Dear Friends of Providence:
As we celebrate the 175th anniversary of the founding of the international congregation of the Sisters of Providence, we are filled with gratitude for the many blessings we have received—and count you among them. Like our loving and compassionate foundress, Blessed Emilie Gamelin who started many ministries to care for her Montreal neighbors in need, we thank you for responding from the heart to the needs of marginalized people in our communities.
Throughout Mother Joseph Province, which comprises Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, California, El Salvador and the Philippines, the Sisters of Providence have been reaching out to those who are underserved with renewed zeal during this celebratory year. In the spirit of Blessed Emilie Gamelin, the sisters are:
- Empowering 60 young people in El Salvador with scholarships to advance their education and life opportunities
- Connecting displaced families in the Philippines with basic needs, health care and opportunities for work
- Supporting nearly 4000 women and children experiencing poverty and homelessness through Jubilee Women’s Center in Seattle and Transitions in Spokane
- Ensuring the history and mission of the Sisters of Providence, Mother Joseph Province, is integrated into a growing health system
- Taking a stand on refugee and immigrant rights, and sex and labor trafficking
- Working in collaboration with Providence Associates, Providence Companions and others associated with the Providence family to expand our impact
- Educating four new sisters who are beginning lives of ministry and service
Please join us in marking this celebratory year with a gift to the Sisters of Providence, Mother Joseph Province. You may send a check or make a contribution online (details on this page). Consider a gift in honor or in memory of someone special to you, or perhaps a Sister of Providence who has touched your life.
Even as we reflect on 175 years of blessings, the spirit of Providence inspires us to continue our journey into the future with great hope, reaching out to those in need. Thank you for walking with us along the way.
Gratefully in Providence,
Judith Desmarais, SP