticking Your Neck Out

Sticking Your Neck Out

Continuing in the presentation from Sister Pat Murray, IBVM, at the annual Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) I write about her fourth point:  “Celebrate our luxurious cultural   diversity.”  She asks the the question of religious leaders:  “How can we bring a positive contribution to the challenge of global intercultural living? ”  She suggests that congregations “demonstrate a new way…

Embrace Vulnerability

Embrace Vulnerability

In her presentation at the annual LCWR assembly, Sr. Pat Murray, IBVM gave six images for leadership in a global world.  I have written about the first two of them.  This one is the third:  Embrace Vulnerability.  She was speaking about religious life and our institutions and how we are experiencing a greater fragility and vulnerability.  She said:  “In a…

Imagining Leadership in a Global Community

Imagining Leadership in a Global Community

At the 2019 Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) assembly the keynote address was given by Sister Pat Murray, IBVM.  It was a powerful reflection on religious leadership.  She began with some opening remarks on our globalized world and on how the face of consecrated religious life is changing.  She quoted Pope Francis who “expressed his hope for a growth…

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