Become a Sister

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Sisters of Providence in formation and members of the Formation Team visit the statue of Mother Joseph in Olympia, Wash.

Is God calling you?

Become a bridge of Providence between God and God's people. Blessed Emilie Gamelin, Foundress of the Sisters of Providence

Hearing the call to religious life is a great joy, but it is not always easy to discern. Every sister’s vocation story is different. Some women hear God’s call clearly, while others feel it in more subtle ways.

Signs of a call to religious life

You may be experiencing God’s call if you feel in your heart the urge to consider religious life and have recurring thoughts about it. Perhaps you are seeking greater purpose. Or you feel drawn to live simply, serve others and grow in union with God. Maybe someone you respect asked if you have thought about a religious vocation.

No matter what inner stirrings are moving you, we can help you explore your options and guide you through the discernment process.

Connect with us for more information or to schedule a “Come & See” experience:

Sisters of Providence Vocations: vocations@providence.org

Sister Margarita Hernandez, SP
Office: 425-525-3286
Cell: 206-979-0577

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Sister Marie-Thérèse Gnamazo, SP
Cell: 206-225-6828

Languages spoken: English, French, Italian

Answering the call

When a woman answers the call to religious life, she begins a formation period which continues until she professes final vows.

During this journey, she is supported by the entire religious community. But she is especially guided by the Formation Team – Sisters of Providence selected to accompany a woman as she first discerns her vocation, and then seeks deeper insight and understanding within religious life.

The Formation Team remains by her side as she grows in her vocation over several years, from candidate to novice, from first profession to final vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

Becoming a Sister of Providence

When you join the Sisters of Providence, you become part of an intercultural, international, intergenerational and interdependent community that serves as a bridge of providence – loving, protective care – between God and his people.

Women who choose to become Sisters of Providence today bring with them the collective experiences of their lifetimes: college degrees, professional work experiences, sometimes motherhood and, almost always, years of service to others.

Sisters of Providence represent diverse nationalities, cultures and ages. We embrace an active and supportive community life that leads to a deeper relationship with God and enables us to share the gifts God has given us through ministries with society’s most vulnerable individuals.

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“Here I am Lord; I come to do your will.”

Psalm 40