We are the Sisters of Providence … today.

True to our founding principles, we put our faith in

sisters visit statue of Sr. Emilie Gamelin in Montreal

We are international, intercultural and intergenerational.

God’s Providence and our energies into works that include education, parish ministry, health care, community service and support, housing, prison ministry, pastoral care, spiritual direction, retreats and foreign missions.

In everything that we do, the love of Christ impels us to respond to the cry of the poor and the vulnerable with concrete actions.

Smaller in number, but no less active

Sisters of Providence are smaller in number today, true, but we are no less active in pursing a more just and compassionate society.

We strive to be a model for unity in a fractured world.

Joined on our journey by Providence Associates and other lay people committed to the mission of Providence, we are moving into the future with renewed commitment to the call of the Gospel.

Mother Joseph Province leadership team

Mother Joseph Province Leadership Team (from left): Jennifer S. Hall, provincial treasurer; Sr. Josefina (Josie) Ramac, provincial councilor; Sister Jo Ann Showalter, provincial councilor; Sister Judith Desmarais, provincial superior; Sister Joan Gallagher, provincial councilor; and Wendy Iwami, provincial secretary.

We are daring to live our charism in an evolving world.

In the tradition of our foundress, we serve society’s most vulnerable members.

Our foundress, Mother Emilie Gamelin, made it her mission to care for the needy and vulnerable citizens of Montreal. As her influence grew, and was formalized in the order she founded, we, the Sisters of Providence, have maintained and expanded that focus.

You will find us engaged in:

  • Education
  • Parish Ministry
  • Health Care
  • Community Service and Support
  • Housing
  • Prison Ministry
  • Pastoral Care
  • Spiritual Direction and Retreats
  • Foreign Missions

Sister Karin Dufault, SP, RN, Ph.D, testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging to highlight the need for thoughtful debate on reforming the Medicare program.

Our History

We take our inspiration from Mother Emilie Gamelin, who founded the Sisters of Providence in 1843.

Mother Emilie Gamelin

Mother Joseph

Mother Joseph

Emilie Gamelin, a young widow of Montreal, founded the Sisters of Providence in 1843. Emilie was moved by the love of Christ to serve the many poor, hungry and sick people who lived around her. The people, who looked upon Emilie as “providence” for the needy, named her work “Providence.”

In 1856, Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart and four other sisters traveled to the Pacific Northwest, establishing schools, hospitals, orphanages, and other homes of care for those in need.

150th Anniversary

In 2006, the Mother Joseph Province celebrated 150 years in the West. Read more here.

Providence Archives For information about Sisters of Providence and their ministries, click here.

For specific inquiries about records, click here.


Sisters of Providence serve people in nine countries We are an international community of religious women. We serve people in:

Sisters of Providence International, Montreal, General Leadership Team

General Leadership Team, Montreal

  • Canada
  • United States
  • El Salvador
  • Haiti
  • Chile
  • Argentina
  • Philippines
  • Egypt
  • Cameroon

Sisters of Providence, Mother Joseph Province serve in:

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  • Washington
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Oregon
  • California
  • El Salvador
  • The Philippines

While each culture is unique and unmet needs vary by country and community, the focus of Sisters of Providence across the world remains the same: to serve the poor and vulnerable people of God.