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50 years in 2016

Angela Provost, CDP

Sister Angela Provost entered in 1966 from St. Patrick parish, Brockton, Massachusetts. She stated that what most influenced her decision to enter religious life was the concept of serving God, specifically, by serving the young. She went to St. Patrick High School taught by a different community of Sisters. During her sophomore year, she went with some of her classmates to a retreat weekend conducted by our Sisters. She was so moved by the experience that she returned the following year for another retreat.

Mary Joan Kerner, CDP

Sister Mary Joan Kerner entered the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1966 from her home parish of Annunciation in Pittsburgh. She considers her aunt, Sister Mary Florence Escher, as the person who most influenced her decision to enter religious life.

Linda Gaupin, CDP

Sister Linda Gaupin, formerly Sister Brenda, entered religious life from St. Margaret Mary parish in Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania in 1966. She credits her desire to do active ministry in the church as influencing her decision to enter religious life. Sister Linda’s ministry includes chair of the religion department at Divine Providence Academy (1970–76); chair of religious studies at La Roche College in Pittsburgh (1976–84); summer session instructor at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Maria Patterson, CDP

Sister Maria Patterson always seems to have a song in her heart… or at least on her guitar strings. An accomplished songwriter/musician, she graces Community events and assemblies with her musicality, playing and singing for all to enjoy. She released her first CD, I Wait, in 2012.

Jeanne Morris, CDP

Sister Jeanne Morris entered the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1966. She is the product of catholic education which cultivated the soil to receive the invitation. Her family’s catholic culture and the upbringing in the faith was important and taken seriously especially to attend Sunday Mass. She was contemplative in her thoughts and intrigued with “creation” and how life evolved. She enjoyed the beauty of nature and the exquisiteness of mystic music surrounding the quiet space in church where she found solitude and presence of God.

Linda Lalic, CDP

Sister Linda Lalic, formerly Sister Bryan, entered religious life from St. Joseph parish in Sharon, Pennsylvania in 1966. She credits the Sisters of Divine Providence who taught her in grade school and high school with influencing her decision to enter religious life. She says, “I was impressed by their dedication to their ministry and kindness to us students.”