Dear Friends of Providence:

Who could have imagined 160 years ago that the black-robed woman leading four others dressed just like her as they arrived from Montreal to the wilderness of the Washington Territory would still be remembered and talked about throughout the West today?

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The legacy of Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart is much greater than the more than 30 hospitals, schools and homes for the orphans, the elderly and the sick that she founded in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia.  Her legacy is the ministries carried on by the hundreds of Sisters of Providence who have followed in her footsteps through the years.

Today, Mother Joseph Province encompasses Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, California, El Salvador and The Philippines. Its 123 sisters are the daughters of Mother Joseph, inspired by the extraordinary compassion, creativity, skill, vision and deep faith that impelled her and her sister companions to fill the unmet needs of God’s people on the frontier.

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We are carrying on that legacy by collaborating with Providence Associates, Providence Companions and hundreds of lay people who share the sisters’ commitment to reaching out to the poor and the vulnerable through education, parish ministry, health care, community service and support, housing, prison ministry, pastoral care, spiritual direction and retreats, and foreign missions.

Certainly, our historical mission still resonates and the needs are just as great today.  That is why the sisters want you to know that your help and support continues to be vital to the success of our ministries.  When you give to the Sisters of Providence, you are giving to your family, friends and neighbors, and you become an answer to their prayers.

As we mark the last 160 years of our presence in the West, we invite you to celebrate with us by renewing your commitment and support to the ministries and the mission we hold dear.

Providence of God, we thank you for all!

Gratefully in Providence,
Judith Desmarais, SP

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Sisters of Providence
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