Annette Seubert, SP (Sister Rose Annette) – 60 Years

Annette Seubert, SP

As I ponder 60 years as a Sister of Providence, I am filled with gratitude for God’s faithfulness that blesses me each day.

The oldest of four children, I was born in Tallahassee, Florida, December 12, 1943, to my parents Mathew George Seubert and Kathleen Clara Agnes Crosby/Seubert.  By early 1945 the family moved to Chewelah, Washington, where we lived in this small community until I finished the eighth grade at St. Mary Catholic School.  Theses years were formative for me in my faith and my desire to enter religious life. In 1958, the family moved to Sprague, Washington.  I attended high school at St. Joseph Academy and after graduating entered the novitiate at Providence Heights in Issaquah, Washington, September 8, 1962.

I made first profession August 19, 1965, and final vows in 1970.  After completing a BA in 1967, from Seattle University, I worked in the finance office at the College of Great Falls, then served as business manager for St. Thomas Child and Family Center.  Later I found my special place in ministry as a hospital chaplain. 

As chaplain I served at Columbus Hospital in Great Falls, where I chaired the development of a Hospice Program, at Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, and at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla where I was director of spiritual care and chaired the Ethics Committee. I worked five years as chaplain/mission leader at Providence Holy Family in Spokane, retiring in 2016.  Chaplaincy enabled me to work with committed colleagues in the Mission of Providence.  As chaplain I saw my ministry as an Emmaus journey with patients and families. Together we embraced stories of suffering and healing.

I served on the Formation Team and in Leadership for St. Ignatius and Mother Joseph Provinces. These experiences provided me with a broader view of religious life. 

I studied Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Mary Medical Center in San Francisco and Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane and earned an MA degree in Creation Spirituality in Oakland, California.   Special experiences for me were travelling to Rome for Emelie Gamelin’s Beatification in 2001 and living five months in El Salvador as a cross-cultural experience from November 2013 to March 2014, a special 50th jubilee gift.

Since retirement I have enjoyed serving on the Transitions Board for women and children, assisting with retreats at the Benedictine Spirituality Center in Cottonwood, Idaho, serving as a spiritual director and working with Providence Associates and various committees for Mother Joseph Province.

I’m grateful for my religious community, friends, co-workers, and family who have encouraged and supported me. As we journey to oneness in our Congregation, I eagerly await the new and transforming things Providence promises for our future.