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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…

Providence Food Pantry Celebrates 25 Years

Providence Food Pantry Celebrates 25 Years

On September 22, Providence Food Pantry, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, celebrated 25 years of loving service to residents in the West Terre Haute area. Persons of all faith traditions visited the pantry during an open house, enjoying treats, soda and chances to enter several raffles. During the celebration, Pantry Director Sister Joseph Fillenwarth…

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…

Sister Rosa Nguyen Talks about Religious Life

Sister Rosa Nguyen Talks about Religious Life

Sister Rosa Nguyen is a Sister of Providence from Mother Joseph Province in Seattle, WA.  She ministers at Providence High School in Burbank, California.  She has ministered there for more than four years but she is the only remaining Sister of Providence working there today.   She grew up in a Catholic family in Viet Nam and entered the Sisters of…

Sister Tracey Horan and Faith in Indiana: Working for Justice

Sister Tracey Horan and Faith in Indiana: Working for Justice

“We have the power to do something about this. I definitely believe we are making a difference,” said Sister Tracey Horan, pausing while heading north to take part in her annual retreat. Pictured:  Sister Tracey Horan translates at a peaceful demonstration in Brazil, Indiana, advocating for a more just immigration system. Sister Tracey was explaining her ministry. For two years, she…

Sister My Huong Pham Transfers Perpetual Vows

Sister My Huong Pham Transfers  Perpetual Vows

Sister My Huong Pham finally feels at home. “I feel bold and official,” she said, “a Sister of Providence.” For Sister My Huong, a process that began three years ago came to completion on Sunday, February 25. On that day, Sister My  Huong transferred her perpetual vows to the  Congregation of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, during liturgy…

Sister Rita Ferschweiler Celebrates Her 100th birthday

Sister Rita Ferschweiler Celebrates Her 100th birthday

Sister Rita Ferschweiler, the last Sister of Providence to serve as a hospital administrator in Portland, Oregon, celebrated her 100th birthday at a liturgy and luncheon in Seattle on March 16.  This year she also marks her 75th year of religious life. Sister is pictured on the right. Celebrant for the Mass was Rev. James Eblen;  Father William Treacy and…

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