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Sisters Celebrate Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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.

Music Makers

"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.

To Light through Love

To Light through Love

"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."

-Edith Wharton

Marlene McClain's Sunseeker RV

Associate Marlene McClain's Journey to La Posada Providencia

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.


In September 1905, Divine Providence Academy, under the name of St. Joseph's Industrial Institute, a boarding and day school for girls, opened its doors and offered an educational opportunity quite different from those then existing.

Executive Board

Officers, lay board representatives, Sister board representatives and ex-officio representatives.

Providence Villa Retreats and Programming

Personal/Individual Retreats

A comfortable cottage with a fully-equipped kitchen is available for those wishing to make a private retreat. If so desired, a retreatant may inquire about the services of a retreat director at the time of registration.

Group Retreats

Groups are welcome to plan and organize their own retreats. These groups will find our facility, with its modern amenities and beautiful, natural surroundings, the perfect retreat setting, providing a peaceful atmosphere conducive to quiet reflection and prayer.

Providence Villa Facilities

The three-story Villa consists of a main building with 13 bedrooms, several meeting rooms, a kitchen, library, and formal dining room. There is a small cottage on the property with a kitchen and rooms that accommodate six beds. The Villa is open to people of all faith traditions, small groups, faith sharing or prayer groups, and retreats and meetings for up to 20 people. Other amenities include food service, audio-visual equipment, wireless internet, conference calling, wood-burning fireplaces, a chapel, screened gazebo, and beautiful grounds.

Providence Villa Mission

Providence Villa is a retreat center that reflects God’s Providence through a ministry of compassionate hospitality. The Center welcomes individuals and small groups of all faiths focusing on spiritual growth and human development. Providence Villa, a Catholic retreat center, founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Divine Providence, provides a reflective environment conducive to spiritual pursuits.

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Contact Information

Located in the North Hills of Pittsburgh on the beautiful campus of the Sisters of Divine Providence.

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