Join us in celebrating the 51,000 Catholic sisters in America! We will join with thousands of others in celebrating the inaugural National Catholic Sisters Week March 8-14. St. Catherine University was awarded a three-year Hilton Foundation grant to help bring greater visibility to the contributions of women religious, as part of Women’s History Month (March). We hope to celebrate Catholic sisters, past, present and future, as well as keeping these faith-filled, courageous women’s contributions top-of-mind always.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has proclaimed March 8-14, 2014, National Catholic Sisters Week in the city of Pittsburgh, in conjunction with the national celebration.
This year's Lenten Breakfast was a great success! Many thanks to speaker Anne Kertz Kernion, artist and owner of Cards by Anne, who guided us to an understanding of the Lenten season as a time of transition.
The prayer about everyday fasting that was used during the event is available below as a printable pdf.
We hope you enjoy these photos!
Sisters at Providence House in Kingston, Mass., had a lovely Valentine's Day week thanks to some students from Sacred Heart School, one of our sponsored ministries.
Hand-designed cards and letters from students and classes in grades 1-6 brought smiles to many Sisters' faces, especially those who have retired from their teaching ministry at Sacred Heart. The Sisters who have retired love to see the art work and the thoughtfulness of their students.
On February 8, 2014, Sister Nélida Naveros Córdova presented a paper at the 2014 meeting of the Midwest Society of Biblical Literature in the section of "Student Religious Studies." The meeting was at Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Ill. The topic of Sister Nélida's paper was "The City of Jerusalem as Portrayed by Luke and Philo of Alexandria." We're proud of Sister Nélida's work!
On February 3, Sister Dolores Elizabeth Werling celebrated her 100th birthday with a party at Providence Heights. Sisters, staff members, family members, and friends joined the celebration, which included a delicious cake, special 100th birthday decorations, and beautiful flowers. Photos from the party are available on our Flickr photostream.
Congratulations to La Posada Providencia, one of our sponsored ministries, on a very successful Hands & Hearts fundraiser! The fifth annual Hands & Hearts Brunch and Auction fundraiser set a new attendance record, with more than 340 guests attending the event, held Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Cultural Arts Center of Texas State Technical College.
Read more in the article "Hands & Hearts shows us God’s Providence on Earth" on the La Posada Providencia website.
Consecrated Life Week runs from January 26 thru February 2 at ministries and motherhouses in southwestern Pennsylvania. The collaborative food drive is held in conjunction with World Day for Consecreated Life, which is observed annually by the Catholic Church February 1-2.
Please read the article in the Pittsburgh Catholic.
On December 12, 2013, the Catholic Church throughout the world celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas. The feast celebrates the appearances of Mary to Juan Diego in Mexico in 1531. This is a day of special significance to Mexican Catholics and many other people of Latino hertiage. In Pittsburgh, a special celebration, including a Mass, took place at St. Paul Cathedral. Thanks to Sisters Roberta Grzelak, Ana Lydia Sonera Matos, Wendolyn López Santos, and Karina Conrad for representing our community at the liturgy.
"We exalt your Providence, O God, and we submit to all its decrees!"
Music can be a wonderful conduit between divine presence and experience. Many believe that it is in the nature of humans to yearn for, to seek out, to communicate at some level with, the Divine, and that we are restless until we find a way to be at one with that presence. Music helps people relate to God in a very personal way. It can make one aware of the presence of God.
"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."
La Posada Providencia serves as a temporary home and shelter for men, women, and children who flee their countries because of religious persecution, enslavement, and other life- and limb-threatening terrors. First they are sent to detention centers (jails) operated by U.S. Border Patrol. If they are determined to be authentically fleeing horrors, they are placed on a track to receiving papers and staying in the U.S. This process takes time--a day or more; a week or more.
Our previous Vocations Director, Sister Lisa Paffrath, appears in the first part of this video. Sisters Rose Anne Krantz and Lu Haidnick appear in the second half.
We are happy to announce that Sister Florita Rodman will be one of the recipients of the Cheverus Award from the Archdiocese of Boston at a Vesper Service on November 24, the feast of Christ the King.