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Nominations Due for Mother Joseph Award

Award honors those who exemplify the values and courage of Mother Joseph

Mother Joseph of the Sacred HeartDo you know someone within the areas where Sisters of Providence and Providence Associates of Mother Joseph are located (Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, Florida, Georgia, El Salvador and Haiti) who exemplifies the values and courage of Mother Joseph?

If so, the Sisters of Providence invite Sisters of Providence, Providence Associates and friends associated with the sisters to nominate that individual for the Mother Joseph Award.

Click here to learn how to nominate someone by October 15 for this year's award.

The annual award is presented to a living person who is not a Sister of Providence. Those eligible to receive the award are lay persons, clergy, religious, Providence employees, board members, volunteers, physicians, benefactors, etc.

A woman of extraordinary compassion and vision

The Mother Joseph Award is named in honor of Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart, the first provincial superior of the Sisters of Providence in the West. This woman of extraordinary compassion and vision was a distinctive figure of early Northwest history. When she arrived in the Washington Territory in 1856, she encountered a strange world of physical hardships, cultural and religious diversity, and rapid change. There were no hospitals, few schools, and little in the way of charitable services for those suffering the misfortunes of life on the frontier.

Her birthday recognized by state

Equipped with simple tools, enormous gifts for creating and building, and deep faith in Divine Providence, Mother Joseph and her four sister companions stepped into the breach to fill these unmet needs. Under her leadership, more than 30 hospitals, schools and homes were opened for orphans, the elderly, and the sick in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and southern British Columbia.

In May 1977, Washington State Governor Dixie Lee Ray signed into law a bill authorizing a statue of Mother Joseph to be cast and placed in the nation's capitol. On May 1, 1980, the Mother Joseph Statue was placed in Statuary Hall, Washington, D.C., as Washington State's second honoree. April 16, Mother Joseph's birthday, has been declared a state holiday by the Washington State Legislature.

The lives, community service and civic involvement of nominees for the Mother Joseph Award reflect the mission of the Sisters of Providence to serve the poor and the vulnerable in keeping with the congregation's motto, The Charity of Christ urges us to serve the poor and vulnerable.

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