Back where it all began

Providence Associates visit birthplace of Sisters of Providence in the West

One of the newest Providence Associates is Fran Nelson (center), of Walla Walla.  She is pictured with (from left) Provincial Councilor Jo Ann Showalter, Sister Helen Mason, Sister Margaret Botch and Provincial Councilor Josie Ramac.

In this 160th year since the Sisters of Providence arrived in the West, several Providence Associates made a pilgrimage to the sisters’ first foundation, Providence Academy in Vancouver, Wash.

Pilgrims included Sister Jean Schultz (left), of Seattle, and Providence Associate Char Diss, of Portland, Ore.

The Associate Board of Directors met in Seattle for the first time in August, and on August 22, a bus tour left the parking lot of the Provincial Administration offices in Renton, Wash., bound for Vancouver.

Along the way, the pilgrims stopped in Olympia, Wash., to view the statue of Mother Joseph in the rotunda of the Washington State Capitol building.

Then it was on to Providence Academy for a tour and box lunch, followed by a visit to the cemetery to view Mother Joseph’s grave before heading back to Renton.