March 18, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Jennifer Roseman, Director of Communications & Development
(509) 474-2395 or (509) 994-5032

Sisters of Providence, Mother Joseph Province, is one of many congregations of women religious that will launch a new campaign in March to encourage people to be kind toward one another. The message – “Kindness: Get in the Habit” – was created to counter the continued divisiveness seen throughout the country. The campaign will run during the fourth annual National Catholic Sisters Week, March 8-14, 2017.

“The Kindness campaign is inspired by our Christian call to treat one another as we would hope to be treated,” Provincial Superior Judith Desmarais says. “It’s both a response to the incivility that continues to permeate talk shows and social media, and a call to Gospel values such as caring for the poor.”

The Sisters of Providence campaign features an image of a sister accompanying two refugee children on part of their journey in El Paso, Texas. The message says, “Kindness: Get in the Habit.”

Six similar images –- all illustrating the Kindness theme — will be featured throughout the campaign.

“We want to call attention to what we should be doing for each other,” Sister Judith says. “We are to be feeding the hungry and welcoming the stranger. We are to be practicing compassion, as Jesus taught us.”

Sister Charlene Hudon, a member of the Sisters of Providence Peace Community, agrees. “Simple acts of kindness can change the world, one person at a time. We’ve never needed it more than we do right now.”

Sisters of Providence also are inviting participation through their website and social media for 100 Days of Prayer for the new administration in Washington, D.C.