Submitted by Sister Emma Jean Middendorf
Mission Alive, an outreach project of the Sisters of Divine Providence Associates, was started in 2009 by Ellen Lavender, former director of the Associates. Since then, each year, through Mission Alive, the Associates have helped a ministry staffed by the Sisters. They learn all about the ministry, spread the word about it, visit the ministry, lend hands-on help, and raise funds for it. Over the years, the Associates have contributed financially, through prayer, and as hands-on volunteers to the Sisters’ sponsored ministries in Santo Domingo and San Benito, Texas.
"Becoming a Woman of Providence," the feature article, explains terms like formation, incorporation, discernment, and novitiate, and the process by which a woman first explores whether she is called to religious life and the subsequent journey she undertakes on her way to becoming a vowed religious.
Other articles included in this issue:
Congragulations to Sister Michele Bisbey, CDP, Ph.D., for receiving the Dedication to Achievement Award at the 21st Annual Employee Recognition and Awards Ceremony at La Roche College on Friday, April 25.
The Sisters of Divine Providence have hired Susan H. Rohm as the congregation’s new Director of Mission Advancement. In her role, effective April 28, Rohm will manage fund development, write proposals and grants, implement strategies to grow annual revenue, manage all communications, and direct the Mission Advancement department.
Wake: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Staten-Fine (220 Court, Alton, IL 62202). Rosary/service at 5:30 p.m.
Resurrection Service: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary Parish, Alton, IL
Congratulations to Sister Stephanie Turck on her March 22, 2014, reception of the Mary Alyce Beardslee Distinguished Service Award from Madison County (Ill.) Catholic Charities.
Congratulations to sponsored ministry La Posada Providencia on its recent appearance on National Public Radio's Morning Edition!
A video to celebrate National Catholic Sisters Week 2014
Viewing in the Community Room at Providence Heights on Wednesday, March 12 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
and on Thursday, March 13 from Noon-3:30 p.m.
Wake Service in the Community Room on Wednesday, March 12 at 7 p.m.
Mass of Resurrection on Thursday, March 13 at 4 p.m. in the Mother of Divine Providence Chapel at Providence Heights.
According to the SisterStory.org website, "SisterStory is a national campaign aimed at broadening awareness of Catholic sisters. Who are Catholic sisters? What are their lives like? What impact have they had over the course of American history? What difference do they make today? Our intention is to demystify religious life – the vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience, the experience of living in community, the desire to belong totally to God – by sharing the stories of Catholic sisters.
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.