50 Years: Sister Linda Jo Reynolds
Sister Linda Jo Reynolds is general councilor-secretary of the international congregation of Sisters of Providence in Montreal for a term that ends in 2017.
Born in Portland, Ore., she graduated from Providence Academy (PAV) in Vancouver, Wash., and entered the Sisters of Providence in 1965 with five PAV classmates, bound for the College of Sister Formation.
After nursing studies at Seattle University, Sister Linda Jo moved to Oakland, Calif., to minister at Providence Hospital there. She returned to the Northwest and took an internship in emergency services at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Yakima, Wash., and then moved back to Seattle.
She expressed an interest in missionary work and was sent to study missiology at St. Paul University, Ottawa, Canada, as a potential foreign missionary. In 1977 she was sent to nurse in Nigeria, where she was in charge of the inpatients at a small bush hospital in Koton Karifi.
Three years later, she requested a change to pastoral ministry in the parish.
The Providence sisters left Nigeria in 1981 and she returned to the United States. After a year of study at Seattle University, she began a two-year ministry at Blessed Sacrament with the parish elderly and shut-ins. Next, she was a member of the novitiate formation team in Spokane for five years. In 1989, she and four other sisters founded the mission in the new Philippine Sector.
Sister Linda Jo served in Asia for 25 years doing parish and formation work and serving in leadership roles within the Philippine Sector, which became Our Lady of Providence Vice-Province.