Return to La Papalota
Sisters to focus their El Salvador ministry on education and formation of youth
In January of 2015, Sisters of Providence will once again be living in the house in La Papalota in the Bajo Lempa region of El Salvador, where they first arrived in 1995. The return to the La Papalota house will facilitate community life and the ministries of the sisters.
The decision of the Leadership Team of Mother Joseph Province to focus the Providence mission in El Salvador on the education and formation of youth and young adults is the result of a two-year discernment process. Bishop Orlando Cabrera, who initially welcomed the sisters to his diocese of Santiago de Maria in 1995, has given his support for this decision and welcomed the sisters’ renewed engagement in the Bajo Lempa region of El Salvador.
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Sisters of Providence support native peoples against fossil-fuel transport
Sisters of Providence, Mother Joseph Province, have signed a letter in support of native peoples who are struggling to protect their sacred lands from destruction by the fossil-fuel industry. The sisters joined other denominational leaders signing “A Public Declaration to the Tribal Councils and Traditional Spiritual Leaders of the Native Peoples of the Northwest.” The letter calls for the Northwest congressional delegation and other elected officials, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Department of the Interior “and all people of goodwill to uphold the treaty rights of Native communities in the Northwest.”
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Responding to a humanitarian crisis
Two sisters travel to El Paso, Texas, to assist immigrants
At the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) annual assembly in Nashville, Tenn., in August, about 300 interested sisters gathered to discuss concerns about the situation at the southern border of the United States. They shared information about what is happening, what the needs are, and who has resources, human or financial, to fill those needs. Networking and connections furthered the discussion.
Mother Joseph Province welcomes five sisters
The month of May brought five sisters into the Mother Joseph Province family: three who have formed a local community in the Philippines and two who have transferred into the province from Chile.
On May 17, at the close of the General Leadership Conference in Edmonton, Alberta, Mother Joseph Province welcomed the Philippines and its three sisters to its membership. The following afternoon, Sisters Julia (Julie) Macasieb, SP, Dalisay (Beth) Rayray, SP, and Lucila (Lucy) Vasquez, SP, came to Seattle for a joyous welcoming celebration at St. Joseph Residence.