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Winter 2021-22

  • A Christmas Message from the Leadership Team
  • Reflections on 2021
  • In Service to God’s Love in Action: The Many Ministries of Mother Joseph Province
  • Gracias, Thank You
  • Renewing My Commitment to God
  • Historical Corner

Spring 2021

~ Making the most of life in lockdown at SJR
~ What we are looking forward to
~ Vocations: When God calls, stop and listen
~ Thank you, donors!
~ Around the Province
~ Rest in Peace: Maria Lourdes Cleto, SP; Mary Jane Fehrenbacher, PA; Margaret Halter, PA; Vickie Race, PA; Manuel Rodriguez Tamez, PA
~ Tribute to the lives lost to COVID-19
~ Remember in Prayer
~ Historical Corner (epidemics)
~ Vocation ad

Winter 2020

~ Christmas message from the Leadership Team
~ Reflections on a year like no other
~ Earth Committee moves toward ecological conversion
~ Teresa Huong Thi Nguyen professes final vows as a Sister of Providence
~ Thank you from El Salvador
~ Year-end appeal: Help put food on the table
~ Around the Province
~ Rest in peace: Sr. Felina Afinidad, Sr. Clarella Lois Mae Fink
~ Remember in prayer
~ Historical Corner (devotion to Our Mother of Sorrows)
~ Vocation ad

Summer 2020

~ Sisters of Providence in the time of coronavirus
~ Protests and prayer
~ Congratulations 2020 jubilarians
~ Thank you donors and benefactors
~ El Salvador fundraising appeal letter
~ A Providence Associate’s perspective on the pandemic
~ A call within a call: Sister Phuong Ha Nguyen transfers vows to Sisters of Providence
~ Around the Province
~ Rest in Peace: Rita Ferschweiler, SP
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Historical Corner (1918 influenza pandemic)
~ Vocation ad

Winter/Spring 2020

~ New Leadership Team begins term at Sisters of Providence, Mother Joseph Providence
~ Reclaiming Earth, one drop at a time
~ Sister Marie-Therese Gnamazo professes first vows as a Sister of Providence
~ Emilie Gamelin Mission Fund Committee & Leadership Team Donations 2019
~ Planning the Providence Associates 2020 international gathering
~ Around the Province
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Historical Corner (early leadership team)
~ Vocation ad

Fall 2019

~ Sister Karen Hawkins responds to the needs of our southern neighbors
~ West Seattle volunteer receives Mother Joseph Award
~ Providence Archivist Loretta Greene celebrates a milestone
~ Providence in action photo gallery
~ Creating “something new” – celebrating a covenant relationship
~ The associate-religious relationship
~ Jubilee Women’s Center expands services to women experiencing homelessness with Martha’s House
~ New sisters come together
~ Rest in Peace: Mary Clare Boland, SP; Stuart Cox, PA, and Barbara Cox, PA, PC
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Vocation ad
~ New Galerie Trinitas showcases the life and art of Sister Mary Trinitas

Summer 2019

~ 175th anniversary year closes with a flourish in Montreal
~ Reflections from Sr Marita Capili’s final vows ceremony
~ Novice from Bernarda Morin Province experiences religious life in Mother Joseph Province
~ Thank you, donors and benefactors from 2018
~ Jubilee 2019: Jo Ann Showalter, SP; Deling Fernando, SP; Ida Mae Marceau, SP; Judith George, SP; Helen Brennan, SP; Susan Fitzmorris, SP; Virginia Miller, SP; Dorothy Byrne, SP
~ A visit to the Providence Associate communities in the Philippines
~ Q&A with Sister Rosa Nguyen
~ Rest in Peace: Alice St. Hilaire, SP; Mary Margaret Kelly, SP; Jeannette Parent, SP; Alexis Melancon, SP; Frances Munson, PA; Betty Harrington, PA; Dorothy Miller, PA; Eunice Glass, PA; Robert Fuller, PA
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Vocation ad
~ Briefs: Transitions goes green to end poverty; Lew Ogilvie retires after 55 years with Providence; Barbara Cox is welcomed as a Providence Companion

Winter 2019

~ Addressing a community crisis: Sisters on a mission to impact homelessness
~ Emilie Gamelin Mission Fund Committee & Leadership Team Donations 2018
~ Good works & celebrations around Mother Joseph Province
~ Providence Associates Highlights
~ Obituaries: Rebecca Berghoff, SP; Joan Campbell, SP; Ella Pitre, PA; Mary Grondin, SP; and Claire Gagnon, SP
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Sister Gabrielle Nguyen receives Spirit of Emilie award
~ Vocation ad

Summer 2018

~ Sisters share their lives: Ministry among the people of El Salvador is challenging but very life-giving
~ Spokane-El Salvador connection: Parish’s sister relationship is a blessing for Providence Associate
~ Sixteen Jubilarians mark 25 to 75 years of religious life
~ Sister Rita Ferschweiler celebrates her 100th birthday
~ Vocation ad
~ Anawim: A place of Hope and Love (Sr. Marie-Thérèse Gnamazo)
~ 175 years: Sisters of Providence celebrate with gratitude the many blessings received
~ 2018 Mother Joseph Award and UProv Commencement: Sisters honor UProv law professor for community work for justice
~ Transitions’ Home Yard Cottages Underway
~ End of an era: Sisters say goodbye to 227 East 9th Avenue house in Spokane
~ A Jubilee resident receives her calling (Cassie)
~ Obituary: Linda Jo Reynolds, SP
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Briefs

  • Standing with the children: SP and OP sisters support call for sensible gun violence prevention
  • Sister Maria Lourdes leaves Spokane for Seattle
  • East Lake Washington Region of Providence Associates is back!
  • Dave Underriner receives MJ statue from the sisters and the sponsors
  • Sisters attend annual Providence High School gala in Burbank
  • Sister in transfer process becomes a U.S. citizen (Phuong Ha Nguyen, LHC

~ Sisters’ panel shares with PSJH leaders on mission, values and heritage
~ Introducing the new mission statement for Providence St. Joseph Health

Spring 2018

~ Sister Silvia Troncoso leaves Hispanic ministry in Yakima to return to Chile
~ V Encuentro in Diocese of Spokane is an “amazing” experience – Sr. Margarita Hernandez
~ Thank you to donors and benefactors (including wills and trusts)
~ Sister Karen Hawkins transitions from vocation ministry; Sister Margarita Hernandez to become vocation director
~ Committee to abolish the death penalty plans strategy for 2018
~ Vocation ad
~ Sister Rosa Sen Nguyen professes perpetual vows as a Sister of Providence
~ Mother Joseph Province welcomes Marie-Thérèse Gnamazo, of Cameroon, to the novitiate
~ Jubilee Women’s Center marks its 35th year with exciting changes – Cheryl Sesnon
~ Snapshots from El Salvador and the Philippines
~ Emilie Gamelin Mission Fund/Leadership Team Donations 2017
~ Obituaries

  • Evelyn Jenda, PA;
  • Margaret Mary Wilson, SP;
  • Maryann Bochsler, SP;
  • Virginia Murphy, PA;
  • Rose Byrne, SP

~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Briefs

  • Pat Carroll, Providence Health & Services chronicles coordinator, retires
  • Re-discover Providence Academy through a new historic tour
  • 2017 Sister Peter Claver Humanitarian Award (Rob McCann, president and CEO of Catholic Charities Eastern Washington
  • Providence St. Joseph Health Co-Sponsors’ Council has new officers (Sister Anita Butler ends her term)

~ Sisters of Providence celebrate 175th anniversary of congregation’s founding (A yearlong celebration begins)

Winter 2017

~ Christmas message from the Leadership Team
~ Intercommunity trip to CCS Farmworkers Center in Skagit Valley: Sisters and Associates learn firsthand about immigrants’ struggles
~ Mercy Housing Northwest breakfast celebrates its 25th anniversary
~ Transitions: People Who Care event raises $134,000
~Sisters support Jubilee’s Power of Possibility
~ Welcome to another Daughter of Mary from Uganda (Sister Mary Agnes Namutebi)
~ Renewal of vows (Srs. Rosa Nguyen and Marita Capili)
~ Annual appeal
~ Vocation ad (Discernment questions)
~ Obituaries
~ Lily May Emert, SP; Lois Murray, SP
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Introduction to a new parent organization: Providence St. Joseph Health (Display highlights the founding histories of Providence St. Joseph Health)
~ Briefs

  • Reclaiming Earth: Sisters take part in The Season of Creation (Joseph Aprile and Jeff Renner)
  • Sr. Susanne Hartung visits sisters in Holyoke, Massachusetts
  • Providence Associates form new region (East Lake Washington)
  • Mother Joseph featured in YWCA Walla Walla’s new book

~Sisters support Providence Centralia Hospital fundraiser
 ~Hands Around the Table: A sacred gesture by the health system’s clinical leaders

Fall 2017

~ General Chapter 2017: Sisters gather in Montreal to Joyfully Welcome and Proclaim God’s Dream
~ Sisters in Burbank, California, live the meaning of community
~ Providence High School treasure: Longtime educator Rafael Vega is awarded the Mother Joseph statue
~ 2017 Jubilee: Nine Sisters of Providence mark 25 to 80 years of religious life
~ Blessing of Providence John Gabriel House & Providence ElderPlace
~ Candidate from Cameroon inspired by Blessed Emilie Gamelin (Marie-Thérèse Gnamazo)
~ Transitions breaks ground on 24 cottages for the homeless in Spokane
~ Care Managers: The Heart of Jubilee Women’s Center
~ Vocation ad
~ Obituaries: Maryann Benoit, SP; Germaine Chabot, SP; Glenda Rose Moyers, PC
~ Please Pray For
~ Briefs

  • A birthday celebration for Mother Joseph: Providence Vincent House hosts the sisters
  • Providence Associate praised for active witness for justice in Seattle (Rev. Harriett Walden, PA)
  • Providence Associate honored as oldest active Catholic deacon on West Coast (Deacon Emile Adams, Jr., PA

Summer 2017

~ Mother Joseph Province sisters put their efforts into advocacy
~ Sister Peter Claver is named to Spokane Citizen Hall of Fame
~ Vocation ad
~ Sister Marita Capili attends UN Commission for Social Development
~ PA Region in Georgia: New Beginnings lead to New Life
~ 2017 Jubilarians – Nine Sisters of Providence mark 25 to 80 years of religious life
~ Sister Silvia Troncoso visits Chile for national meeting of Providence Associates
~ Transitions dreams big to house the homeless in Spokane
~ Mercy Housing Northwest project: Seattle forms public-private partnership to provide $35 million to support homeless families
~ Obituaries: Dorothy Zimmer, SP; Rev. Charles “Chuck” E. Schmitz, SJ; Omer William Entel, PA
~ Please Pray For
~ General Leadership Conference 2017, Montreal: Congregational leaders “Joyfully Welcome and Proclaim God’s Dream”
~ Briefs

  • Providence Associate from Cameroon returns to become a candidate (Marie Therese Gnamazo)
  • Sister Jacqueline Fernandes chosen for another term at SJR
  • Sisters share photos from their ministries: El Salvador (Sr. Vilma Franco), Burbank (Sr. Rosa Nguyen), Cottonwood, ID (Sr. Annette Seubert)

~ “LIFE—A Comparison,” poem by Sr. Lucy Villanova
~ Mid-year appeal for IPJC

Spring 2017

~ Sisters celebrate 160 years in the West and opening of SJR
~ MJP Leadership Team makes plans for year ahead
~ Sisters of Providence welcome Carolyn Lobo to the novitiate
~ Thank you to donors and benefactors (honor and memorial gifts)
~ Vocation ad
~ Sisters of Providence and Dominican Sisters of Tacoma begin covenant relationship
~ Sisters of Providence prepare for General Chapter in Montreal
~ Emilie Gamelin Mission Fund/Leadership Team Donations 2016
~ Provincial Councilor Josie Ramac visits the Philippines
~ Obituaries: Judith Roberts, SP; Marilyn Cecilia (Lentz) Sendek, PC; Thomas Leo Halter, PA; Blanca Sagles, SP
~ Please Pray For
~ Briefs

  • Sister Barbara Schamber named president of Providence Ministries
  • IPJC welcomes new executive director
  • New Providence Associate welcomed in Georgia region (Edie Beasley)
  • Sister Phuong Ha Nguyen is accepted for probationary transfer process
  • Sister Rosa wears habit on Mother Emilie Gamelin Day at Providence High School
  • Coming to America . . . and Sojourner Place (Brenda* returns to U.S. from Israel)
  • El Salvador Association meets in Seattle
  • Sisters travel to the Washington State Capitol for a hearing on the death penalty
  • Chinese New Year celebration

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Winter 2016

~ Christmas Message 2016
~ 2016: A year of milestones: Sisters celebrate beatification, opening of SJR and 160 years in the West
~ Sister Judy George transitions from role as Vocation Office manager; gives keys to Sister Liz Cole
~ Vocations: An invitation to Get To Know Us
~ Vocation ad
~ Ministry in Walla Walla: Sister Margarita Hernandez brings faith formation to Hispanic children and parents
~ JWC benefit breakfast: A story from Sojourner Place captures the program’s value (Sr. Jessica Taylor)
~ Mission Message: Grace through Transitions (Becky Nappi)
~ Empower Your Neighbor: Daughter of Mary’s passion leads SU students to create project in Uganda
~ A new face at SJR: Paskazia Nakitende, DM
~ Obituaries: Georgette Bayless, SP; Dorothy Klingele, SP
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Yearend appeal
~ Briefs

  • Welcome to 8 new Providence Associates (Walla Walla, Anchorage, Portland/Vancouver)
  • Sister Beverly Dunn goes to Guatemala with PHI
  • New president installed at University of Great Falls
  • Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA) annual gala
  • Building Bridges – Not Walls: School of the Americas Watch vigil and border convergence
  • New novice in Edmonton – Sister Mary Truong

Fall 2016

~ More than an education: El Salvador scholarship program creates active, engaged citizens
~ Becoming a missionary: Mission trip in Guatemala leads Sister Vilma Franco back to El Salvador
~ Vocation ad
~ Provincial Chapter (photo spread)
~ Perpetual vows: Vietnamese Martyrs Church hosts vow ceremony for Sister Hong Nga Nguyen
~ The gift of a birth at Sojourner Place
~ 2016 Jubilee (photo spread on vespers, banquet, Mass and reception)
~ Leaving the novitiate: Sister Liz Gress moves, taking 20 years of memories made with new sisters
~ Moments of Grace; Learning to companion with community members with dementia (SJR transition from Sr. Kaye Belcher to Sr. Pat Eley)
~ Volunteer prison chaplain shares story of her mission in Tacoma (Emeralda Santos)
~ Obituaries: Veryl Snowhill, PC, J.L. “Rusty” Mulcahy, PA, Mary Lou Hennessey, PA, Lois (Vodicka) Hagen, PA
~ Please Pray For
~ Briefs

    • King County Council member discusses “Women as Political Change Agents” (Jean Kohl-Welles)
    • Celebrating 130 years: Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center is marking a milestone
    • Sr. Rosa Sen Nguyen attends first graduation at Providence High School
    • Providence Companion reception in Southern California (Lillian Rouzan)
    • Providence Associates visit PAV (pilgrimage photo of Sr. Jean Schultz and Char Diss, PA
  • Providence Associate is chosen for national science and math teaching academy (Brenda Velasco, PA)

Summer 2016

~ Kindness and compassion earn the 2016 Mother Joseph Award (Maureen Morris and Becca Hawkins)
~ 2016 Jubilarians – Fifteen Sisters of Providence mark 25 to 80 years of religious life
~ Mother Joseph Province accepts seventh Providence Companion (Lillian Adams Rouzan, PA)
~ Vocation ad
~ Diversity and religious life presentation draws 134 sisters and a bishop (Sr. Mary Johnson, SNDdeN)
~ Obituaries:  Dorothy Zimny, SP; Shirley Smith, SP
~ Please Pray For
~ Briefs

  • Islam 101: Perceptions, Misconceptions and Context for the 21st Century (SJR)
  • Sr. Rosa Sen Nguyen becomes a U.S. citizen
  • Another honor for Cheryl Sesnon, JWC executive director (Golden Tennis Shoe award)
  • Dedication of Mother Joseph Farm
  • Sr. Kathryn “Kitsy” Rutan is honored at UGF graduation
  • Jack Mudd receives Mother Joseph statue

Spring 2016

~ Where have all the Sisters gone? A reflection from Sister Rosalie Locati on her ministry transition
~ Honoring Each Woman’s Transition at Jubilee (closing ceremony)
~ Vocation ad
~ Jubilee Executive Director Recognized for Community Service (Cheryl Sesnon)
~ Giving Tuesday gives early start to Year of Mercy at SJR
~ Laudato Si: Sisters’ study group considers actions to fight climate change
~ Thank you to donors and benefactors (honor and memorial gifts)
~ Sr. Lucille Dean embraces role as UGF interim president
~ Emilie Gamelin Mission Fund/Leadership Team Donations 2015
~ Obituaries: Srs. Mary Ann Meyer, Joan O’Brien, Naomi Hurd, Julie Ziocchi
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Recent grad Sister Margarita Hernandez reflects on her journey in Providence (U.S. citizenship)
~ Sister Suzette Bautista takes the oath as a U.S. citizen
~ Briefs

  • A new face at SJR: Sister Dominga Park, OSB
  • Father-Doctor Stan Malnar, PA, retires
  • Sister Maureen Newman joins Formation Team
  • Sister Dorothy Zimny celebrates 99 years in gathering at SJR
  • Sister Susanne Hartung is guest of honor at Providence Academy reception
  • Guatemala retreat and PHI program deeply touch Sr. Vilma Franco
  • Sr. Jo Ann Showalter takes LCWR leadership position
  • Sr. Annette Seubert retires from chaplaincy at Providence Holy Family Hospital, Spokane
  • Sister Joyce Green’s gifts as an emcee are legendary
  • Jubilee Year of Mercy (December 8, 2015, to November 20, 2016) – Sister Beverly Dunn
  • Blessed Emilie Gamelin birthday celebration in Spokane (Sr. Pam White)

Winter 2015

~ Christmas message from the Leadership Team
~ A Celebration: Sisters of Providence mark 25th anniversary in the Philippines
~ A dream realized: Sister Georgette Bayless awaits new in-patient hospice center in Everett
~ Pope Francis wins America over with grace, passion and an upturned thumb! (Sr. Barbara Schamber)
~ Bringing the spirit of community to Sojourner Place (LT dinner)
~ Jubilee Women’s Center and Transitions hold annual benefits
~ Reflections on ministry in El Salvador
~ Sister Marilyn Charette, Sister Marita Capili, Sister Marcia Gatica
~ Yearend appeal
~ Briefs

  • Vow renewals (Srs. Hong Nga Nguyen, Marita Capili and Rosa Sen Nguyen); Sr. Hong Nga becomes a U.S. citizen
  • Providence Associate honored at Bishop’s Brunch (Val Carlton in Spokane)
  • Missioning: Srs. Margarita Hernandez and Margaret Botch to Walla Walla
  • Something to look for on the website each week (Wednesday Earth Wisdom)
  • Sr. Beverly Dunn becomes candidate director
  • Recognition for service (Sr. Charlotte Van Dyke for ReWA)
  • Thank you for service (Sr. Judith Desmarais for LCWR board)
  • New Providence Associates in Burbank (Providence High School employees Michele Mullaly, Maribel Kuklish, Nicolas Estrada)
  • Mission Week (Sr. Susanne Hartung says thanks)
  • Photo earns a magazine cover and story (Sr. Sue Orlowski for Butterfly Gardener)

~ Congregational renewal engages and enlightens “middle group” of sisters (Sr. Maggie Pastro)
~ Books for Babes celebrates 10th anniversary in Walla Walla (Kay Barga, PA)
~ Vocation ad (Marisol Avìla)
~ Vocation ministry photo – Srs. Vilma Franco and Marisol Avìla)

Fall 2015

~ Encyclical by Pope Francis intensifies the global discussion of climate change
~ 2015 Provincial Chapter/Community Days wow the attendees
~ Corporate stance in favor of comprehensive immigration reform
~ “New Generations of Catholic Sisters: The Challenge of Diversity”
~ Editor’s note: Correction on Jubilee info for Sr. Maureen Newman
~ Sisters embrace education in preparation for ministry
~ Jubilee Celebration 2015 – photo spread
~ Congratulations to our graduates! (DM Srs. Maria Gorreth Nassali and Antony Tebitendwa, and Srs. Rosa Sen Nguyen, Hong Nga Nguyen and Huong Nguyen
~ International Formation Gathering
~ Cross-cultural experiences enrich: Sister Julie visits from the Philippines and discovers another world
~ Sister Claudia Ruiz, of BMP, explores life in Mother Joseph Province
~ Vocation ad (Year of Consecrated Life)
~ Sojourner Place Update: Reflections on the first year as part of Jubilee Women’s Center
~ Obituaries: Anna Marie Koval, SP; Ann Dolores Ybarrola, SP; Lois Hagen-Vodicka, PA
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Meet and greet: Regina LeVine, coordinator for Health & Well Being Office
~ Briefs

  • Sister Lucille Dean is acting UGF president
  • 90s picnic: Sisters from St. Joseph Residence enjoyed a relaxed afternoon in the sun
  • Kindred spirits meet (Sr. Joan Campbell and actor Mike Farrell)
  • Sister Karin Dufault gets a front-row seat for President Obama’s talk to CHA)
  • Human trafficking (in the Philippines) presentation makes an impact
  • Sr. Marisol’s vocation ministry (Quinotzca)
  • WPC celebration (35th anniversary)
  • Romero beatification: Sister Vilma Franco says thank you!

~Sister Maggie Pastro passes the baton at Providence Health Plans (after 18 years)

Summer 2015

~ Three sisters return to El Salvador for beatification of Archbishop Romero (Srs. Vilma Franco, Ana Dolores Orellana Gamero and Margarita Hernandez)
~ Last sisters leave ministry in Montana (Srs. Maryann Benoit and Ann Dolores Ybarrola)
~ Alaska doctor receives Mother Joseph Award (Dr. Cathy Baldwin-Johnson)
~ Sister Karin Dufault receives Lifetime Achievement Award (from Seattle Business) magazine
~ Sister Maureen Newman travels to Guatemala with PH&S health-care team
~ Sister Mary Phillips professes first vows in Holy Angels Province
~ 2015 Jubilarians: 10 Sisters of Providence mark 50, 60 and 70 years of religious life
~ Washington poet laureate visits St. Joseph Residence (Elizabeth Austen)
~ Eucharistic celebration held at home of Sisters of Providence in La Papalota
~ Provincial Administration staff members (photo and list from April 15 staff meeting)
~ Vocation ad (Year of Consecrated Life)
~ Obituaries: Agnes Mason, PA; Anna Burris, SP; Vincent John Rogers, PA; Anne Deuprey, SP
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Providence High School News

  • 25th anniversary of Medical Focus Program
  • Providence Singers from Burbank win festival awards and visit SJR and PH&S
  • PHS senior receives Christian Service Award from L.A. archbishop (Meghan Mei)
  • Student fundraiser for El Salvador raises $2,500

~ Briefs

  • Rosa Sen Nguyen, SP is recognized by honor society
  • Peace Community and friends stand for social justice
  • Sr. Marisol Avìla to do vocation ministry
  • Sr. Sharon Fitzpatrick is Alzheimer’s volunteer of the year
  • Women in Ministry Experience, August 1-7
  • Women religious recognized for prison and death penalty advocacy (Sr. Joan Campbell)
  • Sr. Chloe Keitges is recognized for volunteer service

Spring 2015

~ The Providence Scholarship (Beca) Program begins a new year
~ Ministry with the Salvadoran children thrives
~ The women crossing the U.S. border with Mexico are the pioneers (Sr. Marisol Avìla)
~ Getting to know candidate Carolyn “Lyn” Lobo, MD
~ Thank you to donors and benefactors
~ Two communities say thanks and farewell for the service of sisters there (Srs. Rose Byrne, 
Burbank, and Alice St. Hilaire, Yakima)
~ Carrying on the Ministry at Sojourner Place (Sr. Jessica Taylor)
~ Ritual marks transition for Sojourner Place ministry
~ Sisters thank and bless outgoing and incoming leadership (2010-14 and 2015-19)
~ Two laywomen join the Mother Joseph Province Leadership Team (Jennifer Hall and Wendy Iwami)
~ Emilie Gamelin Mission Fund/Leadership Team Donations 2014
~ Obituary – Claire Yvonne Bouffard, SP
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Vocation ad (Year of Consecrated Life)
~ Briefs

  • Fort Vancouver National Trust acquires Providence Academy
  • Yakima region welcomes four new Providence Associates
  • From glamour girl to inmate (Sister Sue Orlowski for Transitions)
  • Sister Vilma Franco becomes a U.S. citizen
  • Seattle, Portland and Spokane events celebrate Year of Consecrated Life

~ “Young” sisters share their hopes and dreams for the future of religious life (55 and younger)

Winter 2014

~ Christmas message from the Leadership Team
~ Profiles of new leadership (2015-2019)

  • Get to know Provincial Councilor Joan Gallagher, SP
  • Get to know Provincial Councilor Josefina “Josie” Ramac, SP

~ Mother Joseph Province receives new candidate (Carolyn “Lyn” Lobo, MD
~ Sisters of Providence support Native people’s opposition to fossil-fuel transport
~ Discovering Joy and Grace in Ministry (Sr. Bea LaFramboise leaves vocation ministry)
~ A New Era for Sojourner Place (collaboration with Jubilee Women’s Center)
~ Following God’s call:

Sister spends two weeks as a compassionate presence at the border (Charlene Hudon, SP)

~ Teresa Huong Thi Nguyen professes first vows as a Sister of Providence
~ General Leadership Team from Montreal visits Mother Joseph Province
~ Obituaries: Katherine Ann Markel, SP; Georgette Jean, SP; John P. “Jack” Greeley; Gary Lauby and Jeffrey “Scott” Lauby; Father J. Severyn Westbrook
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Briefs

  • Sisters are celebrity models in fashion show in Spokane (Hope House)
  • Sister Marie-Claire Soucy returns to Seattle (from Argentina)
  • New Providence Associate in Walla Walla (Kay Workman)
  • Stained-glass window in North Hollywood Church (Blessed Emilie Gamelin)

~ 2015 is the Year of Consecrated Life

Fall 2014

~ Return to La Papalota:

  • Sisters to focus their El Salvador ministry on education and formation of youth
  • Sisters’ mission in El Salvador has evolved over time
  • Appeal for scholarship fund donations

~ Mother Joseph Province receives two new Providence Companions (Shirley Hofmeister and Patricia Weidinger)
~ Sister Julie Macasieb visits with donors to typhoon relief in the Philippines (in Yakima, Wash.)
~ Discernment Chapter: Sisters of Providence elect 2015-19 leadership (Sisters Judith Desmarais, Jo Ann Showalter, Joan Gallagher and Josie Ramac)
~ Vocation ad
~ 2014 Jubilee celebration (reflection by Sister Charlotte Van Dyke)
~ Footsteps of Blessed Emilie Gamelin: Providence Associates make pilgrimage to Montreal for “Formation for Mission”
~ 61 years later: Return to Montreal is “unbelievable” and a “healing experience” (Sister Virginia Miller)
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Sister Rosa Sen Nguyen studies abroad with Gonzaga University students
~ Briefs

  • Sister Jessica Taylor receives special honor at Seattle University graduation (Rev. Dr. Clinton McNair Award)
  • Sister Clare Lentz named candidate director
  • MACC gathering held in Montreal (Museums, Archives, Causes and Communications)
  • A visit with Sister Julie Ziocchi is a “Wish of a Lifetime”
  • Sisters Marisol (Avilia) and Marcia (Gatica) welcomed to MJP
  • Sister Rose Byrne is honored by St. Joseph Medical Center Guild
  • NRVC/RFC regional gatherings in Renton mark anniversaries
  • S.S. Emilie: Providence High School students take solar boat to competition
  • New Providence Associate in Yakima (Patricia Flores, Yakima, Wash.)
  • NW Immigrant Rights gala held in Seattle
  • Dominican Heritage Display Art Wall dedicated: Providence Holy Family Hospital celebrates 50 years
  • Board of Directors meeting August 9-10: Providence Associates endorse sisters’ stance to end the death penalty

~ 51 years of service: Lew Ogilvie, Providence mailroom coordinator, given Mother Joseph statue

Summer 2014

~ Welcoming three sisters: Sisters of Providence add the Philippines to Mother Joseph Province
~ Meet the newest members of Mother Joseph Province

  • (Srs. Julia (Julie) Macasieb
  • Dalisay (Beth) Rayray
  • Lucila (Lucy) Velasquez)

~ A bit of history on the Sisters of Providence mission in the Philippines
~ Holy Week: Two provincial councilors visit the sisters and associates in the Philippines (Srs. Celia Chappell and Jo Ann Showalter)
~ 2014 Jubilarians (14)
~ Local community celebrations – St. Joseph Residence and Spokane, 2014 retreat
~ Mini-pilgrimage: Foundresses and community’s history in stained glass welcome Renton visitors
~ Rededication and blessing: St. Joseph of the Flood statue finds home at St. Joseph Residence
~ Community dinner for boards: Jubilee Women’s Center and Sojourner Place break bread together
~ From the Jubilee Women’s Center
~ Two sisters are inducted into academic honor societies (Srs. Rosa Sen Nguyen and Jessica Taylor)
~ Mission trip to Vietnam: Sisters joins Hope Initiative (Sr. Gabrielle Nguyen)
~ Sisters of Providence have a Little Free Library
~ Obituaries – Sister Rose Marie Dillman, Lucila Alvarez Alba, PA (no photo)
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Briefs

  • Karin Dufault, SP, receives honorary degree from Saint Martin’s University
  • Two sisters from Chile join MJP (Srs. Marcia Gatica and Marisol Avilà
  • Olympia bill signing (Alzheimer’s disease volunteer Sr. Sharon Fitzpatrick)
  • Sister Karen Hawkins appointed vocation director
  • National Catholic Sisters Week featured in Women’s History Month in 2014
  • Five new Providence Associates in Georgia (Stephanie Nash, Melissa Van Hall, Tracy Anthony, Annette Martinez, Lisa Fowler)
  • Sr. Marie-Claire Soucy is off on another adventure (Argentina)
  • Pizza party in Spokane (Emilie Court sisters hosted by Frank and Sharon Bouten)
  • There’s no such thing as retirement: Just ask Sisters Rita Bergamini and Mary Clare Boland
  • “We Love the Sisters” spring tea at St. Joseph Residence

~ Sacred Heart Maternity Clinic named for “Father-Doctor Stan” Malnar, PA
~ Vocation ad

Spring 2014 

~ Sisters sell Mount St. Joseph to Providence Health & Services – Washington
~ A season of farewells:

  • Longtime Providence employees leave with the sisters’ thanks and appreciation
  • Sojourner Place farewells (Sr. KC Young, OP, and Gemalee Morrison)

~ Messages from our travelers (Sr. Annette Seubert, El Salvador; Sr. Vilma Franco, El Salvador; Sr. Sue Orlowski, Chile)
~ Reflections on serving as Sisters of Providence novitiate director (Sr. Margaret Botch)
~ Sr. Celia Chappell to serve as bi-province novitiate director
~ Two Chilean sisters profess perpetual vows in Seattle ceremony (Srs. Marisol Avilà and Marcia Gatica)
~ Sisters reflect on tragedy in the Philippines (Typhoon Haiyan) – Sr. Clare Lentz
~ Thank you to donors and benefactors
~ Obituaries: Sister Scholastic Lee, Mary Murtha, PA; Dolores M. Hennessey, PA
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Vocation ad
~ Emilie Gamelin Mission Fund/Leadership Team Donations
~ Briefs

  • A blessed birthday celebration (Sr. Dorothy Byrne, 90)
  • A new face in Renton (Blessed Emilie Gamelin statue)
  • Sisters take to the runway (Sr. Joan Campbell and Eileen Walsh, OP-T, at O’Trees
  • Sisters at Emilie Court form new local community

Winter 2013

~ Christmas message from the Leadership Team
~ Three sisters are missioned to international experiences (El Salvador – Srs. Annette Seubert and Vilma Franco, Chile – Sr. Sue Orlowski)
~ Sr. Chauncey Boyle joins PH&S board of directors
~ Roncalli International Foundation board president (Guy Courchesne) visits MJP
~ A Cause To Dine For – speakers tell it like it is about women and homelessness
~ Annual appeal – Put women and children on your Christmas list
~ Four new board members join Providence Pariseau Corp., sponsor of Sojourner Place
~ Sr. Marita Capili professes first vows in Spokane
~ Sr. Kathryn Rutan accepts interim leadership post in Vermont
~ Sr. Anna Marie Koval is missioned to Seattle
~ Corporate stance: Sisters plan steps to bring end to death penalty
~ Vocation ad
~ Volunteer (Janelle Otterholt) finds dream job in Sisters of Providence Library
~ Jubilee donation benefits Sisters of Providence in Haiti
~ Obit: Wilma Louis Fitzgerald, SP
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Briefs

  • Holy Family Hospital says farewell to Sister Annette Seubert
  • New Providence Associate (Pat Koetter) welcomed in Seattle
  • A gathering of special friends (Filipino sisters at Twin Lakes)
  • Travels – Sr. Joyce Green at the beach in Oregon and Sr. Inez Arkell at Monarch, Mont.
  • Sr. Suzette becomes chaplain in northeastern Washington
  • Two Sisters of Providence renew vows (Srs. Rosa Sen Nguyen and Hong Nga Nguyen)
  • Sr. Dolores Ellwart moves from DeSmet, Idaho, to Spokane
  • PAs in Greater Seattle renew their commitment

~ Nun on campus (Sr. Rosa Sen Nguyen): reflections on her education

Fall 2013

~ (In California, Arizona/Mexico and Guatemala) Sisters give a voice and a hand to support those in need:

  • Nuns on the Bus (Sr. Charlene Hudon)
  • Guatemala (Sr. Kitsy Rutan)
  • SOA Border Watch (Sr. Jo Ann Showalter)

~ 2013 Mother Joseph Award profile – Dr. Darin Neven, Spokane
~ Community Days/Provincial Chapter
~ Sisters adopt corporate stance to end the death penalty
~ 2013 Jubilee celebration photos
~ Passing the baton: Sr Joan Gallagher ends term as vocation director; succeed by Sr. Karen Hawkins
~ Sr. Anna Loan Nguyen leads long-term retreat for Dominican sisters in Vietnam
~ Sr. Margarita Hernandez professes perpetual vows in Seattle
~ Sr. Sue Orlowski visits White Violet Center in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind.
~ Vocation ad
~ Obits: Maria Teresa Lopez, SP, Keith Abrahams, PA, Please Remember in Prayer
~ Briefs

  • Sisters present MJ statue to retiring PH&S Oregon Region CEO (Greg Van Pelt)
  • Farewell celebration for Sr. Maribeth Carson in Everett
  • Graduation photo – Srs Antony Tebitendwa, DM, and Maria Gorreth Nassali, DM
  • VOCARE 2013 – Vocation retreat in Spokane draws 37 young women, including 18 returnees
  • Sr. Ana Dolores Orellana-Gamero leaps over another educational hurdle
  • Sr. Marie-Claire Soucy returns from Haiti
  • Sr. Vilma Franco graduates in early childhood education
  • A student’s special project leads to a special tour (Jessica Rehmann at PAV)
  • Blessing of historical marker remembering the Maryknoll Church and School (Srs. Joan Campbell and Mary Clare Boland)
  • Two sisters “graduate” from Institute of Law and Religious Life (Srs Judith Desmarais and Jo Ann Showalter)
  • Susan Keyes, PA, retires from PH&S Ministry Leadership Formation

~ Women of Providence gather in Renton
~ Canonical novice arrives from Holy Angels Province in Edmonton, Alberta (Sr Mary Phillips)
~ Peace Community installs Peace Pole at Caritas Court

Summer 2013

~ 2013 Mother Joseph Award recipients Teresa Bigelow, Seattle, and Dr. Darin Neven, Spokane
~ 2013 Jubilarians (12)
~ News from the Philippines:

    • Sr. Clare Lentz’s ministry
    • Sr. Lina Afinidad’s Jubilee celebration
  • visit from Provincial Superior Judith Desmarais

~ Two more Ugandan sisters graduate from Seattle University – Srs. Antony Tebitendwa and Maria Gorreth Nassali
~ News from El Salvador:

    • Farewell celebration for Sr. Pauline Lemaire; visit from Sr. Karen Hawkins and Provincial Superior Judith Desmarais
    • UGF presents Manus Dei Medal Award to Sr. Mary Kaye Nealen
  • Ministry at Rod’s House in Yakima (Srs. Josie Ramac, Fidela Adriano and Roberta Rorke)

~ Obits: Imelda Marie Flynn, SP,  June Anne (Hardy) McFaul, PA, Lucy Margaret St. Hilaire, SP. Father Neill R. Meany, SJ, PA
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Briefs

  • Sisters honored with Spirit of Marianwood award
  • Sr. Rebecca Berghoff reads to children at The Mount
  • Intercultural life experience by Sr. Sharon Fitzpatrick from Montreal
  • Sr. Helen Brennan honored by IPJC
  • SPs host WPC vocation, formation and leadership reps at SJR
  • Mother’s Day Tea benefits Sojourner Place

~ Staff pilgrimage to Vancouver, Wash.

Spring 2013

~ Sister Celia Chappell becomes new provincial councilor
~ Ritual marks closure of health-care unit at Mount St. Joseph
~ Thank you to donors and benefactors
~ Women & Spirit documentary advertisement
~ Emilie Gamelin Mission Fund/Leadership Team donations 2012
~ Eyes on El Salvador ministry
~ SHARE delegation visits El Salvador; launches scholarship
~ Providence Pariseau board and corporate members adopt strategic plan
~ Congregational leader visits Providence Associate’s ministry in Cameroon
~ Obituaries: Carole Marie Morin, SP, Cecile Roux, SP ,Margaret Eileen Croghan, SP, Mary Ann Shearer, SP, Patricia Carole Vartanian, SP
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Briefs

  • New PA in Burbank (Linda Wyatt)
  • Sister comes from Philippines for cross-cultural experience (Lucy Vasquez, SP)
  • Program at Spokane intercommunity ministry adds a greenhouse (New Leaf Bakery Café)
  • Water damage at SJR
  • Two artists meet (Dale Chihuly and Sr. Lucy Villanova)
  • Sister Margarita (Hernandez) leads retreat
  • SHMC dedicates new children’s emergency center
  • Annual benefit dinner and silent auction benefits Sojourner Place (ValenDine)

~ Who Are the Elderly? (Poem by Sr. Maria Reilly, SP)
~ Vocation ad

Winter 2012

~ Christmas Message from the Leadership Team
~ Leadership Transition: SPs choose Judith Desmarais, SP, as provincial superior
~ Editor’s note: Marilyn Sendek, PC, no longer plans retreats at L’Arche
~ Farewell celebrations for Sister Karin Dufault, new general superior
~ Provincial Chapter
~ Missioning of sponsors
~ Jubilee 2012
~ Sister Myrta Iturriaga returns to rural Washington as a missionary
~ Vocations: Sister Vilma Franco professes perpetual vows in Spokane
~ Blog update: “Are You Hearing God’s Call?” takes a hiatus
~ Vocation ad
~ “The Land of the Midnight Sun Comes Alive” when Sister Helen Brennan goes to Fairbanks
~ Web extra photo gallery
~ Obits: Loretta Marie Marceau, SP, Marie E. Kemper, PA, James W. Plampin, PA
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Briefs

  • Sisters help Providence St. Peter Hospital bless Critical Care Unit
  • Sojourner Place celebrates 25 years with ice cream social
  • Mary Tyllia, PA, receives Sister Peter Claver Award nomination
  • Sister Ana Dolores earns her GED
  • Transito Ruano Castro, PA, receives WOLA Award
  • Sister Dolores Ellwart attends Cataldo pilgrimage events
  • Transitions marks 10th anniversary; presents Pizelo Award

~ Annual appeal: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Fall 2012

~ Welcome home and farewell – Sr. Kathryn Rutan to return to MJP; General Chapter delegates choose Sr. Karin Dufault as general superior and Sr. ~ ~ Mary Kaye Nealen as general councilor

Other General Chapter news

~ LCWR annual assembly decides next steps in responding to CDF report
~ Holy Names sisters evacuated by fire receive hospitality at MSJ
~ Rio + 20 report from Provincial Councilor Jo Ann Showalter
~ Sr. Clarella Fink elects to move from Spokane to SJR
~ Sr. Jessica Taylor professes perpetual vows in Seattle
~ Are You Hearing God’s Call? Blog promo
~ Vocation ad
~ PAs from Great Falls visit Montreal for Footsteps of Mother Gamelin
~ Mother Joseph Province welcomes fourth Providence Companion (Marilyn Sendek, PA)
~ Sr. Clare Lentz finds purpose and joy in ministry in the Philippines
~ Obits: Mary Leona Miller, SP, Jean M. White, PA, Virginia Jean Cory, PA
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Briefs

  • Associates gather at WPC and at NACAR in Chicago
  • Sisters help cut ribbon at Providence High School (new science center)
  • Vocare retreat draws young women from across the Inland Northwest
  • New Health & Well Being coordinator (Patty Beattie, OP)
  • St. John’s Academy reunion (Srs. Cecilia Paganessi and Dolores Elwart)
  • Sr. Margarita Hernandez renews vows
  • PA anniversaries in Walla Walla (Mary Ruzicka and Agnes Mason)
  • Sr. Vilma Franco earns certificate in theological and pastoral studies

~ A Cause To Dine For benefits Sojourner Place ministry
~ Kudos to Transito Ruano Castro, PA, on an international honor (2012 Human Rights Award from WOLA)

Summer 2012

~ Sisters of Providence receive 2012 Centennial Bishop’s Medal
~ Last Sister of Providence leaves Vancouver, Wash., home of the congregation’s roots
~ Trust launches capital campaign to purchase/restore Providence Academy in Vancouver
~ 2012 Jubilee celebration (12)
~ General Conference, Santiago Chile – Five Leadership Team members travel to Chile for “A Loving Look at Local Community Life”
~ Sisters visiting from Chile renew temporary vows
~ Sister Fe Sumalde celebrates 15 years as a chaplain in Yakima.

Other SPs serving as chaplains are Annette Seubert, Mary Clare Boland, Suzette Bautista, Blanca Sagles, Teresa White

~ Providence Associate Rev. Harriett Walden has passion for social justice
~ Vocations

  • Prayer for Vocations – SPs welcome novice to join 9 others in initial formation (Huong Nguyen)
  • Vocation ad

~ Veryl Snowhill becomes a Providence Companion
~ Mary Anne Coles becomes a candidate
~ Emilie Gamelin Mission Fund/Leadership Team donations 2011
~ Obits: Gertrude A. Woodson, PA, Martha E. Markarian, PA
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Briefs

    • New U.S. citizen (Sr. Blanca Sagles)
    • Sister returns to site of former ministry to offer prayer at celebration (Sr. Rita Ferschweiler)
    • Sister Mary Kaye Nealen gives keynote address in France
    • Feeding the people (Sr. Annette Seubert and Kathy Danforth at House of Charity)
    • New LCWR leadership role (Sr. Judith Desmarais, Region XV chair-elect)
    • Sister Suzette Bautista earns special certification
    • Sister Anna Loan Nguyen completes pastoral counseling program
    • Table of the King in Portland (Sr. Maggie Pastro, et al)
    • Missioning of sisters crossing the mountains from East to West (Srs. Lois Murray, Dorothy Zimmer, Therese Multz and AnnMary Vu)
  • Providence High School Gala

~ Mother’s Day Tea is special event (benefit for Sojourner Place)
~ Sr. Rita Ferschweiler receives honorary doctorate from University of Portland

Spring 2012

~ Spotlight on ministry in El Salvador

  • Sr. Fran’s friends in El Salvador bid her a fond farewell
  • Looking ahead to what’s on the horizon in El Salvador
  • Sr. Marilyn Charette joins Sr. Pauline Lemaire

~ 2011 Mother Joseph Award: “Hospice Angel” Jacqueline Glass, Torrance, CA
~ Providence group visits Haiti to research health care expansion possibilities (Sr. Judith Desmarais)
~ Special Mass celebrates Sister Dolores Ellwart
~ Advent Vocation Discernment Retreat Day held in Seattle
~ Promo for blog by sisters in formation and Vocation Committee
~ Vocation ad
~ Meet a few of the scholarship recipients in El Salvador

Scholarship appeal for support in El Salvador

~ Thank you to donors and benefactors, January 1, 2011, through December 31, 2011
~ Briefs

  • St. Joseph Residence hosts dinner for Jesuit Volunteers
  • Anti-death penalty advocates take case to Olympia
  • John Dear, SJ, author and peace activist, speaks to sisters and associates
  • PA moves into mayor’s office (Deacon Jim Barrow, Walla Walla)
  • So what happens in a Come & See experience? (progressive dinner)
  • Providence Hospitality House is remembered and appreciated
  • Chilean sisters return to MJP to continue formation and discernment (Srs. Marcia Gatica and Marisol Àvila)

~ Obituaries: Cecile Laprise, SP,  Roberta Marie (Bobbie) Harnetiaux, PA
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Sisters, associates and friends act to help Salvadorian flood victims

Winter 2011

~ Christmas message from the Leadership Team
~ Spokane cemetery dedicates religious life memorial
~ Providence Hospitality House closes
~ Providence Portland Medical Center anniversary

  • Last two resident sisters leave
  • Special recognition for SP heroine (Sr. Rita Ferschweiler)

~ Spotlight on vocations

  • Sr. Marita Capili becomes novice
  • Sr. Hong Nga Nguyen and Sr. Rosa Sen Nguyen profess first vows
  • Sr. Vilma Franco renews vows

~ Memorial wall dedicated at SHMC
~ Briefs

  • Anti-death-penalty speaker comes to SJR
  • Never thought we’d see this (Sr. Sue Orlowski models in Hope House fashion show)
  • New Providence Associate (Laurie Tanita, Medford, Ore.)
  • Sister Peter Claver Award (Chris Peterson)
  • Birder makes her mark in magazine (Sr. Sue Orlowski)
  • Transitions benefit is a success
  • Formation for catechists (organized by Sr. Margarita Hernandez)

~ Sisters visit Washington State Capitol in Olympia
~ Obituary:  Marie Pizelo, PA
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Annual appeal (for Sojourner Place)
~ Vocation ad
~ Collaboration allows sister to come from China to study (Sr. Bosco Song Yan Li)

Fall 2011

~ International Formation Experience: New sisters share thoughts
~ New headstones mark sister’s burial plots in historic St. Ignatius cemetery
~ Providence Associate organizes event: Sisters attend Indigenous Grandmothers’ gathering in Alaska
~ Prophets of Justice: Sister Renate Hayum is honored by St. Patrick’s Church, Seattle
~ Providence delegation carries gift to aid restoration to sisters in Chile
~ Sisters of Providence leaders visit LCWR exhibit in California
~ 2011 Jubilee celebration
~ Obituary: Jeanette A. Benson, SP
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Briefs

  • Ministries for women and children benefit from A Cause To Dine For
  • Sisters join in blessing of innovative new medical tower in Everett
  • In memory of Sister Carolyn (statue blessing at Providence Centralia)
  • Our gardens are in bloom (Sr. Charlene in Skagit Valley and Sr. Roberta in Yakima)
  • Continuing the legacy of feeding the poor (Srs. Pam and Rosalie at SHMC picnic)
  • Intercommunity vocation retreat (VIVA)

~ Find us on Facebook
~ Mother Joseph Award
~ New Providence Associate (Laura Keim in Seattle)
~ Renton conference center named in honor of Chuck Hawley
~ Nonagenarians unite! (90-year-old club at SJR)
~ Vocation ad
~ Provincial Chapter attendees include two scheduled for Come and See experience

Summer 2011

~ Provincial tours Vietnam; meets with sisters’ families
~ 2011 Jubilee celebration (18)
~ Sisters receive honors from the State of Montana
~ Annual appeal
~ Thank you and farewell: Jesuits to leave St. Joseph’s Parish in Yakima
~ Mother Joseph Province welcomes second Providence Companion (Theresa Reda, PC)
~ Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center celebrates milestone (125 years)
~ Vocation ad
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Briefs

  • University of Great Falls dedicates Sr. Rita Mudd Hall and Providence Plaza (honors Sr. Mary Kaye Nealen)
  • Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America opens in Los Angeles
  • Providence Child Center hosts reception for Sr. Julie Ziocchi
  • Congress for the Evangelization of Families held in Yakima (Sr. Silvia Troncoso is organizer)
  • Sr. Chauncey Boyle retires from Providence Vincent House
  • Montreal is well represented at WPC meeting (vocation, formation and leadership liaisons)
  • WPC leadership (Sr. Karin Dufault, treasurer)
  • New candidate director (Sr. Karen Hawkins)
  • Building Bridges conference (Sr. Katherine Smith)
  • Sponsors and sisters break bread together (Portland)
  • Kudos! (Srs. Hong Nga Nguyen and Margarita Hernandez)

~ Sisters of Providence honor Joan Pinkerton Tucker for Mother Joseph portrayals

Spring 2011

~ Celebration in Uganda: Sisters of Providence join Daughters of Mary for 100th anniversary events;

Also visit Cameroon

~ Reflections on the trip to Uganda and Cameroon
~ Providence Associates in El Salvador to develop ludoteca
~ Providence Associate in Yakima relishes community organizing (Ninfa Gutierrez)
~ Thank you to donors
~ Fire destroys historic boarding school in DeSmet, Idaho (Sr. Dolores Ellwart)
~ Fire in Chile ravages buildings on Sisters of Providence campus
~ International formation experience

  • Two sisters from Chile arrive in Mother Joseph Province
  • Sisters visiting from Haiti and Cameroon share their thoughts

~ UGF students make a difference and broaden their perspectives in El Salvador
~ Emilie Gamelin Mission Fund donations 2010
~ Obituaries: Dorothy St. Germaine, PA, Paul-Gabriel Desilets, SP, Renate Hayum, SP
~ Please Remember in Prayer

  • “New” novitiate director is selected (Sr. Margaret Botch)
  • New Providence Associate in Spokane (Theresa Stallman)
  • Providence Pariseau welcomes three new board members (Sr. Kaye Belcher, Gemalee Morrison, Matthew Volta
  • Vocation events
  • LENT Vocation Discernment Retreat Day (April 2, Bellevue)
  • Summer weekend vocation retreat (July 9-10, Lacey)

~ Vocation ad
~ Find us on Facebook!

Winter 2010

~ Christmas greeting from the Leadership Team
~ MJ Award 2010 presented to Rev. Dr. David Dumcombe, of White Salmon
~ University of Great Falls names residence hall in honor of Sister Rita Mudd
~ Haiti’s children send their love to new friends in Pomeroy, Wash.
~ Province has first Providence Associate in Africa (Marie-Thèrèse Gnamazo)
~ Sisters of Providence present MJ statue to Bishop William S. Skylstad
~ Annual appeal
~ International experience: Sisters in initial formation visit MJP
~ Sisters honored for 25 years of supportive housing ministry
~ PH&S staffers set aside day to reflect on the mission
~ Obituary: Jane Dufault, SP
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Briefs

  • Providence Sacred Heart announces annual Sister Peter Claver Award (Jan Martinez)
  • Double honors for Sr. Julie Ziocchi
  • Sr. Jo Ann Showalter meets with UNANIMA International board
  • A day brightener from Sr. Charlene Hudon (citizenship of Rubi Larrabee)
  • New face in Provincial Administration (Kathy Clark)
  • SP website receives a makeover
  • 50 years later: Sr. Rita thanks and blesses artificial heart valve co-inventor (Dr. Starr)
  • Strangers no more: Communication directors meet at NCNWR (Jennifer & Nadia)
  • Walla Walla region welcomes new Providence Associate (Deanna Smith)

~ North American archivists meet in Seattle
~ Vocation ad

Fall 2010

~ Our Lady of Providence sisters join in Congregational Retreat
~ MJP/OLP Congregational Retreat
~ Provincial Chapter: Giving Many Voices Equal Voice
~ St. Thomas Child and Family Center celebrates its centennial
~ Cemetery tour in Eastern Washington, Idaho and Montana is a history lesson

Cemetery trip inspires awe (Kathy Bergman reflects)

~ Treasurer’s transition completed
~ 2010 Jubilee celebration; The Missioning of Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart by Blessed Emilie Gamelin
~ Obituaries: Carolyn Margaret Koreski, SP, Mary Eileen Gleason, SP, Philomena Bridget Byrne, SP, Mary K. (Spies) Rose, PA, Thelma Carter, PA
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Briefs

  • Sisters of Providence present Mother Joseph statues to Providence executives
  • Coming to the West! Women & Spirit exhibit
  • Sister Mary Hawkins is interim principal at Providence High School
  • Lectureship honors Sr. Karin Dufault’s work in palliative care field
  • Providence Archives launches digital database
  • You have arrived (new Provincial Administration sign in Renton)
  • Missioning Ritual
  • Women’s Hearth (Transitions, Spokane) bids farewell to longtime director
  • Sisters in formation renew vows (Jessica Taylor and Margarita Hernandez)

~ Providence ElderPlace writer (Ginny Foster) finds inspiration in Mother Joseph

Summer 2010

~ Sisters make pilgrimage “In the Footsteps of Emilie …”
~ General Conference: A time of sharing in Montreal, April 11-13
~ Sisters of Providence thank Pomeroy students for $2,030 for Haiti
~ Sisters and friends reach out to help survivors of natural disasters (Haiti and Chile)
~ 2010 Jubilee celebration (13)
~ Province accepts new candidate (Teresa Huong Thi Nguyen)
~ Vocation ad
~ 30th anniversary: Sisters join in El Salvador commemoration of the death of Archbishop Romero
~ Briefs

  • Saving the earth, one person at a time
  • Regional Conference brings visitors from Montreal
  • St. Joseph Care Center dedicates window
  • Mother Joseph Day: Actress portrays Mother Joseph at Providence Marianwood
  • Change at SJR (Sr. Kaye Belcher replaces Barbara Larson)
  • Ministry fundraisers (Run With Nuns, Mother’s Day Tea, A Cause to Dine For)
  • Meet Dr. Dean (University of Great Falls honorary degree)
  • Stop the Demand (bus campaign in Tacoma/Pierce County)
  • ESL graduate (Sr. Vilma Franco)
  • Congratulations!: Sr. Dianne Crawford (sister advocate for Tacoma Dominicans), Sr. Gabrielle Nguyen (nursing license), SPs (flowers from St. Joseph
  • Family Center)
  • “New” vocation director named (Sr. Joan Gallagher)

~ Sister experiences Russian Orthodox Church and city’s historic elegance (Sr. Charlotte Van Dyke in St. Petersburg)
~ Spring Break at UGF: Students take part in service/mission trip to Seattle
~ Obituaries: Gilberte Parent, SP, Marleen Hull, SP, Elizabeth Jean Joyce, SP, Virginia Jean Paul, SP, Lillian Marie Deslauriers, SP, Ursula Emily Beaulieu, SP, Lorraine Hofmeister, SP

~ Please Remember in Prayer

Spring 2010

~ Providence responds to the Earthquake in Haiti
~ Two lay women added to Leadership Team
~ A fond farewell to the 2005-09 Leadership Team
~ Thank you to donors
~ Obits: Pauline Higgins, SP, Marian Therese Kohles, SP
~ Providence Health International returns to El Salvador
~ Emilie Gamelin Mission Fund donations 2009
~ Briefs

  • More honors for Sister Carolyn
  • New graduate (Gabrielle Nguyen, SP)
  • Nuns at Noon
  • Providence Pariseau welcomes new board members and leadership
  • Staff anniversaries
  • New interim director at Providence Hospitality House
  • Providence Associate news

~ Vocation ad
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Building Bridges 10th educational conference
~ SOA Watch – Another generation (Jessica Taylor, SP)

Winter 2009

~ Christmas message from the Leadership Team (Sr Margaret Botch)
~ 2009 Mother Joseph Award (Ruth Palnick, Spokane)
~ Profiles of new leadership (2010-14)
~ Hearing God’s call – Marita Capili, candidate
~ Providence Companion – JoAnn Kelly
~ The Gift of Service – WA/MT region
~ Annual appeal
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Briefs

  • Renewal of vows (Sr Vilma Franco)
  • Rosa Sen Nguyen welcomed into novitiate
  • Witness for Peace (Sr Fran Stacey in Honduras)
  • Provincial Penguins (Halloween)
  • Provincial staff honors Blessed Emilie Gamelin
  • Gift for SJR (MEG statue)
  • New Providence Associates in LA

~ Vocation ad
~ Missioning ceremony for new PH&S sponsors

Fall 2009

~ Sister Jo Ann Showalter visits UN as UNANIMA delegate to CSD-17
~ Hong Nga Nguyen enters novitiate
~ Sister Suzette Bautista tranfers vows
~ Vocation Discernment Retreat 2009
~ Sisters welcome two pre-candidates
~ Vocation ad
~ 2010-2014 Provincial Council elected
~ Chapter of Affairs 2009: Engaged in Our Deep Story
~ Briefs

  • Walk of the Heroines (Portland)
  • Organ pipes from Providence Heights find new home
  • Sister Karen Hawkins completes master’s in transforming spirituality
  • Providence Ministries missioning of sponsors scheduled
  • A Cause to Dine For
  • Portland library named for Sister Pauline Lemaire
  • Women & Spirit exhibit schedule
  • Marita Capili accepted as candidate

~ Obits: Annette Parent, SP, Nellie “Marguerite” O’Connor, SP, Jeanne Parent, SP
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Providence Women Reunion 2009

Summer 2009

~ Sisters of Providence invite lay people to ministry sponsorship

Providence Ministries sponsors’ profiles and photos

~ Sister Lucille Dean named new chair for PH&S board
~ 2009 Jubilarians (14)
~ Sister makes return visit to El Salvador with Spokane parish delegation
~ Portland Providence Associates make tradition of giving to El Salvador
~ Apostolic Visitation process begins
~ Come & See vocation discernment retreat ad
~ Briefs

  • Sisters of Providence inducted into Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame
  • Blessings for new babies (Greater Seattle PAs event)
  • Staffer Jaime Beytebiere bakes at Sojourner Place
  • Sr. Jane Dufault celebrates 104 years
  • Northwest Women’s Conference
  • Third-floor remodel of St. Joseph Residence is blessed
  • Fund in Montreal (leadership meeting photo)

~ Women & Spirit traveling exhibit sponsored by LCWR opens in Cincinnati
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Obits: Adeline Johnston, PA, Barbara Schiller, SP, Maureen Hurley, SP
~ Providence High School honors Ray and Carmen Ferrante

Spring 2009

~ Nurses – religious and lay – take the spotlight at legacy dinner
~ Editor’s note: Caritas goes “green”
~ Sisters launch human trafficking awareness bus ad campaign
~ Thanks to donors
~ Deling Fernando, SP, joins Vocation Team
~ Vocation ad
~ Kennedy honors – Seattle high school dedicates The Dillman Center in Sister’s honor

Sisters who have served at Kennedy include …

~ Briefs

  • Two more Daughters of Mary join the family at SJR
  • Sister Anna Loan makes temporary return to Vietnam
  • UNANIMA International Committee on Environment (Sr. JoAnn Showalter)
  • Duwamish Tribe opens longhouse and cultural center
  • Two centenarians celebrate at SJR (Srs. Eva O’Hare and Jeanne Parent)
  • Three new Providence Associates in Spokane (George&Rita Waldref and Julie Wokasch, OSB)
  • Friday mornings in El Salvador: Little people learn through play
  • Remember to listen in (Sacred Heart Radio)

~ Emilie Gamelin Mission Fund donations 2008
~ Obits: Nancy MacLean, SP; Dorothy A. Warren, PA; Eleanor McElwee, PA; Madeleine Monica Fortier, S
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ “Come and See” – introducing Huong Nguyen and Marie-Thèrèse Gnamazo

Winter 2008

~ Christmas message from the Leadership Team
~ 2008 Mother Joseph Award – Lynne Ballew of Anchorage, AK
~ “Living the Legacy:” New book on history of Sacred Heart School of Nursing
~ We’re on the radio – Sacred Heart Radio, AM 970
~ General Leadership visit
~ Briefs

  • New roles at the Providence Associate Executive Committee
  • SHMC Chapel rededication to Sr. Ethel Richardson
  • Lost windows returned to Providence Portland Medical Center
  • Welcome home to Sr. Marie Claire Soucy
  • Annual appeal – Sojourner Place and Providence Hospitality House

~ Obituary – Sr. Marie Bernadette Rogers, CSC, PHH volunteer
~ Vocation ad
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Provincial Administration moves to Renton WA

Fall 2008

~ Sister Rosalie Locati advances the mission of Providence at SHMC
~ Sister Mary Hawkins retires from Providence High School
~ Key Club raises scholarship money for El Salvador
~ New quad precedes new science building
~ Mother Joseph Province welcomes two candidates (Rosa Sen Nguyen and Hong Nga Nguyen)
~ Come & See – Vocation Discernment Live-in Weekend
~ Vocation ad
~ Jubilee Celebration photos
~ Briefs

  • Tenth anniversary celebration at Providence St. Francis House
  • Welcome Srs. Deling Fernando and Lina Afinidad
  • Bouten Construction historical display features sisters
  • UGF receives stained glass from Oakland
  • Sr. Rose Byrne greets Gov. Schwarzenegger at St. Joseph Medical Center
  • Jubilee exhibit by Archives
  • SJR celebrates archbishop’s golden jubilee

~ Sr. Rose Marie Dillman has birthday bash to kick off Kennedy HS facility
~ Obit:  Mildred Niehuser, SP
~ Please Pray For
~ Sr. Anna Loan Nguyen becomes a U.S. citizen

Summer 2008

~ Sisters of Providence receive honorary degree from Seattle University
~ Remarks by SU President Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.
~ Remarks by Provincial Superior/Leadership Team Coordinator Margaret Botch, SP (refer to website for full speech)
~ University of Great Falls honors Sr. Providencia Tolan with symposium and pow wow
~ El Salvador update

  • Scholarships change students’ lives
  • Sister Pauline Lemaire teaches reading

~ Sisters travel to Vietnam to explore vocations
~ Vocation ad – Come and See
~ Master’s degree research takes Sister JoAnn to India
~ Jubilarians
~ Obits: Anna Maureen Lynch, SP; Mary Christopher Querin, SP; Marita Chesnut, SP; Cecile Denis, SP; Bernice Grieve, PA; Jean Cranmore, PA; Charles A. Ruzicka, PA
~ Please remember in prayer
~ Briefs

  • Providence ministry named EPA ENERGY STAR
  • Sr. Anna Loan featured in documentary
  • Missoula students and museum present history of the sisters
  • ALERT: 2008 Mother Joseph Award
  • Providence High School students serenade the sisters in Seattle
  • Kennedy High School names new center for Sister Rose Marie Dillman
  • Providence High School awards
  • STOP THE DEMAND: Sisters step up the fight against trafficking in women and children

Spring 2008

~ University of Great Falls celebrates 75th anniversary
~ Some of the Sisters who served
~ Editor’s note: correcting number of Sojourner Place directors
~ Thank you to donors
~ Two sisters retire from hospital ministry – Srs. Mary Clare Boland and Dorothy Klingele
~ Briefs

  • Historical exhibit in Missoula
  • Knitting team raises funds
  • Kudos for Deacon Emile Adams from black Catholics
  • SOA watchers keep vigil
  • Deacon Jim Barrow, PA, elected to Walla Walla City Council
  • SPs cited as Partners in Hope by St. Joseph Family Center
  • Spokane staff retreat
  • Katherine Abarca, 4, El Salvador, is healed
  • Moving the moving date

~ Join Yakima PAs in prayer
~ Vocation ad
~ Emilie Gamelin Mission Fund donations 2007
~ Obits: Rose Lulay, SP; Anne Bouffard, SP; Eliane Emily Dufault, PA; Donna S. Reece, PA
~ Please remember in prayer
~ School of Divinity taught by Sr. Barbara Schiller

Winter 2007

~ Christmas greetings from the Leadership Team
~ MJ Award – Karen Bell
~ Sr. Jessica Taylor teaches special education
~ Sojourner Place celebrates 20 years of service
~ Audrey Jernigan, PA, profile
~ Sacred Heart Providence Wisdom Keepers formed at Fort Belknap
~ Briefs

  • Re-blessing at Providence Emilie House
  • Mission Day events (Spokane, Renton, Seattle)
  • New office (Jennifer Roseman on board of NCNWR)
  • Sr. Vilma Franco renews vows
  • Sr. Carolyn Koreski blesses conference room at Centralia
  • Mary Tyllia, PA, nominated for Sr. Peter Claver Award
  • Sr. Silvia Troncoso receives citizenship
  • Spokane Symphony concert spotlights SPs

~ ES update – Children and youth of El Salvador
~ Sr. Pauline Lemaire returns to ES to teach
~ Vocation ad
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Cultural Awareness Workshop

Fall 2007

~ Vocation package

  • Vocation Team visits schools
  • Sr. Jessica Taylor renews vows
  • Busy Person’s Retreat
  • Pre-candidates (Rosa and Mary Nguyen) welcomed
  • Sr. Margarita Hernandez makes first vows
  • Vocation ad
  • Srs. Gabrielle Nguyen and Ana Dolores Orellana transfer vows

~ General Chapter
~ Provincial Chapter
~ Life at St. Joseph Residence
~ Briefs

  • PA (Audrey Jernigan) receives Seattle Police Department award
  • Friends celebrate Sr. Loretta Marie Marceau’s 93rd
  • Donor dedicates symphony performance to SPs
  • SP (Sr. Helen Brennan) volunteers for Habitat

~ Time capsule preserves PS memories
~ Two Daughters of Mary (Srs. Immaculate and Jane Frances) graduate from Seattle U
~ Obit:  Sr. Teresa Kissel
~ Please Pray For

Summer 2007

~ Earth Charter workshop
~ Ministry profile: Sr. Dianne Crawford
~Providence Health International visits Cuba
~ Briefs

  • Cemetery renamed in Vancouver
  • SP offices to move to Renton
  • MJ Day at PH&S
  • Philippines becomes vice-province
  • MJ Day in Spokane
  • Cheryl Sjoblom retires from PH&S
  • Providence Vincent House remodel
  • PHS gala in Burbank
  • New PAs in Alaska, Seattle and Walla Walla

~ Jubilarians
~ Obits: Srs. Judith Edwards and M. Michelle Holland
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Come and See weekend promo

Spring 2007

~ Baby Margarita’s heart surgery
~ MJ Award – Jenny Rosales
~ 150th anniversary year ends
~ Alaine Qualls retires; Karen Lauby becomes provincial secretary
~ Thank you to donors
~ Compassionate Service Experience
~ Come and See weekend promo
~ Vietnamese women in Come and See (Sen and Hong Nga)
~ Spotlight on Sr. Suzette Bautista, probationary transfer
~ Providence Pariseau Corp. board
~ Briefs

  • Hope House honors Sr. Loretta Marie Marceau
  • Farewell to Jack Marceau (her brother)
  • Sr. Teresa White graduates
  • Fairbanks photo exhibit
  • New PAs in Spokane and Los Angeles
  • Celebration for Sr. Anna Loan Nguyen in Bainbridge

~ Obits; Sr. Claudia McMillan;  Sr. Blanche Dufault
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Remembering Melanie (by Becky Ward, PA)

Winter 2006

~ Christmas greeting from Leadership Team
~ Vancouver celebrates 150th
~ Brief history of SPs in West by Sr. Margaret Botch
~ 150th anniversary closing events
~ Thanks to 150th sponsors
~ Middle-aged sisters gathering
~ MJ profile
~ Mini-profiles of four other foundresses in the West
~ Vocation Team invites to three events
~ Briefs

  • Sr. Germaine Chabot leaves Portland
  • Sr. Dolores Ellwart receives ministry award in Idaho
  • Sr. Pat Hauser receives honors for alcohol treatment and education in Yakim
  • Footsteps of MJ in Vancouver
  • Vincent House saves energy
  • PA commitment renewals in Seattle; Walla Walla
  • Ritual of remembering and transition at Benefis, Great Falls
  • Miryam’s House celebrates 20 years
  • Sr. Peter Claver Award nominees (3 PAs – Patricia Connell, Becky Ward, Vivian Wendt)
  • St. Finbar’s honors Sr. Rose Byrne

~ A Cause to Dine For benefits Providence Hospitality House and Sojourner Place
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Obits: Sr. Marie Emmeline Ladd: Sr. Agnes Rohr
~ Sr. Vilma Franco professes first vows

Fall 2006

~Spokane celebrates 150th
~ Thanks to 150th sponsors
~ Province Heritage Tour
~ Jubilarians (2nd half)
~ Provincial Chapter group photo
~ Sr. Paula Cosko teaches ESL (by Brenda Velasco, PA)
~ Providence Elizabeth House dedication, Seattle
~ Vocation ad
~ Come and See weekend photo
~ Obits: Sr. Simonne Begin; Sr.  Florida Hinse; Sr. Therese Eugenie Belisle; Sr. Margaret Higgins
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Briefs

  • MJ Service Award winners at Blanchet High School, Seattle
  • Sacred Heart Medical Center celebrates 120th with historical display
  • Bi-province new members gather

Summer 2006

~ Seattle celebrates 150th

  • Holy Hour in Spokane
  • Providence St. Vincent Medical Center reflects on mission
  • Wash/Mont leadership hosts events
  • Premier of DVD from PH&S as sesquicentennial gift to sisters

~ Jubilarians (1st half)
~ Feature on El Salvador novices Srs. Vilma Franco and Margarita Hernandez (by Brenda Velasco, PA)
~ New PA region in Georgia
~ Providence Connection reunion of current and former SPs
~ Come and See weekend promo
~ Obit: Sr. Rose Estelle Harvey
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Briefs

  • 150th Jubilee of Catholic schools
  • Promotion for Sr. Lang Tran
  • AHA inducts Rich Umbdenstock
  • Providence Child Care donation honors Sr. Jeanette Heindl

Spring 2006

~ Sr. Karen Hawkins goes to New Orleans to help Katrina victims
~ 150th anniversary year kickoff (photo page of events)
~ March on Washington for Peace with Sr. Charlene Hudon
~ Thank you to donors
~ Briefs

  • New chapel art in Yakima
  • Chinese New Year in Seattle and Spokane
  • Four principals at PHS in Burbank (photo)

~ Obits: Sr. Mary Audrey McCoy; Sr. Ellen Elizabeth Kelly; Sr. Therese Leonie Beaupre
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Vocation Team ad

Winter 2005

~ Christmas greetings from Leadership Team to begin 150th anniversary year
~ MJ Award to Bill Bouten, PA
~ 150th list of events
~ 150th calendar promo
~ Alternative Associations Task Force
~ SNJMs honor Providence (SPs and Rich and Barb Umbdenstock)
~ Friends: Srs. Susanne Hartung and Marta Alvear
~ Christina Wong comes to Spokane for novitiate
~ Vocation ad
~ Briefs

  • Relic of Blessed Emilie at St. Joseph’s Church, Yakima
  • Permanent historical exhibit at Yakima Regional Medical Center
  • Mary Butler, PA, receives Sr. Peter Claver Award
  • New PA in Seattle
  • Heart Follies 2006 (Sr. Lillian Deslauriers and Bill Bouten, PA)

~ Obit: Sr. Anne Kovis
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Providence aids Guatemala and El Salvador

Fall 2005

~ Sr. Karin Dufault leads Supportive Care of the Dying
~ Jubilarians
~ Briefs

  • Sr. Alexis Melancon receives St. Catherine Alumnae Award
  • Sr. Bea LaFramboise receives service award from Seattle U
  • Sr. M. Michelle Holland receives first Woman of Providence award
  • PHS alumni, Burbank, honor Srs. Mary Hawkins and Lucille Dean
  • MJ statue repaired at Riverfront Park, Spokane
  • Sr. Lang Tran graduates
  • Sr. Jessica Taylor renews vows
  • SP window from Providence Seattle finds new home at Providence Medford

~ Vocation ad
~ Obits – Srs. Lucille Tremblay and Louisa Hageman, and Alexis Greshom, PA
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Sisters fight trafficking of humans through UNANIMA

Summer 2005

~ Sr. Roberta Rorke revisits Africa (with Mark Koenig)
~ Providence International Missions in partnerships in Uganda, Kenya and Cameroon
~ Sr. Margarita Hernandez enters community
~ Sr. Elizabeth Cole joins GU ministry office
~ Sr. Lucille Dean retires as principal of Providence High School, Burbank
~ The amazingly talented Sr. Felma Cerezo
~ Sr. Jane Dufault celebrates 100th birthday
~ Briefs

  • Archives volunteer Heather Trescases wins award
  • Sr. Pam White retires as director for PAs, continues preserving SP legacy
  • New PAs in Seattle
  • NW Catholic Women’s Convocation, Seattle
  • Summer vocation retreat planned
  • Everett centennial celebration (Sr. Dorothy Klingele)

~ Ministries bid farewell to Sr. Dona Taylor (WomanSpirit), Sr. Bea LaFramboise (Providence Hospitality House)
~ Obits: Sr. Catherine Palmatier, Jim Nibler, PA
~ Vocation ad
~Sr. Jacqueline Fernandes’ grandfather honored in Victoria, BC

Spring 2005

~ El Salvador mission celebrates 10th anniversary
~ Appointments: Alaine Qualls, provincial secretary; Sr. Anita Butler, provincial treasurer
~ 2005-09 Leadership Team installed
~ HUD funds Providence Vincent House renovation and rent subsidies
~ Sr. Anna Loan Nguyen returns to Vietnam to teach
~ Province welcomes Sr. Silvia Troncoso
~ Vocation ad
~ Thank you to donors
~ Briefs

  • Tsunami relief from Providence
  • Anti-SOA demonstration
  • Retirement party for Roberta Sample, PA
  • Dedication of MEG statue at Emilie Court
  • Sr. Peter Claver Award nominees (Bill Bouten, Mary Butler, Jay Staebell, PAs)
  • Vancouver/ Portland Providence Associates thank sisters
  • Seattle mayor proclaims Mount St. Vincent Day

~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Sisters introduce website with new features

Winter 2004

~ Christmas greetings from Leadership Team
~ MJ Province marks 5th birthday
~ Leadership Team portrait (4 members)
~ Profiles of 2005-09 Leadership Team (4 members)
~ MJ Award to Cheryle Earnheart and Mary Anne Sladich-Lantz
~ St. Joseph Residence remodel
~ Sr. Vilma Franco enters novititate
~ Briefs

  • Zonta Club honors Sr. Lucille Dean
  • MJ statue presented to Bouten Construction
  • New PAs in Seattle, Portland and Spokane

~Please Remember in Prayer
~Ministry profile: Sr. Nancy MacLean on Fort Belknap Reservation, Montana

Fall 2004

~ Providence Hospitality House celebrates 25 years
~ Discernment for 2006-09 leadership – 4 members chosen
~ Volunteers extend the sisters’ reach:  Christine Silva, Whitney and Terry Higgins,  Geni Iderstine, Christina Howard, Margaret Kowalsky, Heather Trescases
~ Women of Providence 25-year anniversary (Sr. M. Michelle Holland)
~ Sr. Karen Hawkins professes final vows
~ Vocation ad
~ Vocation retreat, Spokane
~ Twilight retreats planned
~ Sr. Gabrielle Nguyen begins transfer process
~ Briefs

    • New PA in Seattle (Jeanne Bouten)
    • Sr. Anna Loan Nguyen goes to Vietnam to reach
    • Srs. Georgette Bayless and Dorothy Klingele become bikers for Hospice
    • Deacon Emile Adams, PA, is ordained in Los Angeles
    • Srs. Lang Tran and Gabrielle Nguyen make eggrolls for Provincial Chapter
    • Sr. Karin Dufault is chair-elect of CHA
    • Gift of wood carving of Mother Bernarda
    • Sr. Louisa Hageman celebrates 100th
    • Sr. Fe Sumalde nominated for unsung hero award in Yakima
  • Stained glass window donated to church in Worley, Idaho

~ Obits: Sr. Rachel Hofmeister; Sr. Elizabeth Sandmeyer; Sr. Florence Mary Gaetz
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ General conference in Chile (photo of sisters in formation and Formation Team members)

Summer 2004

~ New home for Providence Regina House, Seattle
~ Transitions purchases new home in Spokane
~ Jubilarians
~ Briefs

  • Sr. Mary Kaye Nealen honored by YWCA, Great Falls
  • Sr. Lucille Dean honored at PHS gala, Burbank
  • Sisters and Associates answer phones for KSPS, Spokane
  • Painting at Holy Family Hospital depicts SP history

~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Obits: Frank Weidinger, PA; Melvin Tamberg, PA
~ Sr. Gabrielle Nguyen gets to know the SPs
~ Summer vocation retreat promo
~ Vocation ad

Spring 2004

~ Providence mission continues in K-12 education

  • PHS, Burbank
  • St. Joseph School, Yakima

~ Sr. Pauline Lemaire teaches ESL
~ Official visit from Montreal
~ Thank you to donors
~ NW Coalition for Responsible Investment works for social justice
~ Briefs

  • Oregonian honors Sr. Rita Bergamini
  • Sr. Alice St. Hilaire honored for formation ministry
  • Tri-Council meets in Spokane
  • Providence Centralia Hospital dedicates (Sr.) Carolyn’s (Koreski) Café
  • SPs honor the late Msgr. Doogan with liturgy and scholarships

~ Obits: Sr. Virginia Cosner; Sr. Dixie Lee Mulvaney
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Sr. Catherine Chan comes to novitiate house

Winter 2003

~ Christmas greeting from Leadership Team
~ MJ Award to Chuck Hawley and Betty Harrington
~ Srs. Lang Tran and AnnMary Vu complete transfer process with Seattle Mass
~ Sr. Ana Dolores Orellana begins transfer process with Yakima ceremony
~ Sr. Jessica Taylor at Women’s Drop-In Center, Spokane
~ Briefs

  • Sr. Karen Hawkins is certified as counselor, Great Falls
  • Ken Spiering creates portrait of Sr. Bernadette Botch for Bernadette Place
  • New MJ sculpture outside Spokesman Review production building, Spokane
  • Moose visits The Mount, Spokane
  • Children’s hospital dedicated in Spokane

~ Pilgrimage to Montreal by PHS and PS
~ Obits: Sr. Margaret Beaulieu; Sr. Louise Lebel
~ PAs in Great Falls operate Angel Room
~ Hospitals sold in Toppenish and Yakima (photo)
~ Please Remember in Prayer

Fall 2003

~ Sr. Joan Gallagher “retires” as vocation director
~ New vocation team (5 members)
~ Vocation/Communications Group formed to tell sisters’ stories
~ Sr. Jessica Taylor professes first vows
~ Transitions into religious life
~ Jubilarians
~ El Salvador update on relief efforts
~ Sr. Brenda Velasco visits El Salvador
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Obit: Sr. Margaret Anne Vosen
~ Briefs

  • LA mayor recognizes Deacon Emile Adams and Lillian Rouzan, PAs
  • New associates in Great Falls
  • Vocation retreat in Spokane
  • Provincial Administration staff gathers in Seattle
  • St. Joseph’s Care Center opens (Sr.) Loretta’s (Marie Marceau’s) Cupboard
  • Providence Event held in Spokane

~ Sr. Maureen Newman is released from prison after three months for SOA protest
~ 150th anniversary celebration in Chile

Summer 2003

~ Spokane PAs offer retreats for street women
~ WomanSpirit in spotlight
~ Sr. Maureen Newman begins prison term for SOA protest
~ Sr. Mary Kaye Nealen translates book on sisters’ missions
~ Sojourner Place alumna T.C. Dumas receives Ph.D.
~ Anchorage welcomes new PAs
~ Briefs

  • Sr. Lina Afinadad becomes a citizen
  • PHS gala, Burbank
  • Sr. Rita Mudd receives posthumous award in Missoula
  • Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia, names building in honor of Blessed Emilie Gamelin

~ Upper Room, Centralia, hosts reunion (Srs. Elizabeth Joyce and Virginia Miller)
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Obit: Betty Lynn Ehrenberg, PA
~ Sr. Ana Dolores Orellana returns to El Salvador

Spring 2003

~ Health care delegation visits Guatemala and El Salvador (Sr. Roberta Rorke)
~ Sisters and Lay People Collaborate to Meet Global Needs (by Sr. Roberta Rorke)
~ Sr. Maureen Newman risks her freedom to raise awareness at SOA protest
~ New Providence Associates in Seattle, Great Falls, Portland, Burbank and Spokane
~ General Council visits Washington; regional conference in Spokane
~ Thank you to donors
~ University of Great Falls celebrates 70 years
~ SPs celebrate 25 years in Haiti
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Obits: Sr. Mary Stephen O’Brien; Sr. Sedonia Doyon; Sr. Reda Perrault
~ Briefs

  • Sr. Karen Hawkins graduates from UGF
  • Sr. Brenda Velasco wins essay contest
  • Providence Chapel to close in Seattle
  • Sisters invite women to summer retreat
  • Providence Event 2003 to be in Spokane

~ Providence Child Center honors SPs with Heart of Gold Award
~ Come and See weekend in Yakima (photo)

Winter 2002

~ Christmas greeting from Leadership Team
~ MJ Province speaks out against acts of aggression or war against Iraq
~ LCWR speaks out on clerical abuse allegations
~ MJ Award: Dr. Ken Kapstafer and Mitzi VandeWege
~ New faces in the province

Trang Vo “Tina,” Yakima; Vilma Franco-Calles and Margarita Hernandez Alfaro, El Salvador, candidates; Maggie St. John, Holy Angels Province, novice; Catherine Chan, Holy Angels Province, candidate

~ Candidates’ medal
~ Lay people help keep the mission alive
~ Sojourner Place; Providence Hospitality House; Providence Vincent House boards
~ PHS employees model the mission for nine non-profits through Emilie Gamelin Awards
~ Briefs

  • Sr. Kathryn Rutan leaves for Montreal
  • Sr. Myrta Iturriaga receives citizenship
  • Missoula memorial service remembers Sr. Rita Mudd

~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Mother Gamelin Center, Spokane, rededicated and renamed

Fall 2002

~ Mother Joseph Build for Habitat for Humanity, Spokane
~ Sr. Kathryn “Kitsy” Rutan to become General Superior
~ Discernment processleads to selection
~ Sisters in formation at General Chapter (photo)
~ Sprague celebrates 100th anniversary of Mary Queen of Heaven Church
~ Nome celebration of centennial of SP service
~ The Power of One: Sr. Simonne Begin in North Carolina ministry
~ Jubilarians
~ Summer weekend retreats in Seattle and Spokane
~ Briefs

  • Sr. Lang Tran becomes U.S. citizen
  • Network Lobby Day in Washington, D.C. (Sr. Peggy Alcorn and Sr. Margaret Botch)
  • Catholic Foundation of Spokane Diocese honors Sr. Myrta Iturriaga

~ Sr. Fidela Adriano returns to the West
~ Hospice honors Sr. Georgette Bayless
~ El Salvador update – computers and help from Socorro Garcia
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Obits – Srs. Germaine Drogue, Bernadine Ginder, Rita Mudd, Eugenia O’Brien and Eleanor Tuma

Summer 2002

~ Alaska celebrates 100 years of caring
~ Stories from Alaska
~ General Chapter to be held in July in Edmonton and will include women in formation
~ “Connections” is theme of Provincial Chapter to be held in Spokane
~ Spotlight on Sr. Dixie Mulvaney, Spokane, and Sr. Judi Roberts, Portland
~ SPs honor longtime development director Sr. Loretta Marie Marceau
~ Obits: Sr. Mary Maxine Berghoff; Sr. Eileen Mary Flood; Sr. Anne Marcelle Lemay; Sr. Ignatia Marie Lindekugel; Sr. Francis Ignatius MacDowell; Harriet Desmarais, PA;  Helen Margaret Holland., PA
~ Briefs

  • Sr. Simonne Begin wins honors at Celebrate Life Pageant, Spokane
  • Vancouver museum hosts MJ exhibit
  • Women religious join to pray for peace
  • Prayer for Decade of Nonviolence
  • MJ Award nominations sought
  • Four summer retreats for women planned

~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ Montreal celebrates life of Mother Emilie Gamelin

Spring 2002

~ New life – three women in novitiate in Spokane and two pre-postulants in El Salvador
~ My Journey in the Desert – by Brenda Velasco
~ Education funds sought
~ Mini-profiles of three novices – Anne, Jessica, Brenda
~ SPs open pre-postulant house and host international meeting in El Salvador
~ Sr. Clarella Fink returns from the Philippines
~Sisters and Friends

  • New activity center at PHS, Burbank
  • SOA protest
  • Dedication of St. Thomas South, Great Falls

~ Women religious intensify fight against trafficking
~ Briefs

  • Sr. Karin Dufault recognized by Seattle U alumni
  • Sr. Peter Claver inducted into 2002 Business Hall of Fame, Spokane

~ Obits: Sr. Ann Ellen Bailey, SP; Stella Marie Kramer, SP; Dolores Foy, PA; John Patrick Shanahan, PA
~ Please Remember in Prayer
~ SPs dedicate 2002 to MJ Year

Winter 2001

~ Providence Pilgrims Travel to Rome to Witness the Beatification of Emilie Gamelin
~ Special keepsake edition
~ Insert:

  • Please Remember in Prayer
  • Obits: Conrad Mary Bomer, SP; Rosalie Dionne,. SP; Esther Dufault, SP; Julian Moran, SP; Rose Dolores Reisenauer, SP; Jo Marie Einen, PA

~ Briefs

  • Anchorage honors SPs with Gold Pan Award
  • Sr. Rebecca Berghoff named 2001 Woman of Achievement

Fall 2001

~ Providence Associates build homes and relationships in El Salvador – by Kate Smith, PA
~ Just who are these Providence Associates anyway?

  • Roberta Sample
  • Bill Bouten
  • Becky Ward
  • Phyllis Silva-Keith

Anibal and Transito Castro

~ Sr. Karen Hawkins, from PA to SP
~ Ministry spotlight: Hope House
~ Sisters and Friends

  • International pilgrimage with Fr. Mbock Mbock, of Cameroon (photo)
  • PHS graduation, Burbank
  • Jubilee group photos – Spokane and Seattle
  • Sr. Christopher Querin’s jubilee party at the zoo

~ More than 800 pilgrims head for Rome for beatification of MEG
~ Explanation of cause of beatification
~ Briefs

  • Sr. Marie Emmeline Ladd given national honors as nurse-midwife
  • Three candidates enter novitiate
  • Sr. Blanca Sagles makes final vows
  • Leadership Team honored for Native American support
  • Sr. Jean Schultz attend WUCWO meeting in Rome

~ Obits: Sr. Margaret Jane Carroll, SP; Mary Hoiland, SP; Rosemary Kistner, SP; Margaret Joan Long, SP; Mary Lois Rochester, SP
~ Please Remember in Prayer

Spring 2001 (broadsheet)

~ Delegation travels to El Salvador to commemorate martyred religious women
~ Website address
~ Earthquake in El Salvador brings another challenge
~ Foundress to be beatified in Rome on October 7
~ SPs and Daughters of Mary meet for the first time on Ugandan soil in 40-year reunion
~ A Ugandan sister says thank you (Sr. Mary Lourdes Nabaggala)
~ Sr. Anna Loan Nguyen transfers vows
~ Philippine Sector chooses leadership
~ Briefs

  • Sr. Lucille Dean receives University of Oregon Distinguished Alumna Award
  • Sr. Charlotte Van Dyke named to board of Women’s Intercommunity AIDS Resource, Portland
  • Sr. Mary Ann Benoit given alumni recognition award from UGF
  • Sr. Jacqueline Fernandes named to three-year term on Archdiocesan Pastoral Council
  • Sr. Joan Gallagher appointed to two-year term on board of National Religious Vocation Conference
  • Sr. JoAnn Showalter on board of Religious Formation Conference
  • Sr. Mary Clare Boland is distinguished grad of Holy Family School, Seattle
  • Jennifer Roseman hired as communications director

~ Obits: Sr. Bernadette Botch, SP;  Sr, Pauline Marn, SP; Lawrence Crowley; Emmanuel Ferron
~ Please Remember in Prayer