Sister Lorraine Zappala (former Sister Mary Kevin) recalls that becoming a Sister was always in her thoughts, but she went back and forth with the idea, never really knowing if it was the right time. After visiting with the Sisters at Providence Heights, in Pittsburgh, Pa., she found peace within and decided the time was finally right. She was 25 years old. She entered the Community in 1955.
60 years in 2015
Sister Theresa Stegman entered religious life from St. Mary parish in Sharpsburg, Pa. She credits her seventh-grade teacher, Sister Mary Grace Walter, as the person who most influenced her vocation.
Sister Julia Hillary is a groundskeeper at Mishannock Convent in Kingston, Mass., and she works in the library at Sacred Heart High School (Kingston). Her ministry, since 1958, has been in education. She was an elementary teacher at St. Francis Xavier School (South Weymouth, Mass.), St. Cecilia School (Stamford, Conn.), and Sacred Heart Elementary (Kingston), and was a teacher of life skills to mentally challenged children at Cardinal Cushing School (Hanover, Mass.). She was a life enrichment specialist and bereavement coordinator at Cranberry Hospice (Kingston) from 1988–99.
Sister Nancy Schnur, formerly Sister Dorothy Ann, entered religious life from St. Mary parish in Herman, Pa. She recalls that witnessing her parents’ strong faith and love of God and the Blessed Mother influenced her decision to enter the Community at age 16. She was taught by the Sisters of Divine Providence in grade school, and their dedicated lives impressed her to follow God’s call as a Sister too.
Sister Loretta Jean Schorr entered religious life from St. Joseph parish in Duquesne, Pa. She credits the Sisters of Divine Providence who taught her with influencing her decision to enter religious life, as she admired their dedication and joyfulness.
Sister Rochelle Holly entered religious life from St. Mary parish in Herman, Pa. It was Sister Benigna Bumbernick and her teachers in grade school who most influenced her decision to become a Sister.
Sister Anne Arnold, formerly Sister Jane Evelyn, entered religious life from St. Basil Parish in Carrick, Pa. She cites the essence of religious life and the charism of the Congregation of Divine Providence as the most influential factors that led her to become a Sister. She says that while the externals of religious life held no appeal, she was drawn by the inner dynamics of a lifestyle that would not be preoccupied with materialism or personal gain, but rather spent in helping others.