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60 years in 2016

Mary Traupman, CDP

Sister Mary Traupman, formerly Sister Marla, entered religious life from St. Mary parish in McKees Rocks, Pa. A first-generation American of Austrian decent, she has been an educator and administrator, and is also a practicing attorney.

When considering a vocation to religious life, she says that the Sisters of Divine Providence, especially her teachers, inspired her to the extent that she felt the best thing to do with her life was to become like them.

Donna Tracy, CDP

Sister Donna Tracy has been the volunteer coordinator at Providence Family Support Center, a ministry of Providence Connections, Inc., since 2006.

She determines where and when volunteers are needed (i.e., specific programs, projects, administrative support), and then recruits the necessary volunteers for those positions. Volunteer work can also extend to the Support Center’s partners: Pittsburgh Cares, local businesses, universities, colleges, churches, high schools, and youth groups.

Marilyn Seidel, CDP

Sister Marilyn Seidel entered religious life from St. Basil parish in Pittsburgh, Pa. She credits her parents and first- and second-grade teachers, Sisters of Divine Providence, with fostering and encouraging her vocation. She also believes it’s what she always knew God wanted her to do.

Joan Marie Harper, CDP

Sister Joan Marie Harper is the pastoral associate at St. Brigid of Kildare Church in Dublin, Ohio. From 1987 to 2005, she was the Vicar for Church Ministry and Delegate for Religious for the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio. Prior to that, she spent six years as associate director of the Family Life Office for the diocese (1981–87).

Donna Marie Dorfner, CDP

Sister Donna Marie Dorfner entered religious life from St. Basil parish in Pittsburgh, Pa. She remembers being drawn to religious life—a life of prayer and serving God’s people—from childhood. The Sisters of Divine Providence who taught her encouraged her to follow her vocation; however, as a teenager, she resisted the call, but the Hound of Heaven pursued her until she said “Yes!”

Emily Meehan, CDP

Sister Emily Meehan, formerly Sister Mary Timothy, entered religious life in 1956 from St. Mark’s in Venice, Illinois. She always loved God and wanted to work as a religious. She recalls, “My parents were devout Catholics who had a deep respect for the Sisters. I was taught by the Sisters of Divine Providence, and also had an older sister who had already entered the Community. All these reasons influence my decision.”

Leona Ulewicz, CDP

Sister Leona Ulewicz, formerly Sister Sara, entered religious life from St. Mary parish in Sharpsburg, PA. She credits the Sisters of Divine Providence and Holy Ghost (Spiritans) who ministered at St. Mary with influencing her decision to become a Sister, as she admired their happiness and dedication to the Church.

Mary Michael McCulla, CDP

Sister Mary Michael McCulla is a part-time parish nurse in the St. Louis area, and has been working with the Tri-Parish Nursing Ministry in Florissant, Mo., since 2002.

Sister Mary Michael was living in Nevada when she inquired about religious life with the Sisters of Divine Providence, and remembers being contacted by Sister Mary Philip Hampton. It was this personal touch that influenced her decision to join the Community.

Frances Marie Kriley, CDP

Sister Frances Marie Kriley, formerly Sister Mary Luke, entered religious life from St. Mary parish in Herman, Pa. She credits her brother, as well as relatives in the Community, with influencing her decision to become a Sister.

Agnes Marie Geringer, CDP

Sister Agnes Marie Geringer entered religious life in 1956. She considers her aunt, Sister Justina, a Sister of St. Joseph, as the person who most influenced her decision to enter religious life, as she admired her and wanted to be like her.

Martha Thomas Baier, CDP

Sister Martha Thomas Baier (Phyllis) entered religious life from Saint Basil Parish in Carrick, PA. Her father was a great influence on her vocation. “He always said that I would be a Sister,” she says. However, the Sisters at Saint Basil’s High School inspired her to do the best thing with her life -- to become a Sister of Divine Providence. “The Sisters at St. Basil’s High School always encouraged me to keep praying for my vocation. Their influence and kind words encouraged me in my faith.”