Sr. Hong Na Nguyen professes final vows
On July 16, Sister Hong Nga Nguyen made her final vows in a bilingual ceremony at the Vietnamese Martyrs Church in Tukwila, Wash., the parish where she goes every Sunday and sings in the choir. The theme for the Eucharistic celebration was: The love of Christ impels us. Go and bear fruit that lasts. “I want more Vietnamese to know who we are,” she said. “This is a special occasion, yes, but we are here for you.”
Providence (Beca) Scholarship Program 2016
An evolving program not only seeks to put access to education within the reach of young Salvadorans from villages in the Bajo Lempa/Jiquilisco region; it aims for much more.
2016 Jubilee Mass
In liturgy held on July 30, 2016, in Burien, Wash., 15 Sisters of Providence, including two celebrating in heaven, marked 25, 50, 60, 70, 75 and 80 years of religious life. Reverend John D. Whitney, SJ, was the celebrant.
2016 Jubilee Vespers & Banquet
2016 Jubilee Reception
Following the Jubilee Mass, a reception was held in the parish hall of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Burien, Wash.
Maureen Morris named co-recipient of 2016 Mother Joseph Award
For 20 years, Maureen Morris has been “The Face of Providence” for every person who comes in the door at St. Joseph Residence, the home of retired and infirm Sisters of Providence in West Seattle. Maureen was no stranger to the sisters when she took the job, having already served a few years at the front desk of the adjacent Mount St. Vincent.
Rebecca Hawkins, co-recipient of 2016 Mother Joseph Award
Rebecca Hawkins, MSN, ANP, ACHPN, has been an oncology and palliative care nurse practitioner for more than 30 years and is a nationally recognized educator, speaker and writer in her field. In addition to her role as director of Compassionate Care across Providence, she is a palliative care nurse practitioner for St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash.
Eucharistic celebration held at home of Sisters of Providence in La Papalota
Srs. Rose Byrne and Alice St. Hilaire honored
In 2015, the Seattle Seahawks were Super Bowl-bound and this group of football-crazy sisters joined in the fun.
Sisters of Providence come to aid of immigrants
In October, two Sisters of Providence from Mother Joseph Province journeyed to El Paso, Texas, to heed the cry of the poor. We have all heard about the summer’s unprecedented surge of refugees from Central American countries, many of them unaccompanied children, crossing the border from Mexico into southern Texas. Fear of violence and sheer terror were pushing mothers to send their young children and teenagers out into the unknown in search of safety, security and a better life.
Alaska doctor receives Mother Joseph Award
Dr. Cathy Baldwin-Johnson, medical director of Alaska CARES (Child Abuse Response and Evaluation Services), was named recipient of the 2015 Mother Joseph Award.
Return to La Papalota
At that time, the Sisters of Providence focused their El Salvador ministry on education and formation of youth.
Spotlight on Sr. Felma Cerezo
For years, Sister Felma Cerezo has captured the images of Sisters of Providence engaged in countless activities, including Jubilee celebrations. As a Jubilarian herself this year, she put the camera down for a moment. We would like to share just a few images of her amazing ability to bring beauty to everything and everyone she touches.
Mount St. Joseph’s closing ceremony
The theme for the Ceremony of Gratitude and Hope was: “For all that has been, thanks. For all that will be . . . yes.”
Nuns on a Bus
NETWORK, the social-justice activist organization led by Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, went on the road this year with its second “Nuns on the Bus” tour.
This time, our Sister Charlene Hudon was on board for part of the journey.
The nuns traveled from coast to coast – 6,500 miles and across 15 states – over three weeks. Their message was on immigration justice, calling attention to the fact that Congress needs to enact “commonsense 21st century immigration policies that reflect our true American values.”
Sister Charlene advocated on behalf of migrants, especially those who are undocumented. She joined the group in San Diego, Calif., on Thursday, June 13, for the last segment, traveling through the California cities of Irvine, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Delano, Modesto, San Francisco and ending up at Angel Island on June 18.
Sr. Jessica Taylor professes perpetual vows
Border Watch Delegation
by Jo Ann Showalter, SP
As a member of a SOAW (School of the Americas Watch) Border Watch delegation, I traveled to Nogales, Ariz., and to Mexico in May to listen and learn the stories of those who have been subjected to possible human rights abuses. The stories we heard were heart-wrenching and pointed directly to areas of abuse and cruelty. Caesar, a Guatemalan, described conditions in detention.
Sr. Kathryn Rutan joins Guatemalan service trip
A special guest joined Providence Health International’s service trip to Guatemala last May. Sister Kathryn “Kitsy” Rutan, former general superior of the international congregation of the Sisters of Providence, added her gifts to the talented team of Oregon employees.
As a vital member of the stove installation team, Sister Kitsy – just 77 years young – traveled the twisting mountain roads and climbed the steep hillside towards a goal of reducing serious health hazards for 40 families in the village of Sehaquiba. She brought with her the pioneering spirit and comforting presence of a Sister of Providence.
End of an era
On January 28, 2013, a ceremony of blessing and remembrance was held at Mount St. Joseph in Spokane, marking the closure of the health-care unit that had housed so many of the Sisters of Providence.
2012 General Chapter
Photos of Mother Joseph Province sisters at the General Chapter in Montreal.
Sr. Karin’s Dufault’s 2012 Cameroon Visit
Marie-Therese Gnamazo, of Cameroon, spent several months in Seattle for a Come and See experience with the Sisters of Providence. Marie-Therese later became a Providence Associate and returned to her native country to live out the mission of Providence while helping people there. Since then she has returned to become a candidate for the religious community. In late December 2012, Sister Karin, congregational leader of the Sisters of Providence, traveled to Cameroon with Sisters Annette Noel and Rejeanne Turcotte.
Sister Karin and Marie-Therese met again on December 29 at the airport in Yaounde where they warmly embraced. “She looks terrific and it was a surprise and a joy to see her,” Sister Karin reported. The travelers were being met by Father Emanuel Mbock Mbock of Afrique Future as well as Sister Jean d’Arc. Sister Karin and Marie-Therese would catch up together again on January 2, 2013, on the heels of Sr. Karin’s visit with the archbishop of Obala, after a ceremony to receive new Providence Associates and other congregational business.
Sr. Marita Capili joins the novitiate
Marita Capili entered the novitiate in a simple ceremony on September 11, 2012, in the chapel at Mount St. Joseph, Spokane. Marita was born in the Philippines and spent her teen years in Guam, where she attended high school and college, earning an associate’s degree in hotel management. She worked for Hyatt International Hotels at locations around the world, including Seattle, before becoming a candidate for the Sisters of Providence in August 2009.
A glimpse of life in El Salvador . . .
Sisters of Providence have served in ministry in El Salvador since 1995.
Over the years, several sisters have worked and lived among the people there, and delegations of Providence Associates and employees from Providence Health & Services have journeyed there to lend a hand with housing, medical and community needs.
Today, Mother Joseph Province includes three Salvadorian sisters in formation.
These photos are of life in the villages of La Papalota and Angela Montano.
70th Anniversary: Portland Medical Center
St. Ignatius, MT
Dedication of New Headstones in St. Ignatius, MT
In December, 2010, five Sisters of Providence traveled to Uganda to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Daughters of Mary, the first indigenous religious community of women south of the Sahara. The two communities have befriended each other since the early 1960s, when two Daughters of Mary came to Seattle pursue their educational goals.
Uganda Delegation/Gallery 2
Uganda Delegation/Gallery 4
While on the African continent, the delegation also visited Cameroon.