In the tradition of our foundress, Sisters of Providence minister to society’s most underserved members. Mother Emilie Gamelin made it her mission to care for the needy and marginalized citizens of Montreal. As her influence grew and was formalized into the congregation we now call Sisters of Providence, her example inspired others.
In 1856, Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart led a group of Sisters of Providence from Montreal to the Pacific Northwest to establish schools, hospitals, homes of care and other services for the poor, pioneering citizens of this rugged land. The legacy of compassion and service exemplified by Mother Gamelin and Mother Joseph lives on today in those women called to share their lives as Sisters of Providence.
While many continue in the legacy ministries, others have expanded into new ministries as the needs of contemporary society have changed. Sisters of Providence in Mother Joseph Province serve in diverse, fulfilling and relevant ways that make use of each woman’s unique gifts and talents. You will find Sisters of Providence in the following ministries:
Retreats, spiritual direction, parish ministry, prison ministry, chaplaincy, mission advancement, prayer & presence
Health & Human Services
Nursing, counseling, social work, low-income housing and support services, hunger relief
Teaching, tutoring, childcare, scholarship programs
Anti-trafficking, death penalty abolition, non-violence, immigration rights, anti-racism, Catholic advocacy
Care of the Earth
Climate justice, reducing impact, responsible investing
Administration & Support
Governance, vocations, finances and accounting, board representation, creative services