2016: A year of milestones
Sisters celebrate beatification, opening of SJR and 160 years in the West
Can it really be 15 years since hundreds of Providence pilgrims – Sisters of Providence, Providence Associates, family and friends – traveled to the Vatican for the beatification of foundress Blessed Emilie Gamelin? Indeed, it has been, and on Sunday, October 9, a special liturgy was held in the chapel at St. Joseph Residence to celebrate the anniversary. The celebrant was Father Ignatius Ohno, SJ. Providence of God, we thank you for all!
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Sister Margarita brings faith formation to Hispanic children and parents
As of September 1, Sister Margarita Hernandez has been serving for one year as director of religious education for grades K through 8 for three Catholic parishes in Walla Walla, Wash. To say that her position is unique is an understatement. In her first full-time job at age 35, she is older than the parishes’ pastor, Father Matthew Nicks, and its two vicars.
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Vietnamese Martyrs Church hosts vow ceremony for Sister Hong Nga Nguyen
Sister Hong Nga Nguyen, who came to Seattle from Vietnam as a 20-year-old in November 2006 to explore the possibilities of religious life, is overjoyed and overwhelmed by how much of God’s graces and blessings she has received since then. “If you dedicate your life to God totally, what can you lose? That’s it, God! I’m taken!”
That is the exuberant spirit with which she professed perpetual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience as a Sister of Providence in a liturgy at the Vietnamese Martyrs Church in Tukwila, Wash.
Mission trip in Guatemala leads Sister Vilma Franco back to El Salvador
On August 14, Sister Vilma Franco was missioned in Seattle and then flew to El Salvador on August 26 to take up ministry in Arcatao parish in the department of Chalatenango. That mountain village where she will be a catechist working with children is her birthplace, a four- or five-hour drive from the coastal department of Usulutan where she, her mother and her sister relocated after the civil war that claimed the lives of her father and her six brothers.