Sister Gabriella Rogenski, a native of Granite City, IL, entered religious life in 1954 from Our Lady of Czestochowa (St. Mary’s) in Madison, IL. She credits the Sisters who taught her as influencing her decision to become a Sister. She admired how they acted after school and, especially, how they prayed together.
65 Years in 2019
Sister Frances DeSalle, formerly Sister Renault, entered religious life from St. John the Baptist Church in Monaca, Pa. She recalls that Sisters Frances Romana and Floretta, Sisters of Divine Providence, helped to influence her decision to become a Sister.
An educator for almost 41 years, Sister Frances taught throughout the Diocese of Pittsburgh, in Ohio, Michigan, California, and Arizona. Presently, she is in prayer and general service ministry at Providence Heights.
Sister Patricia Milko, formerly Sister Ann George, entered religious life from St. Joseph’s parish in Braddock, PA.
Her ministry as a teacher, CCD coordinator and parish minister spanned more than 47 years in six different diocese, including Detroit; Wheeling, WV; Utuado, Puerto Rico; Altoona/Johnstown, PA; and Pittsburgh. Since 2010, she has volunteered as the front desk receptionist at Providence Family Support Center, a ministry of Providence Connections, Inc.
Sister Carolyn Winschel, formerly Sister Jean Francis, entered religious life from St. Mary’s in Glenshaw, Pennsylvania. She credits the Sisters of Divine Providence who taught her, as well as her sister, Sister Anne Winschel, and her aunt, Sister Alacoque Winschel, with influencing her vocation to religious life.
Sister Zita Kessler entered religious life from St. Mary’s parish in Glenshaw, PA. She credits her family and the Sisters at St. Mary’s who taught her with influencing her vocation and supporting her decision to become a Sister.
Her ministry over the years has varied. She has served in internal ministry at Providence Heights as receptionist, and has helped care for the retired Sisters in the assisted living quarters (1972–86; 97–04); she served as Bishop Wright’s cook (1958–72); and she co-managed St. Ambrose Manor in Pittsburgh’s Spring Hill neighborhood (1987–98).
Sister Bernadette Duman, formerly Sister Maximilian, entered religious life from St. Walburga parish in Pittsburgh’s East End neighborhood. She credits her very loving and prayerful mother and dad, who were great role models, supportive brothers and sisters and the Sisters of Divine Providence for encouraging and influencing her vocation.
Sister Grace Babuscio entered religious life from St. Rosalia’s parish in Greenfield, PA. When considering a vocation to religious life, she recalls that the deep faith and prayerfulness of her grandmother, whose name she chose for her religious name, greatly influenced her decision to become a Sister. She chose the Sisters of Divine Providence because of her fondness for the Sisters who taught her at SS Peter & Paul School in East Liberty and Divine Providence Academy, then located on Larimer Avenue in the East End of Pittsburgh.
Sister Melanie Kambic entered religious life from St. Anselm’s parish in Swissvale, PA, in 1954. She wasn’t sure what her superiors were going to do with her, as she was 33 years old, independent, with a career, and had her own bank account. As she recalls, “There were no other women my age in formation.”
Sister Alice Gotti entered religious life from St. Columbus Cathedral in Youngstown, OH. After her conversion to the Catholic faith in 1949, she developed a great devotion to the Blessed Mother and Jesus. Her closer union to Mary and her Son, influenced Sister’s decision to enter Religious Life.