As we come to the end of the year, we are preparing to close our five-year term as provincial council. Sisters Joan Gallagher, Jo Ann Showalter, Josie Ramac and I will say goodbye and welcome Sister Barbara Schamber, provincial leader, and Sisters Jacqueline Fernandes, Karen Hawkins and Margarita Hernandez as provincial council beginning January 1, 2020.
This time of transition gives us an opportunity to reflect and give thanks for the gifts of the year, especially your open hearts, prayers and generous support for our neighbors who are struggling.
Your contributions to the Emilie Gamelin Mission Fund help meet the most pressing needs of our communities. Right now, the focus is food and shelter for families during the difficult winter months. In El Salvador your gifts open the doors for youth to engage in their faith and break down barriers to education through a scholarship program. Both help steer young people away from gangs toward productive lives. In the Philippines your donations enable care for children with disabilities, elderly people and migrants who are otherwise shunned. Locally, our newest sisters are grateful for your educational support which prepares them for ministry, service and leadership opportunities to address the social justice issues of our times.
Given the ongoing needs of the most vulnerable among us, we humbly ask for your continued support or invite you to give for the first time.
Your gift, small or large, makes a difference in the work of caring and compassion. You may donate online at sistersofprovidence.net/support-us or send a check in the enclosed envelope. Your contribution may be made in honor or in memory of a loved one or a Sister of Providence who has touched your life.
May the blessings of this holy season be with you now and throughout the New Year.
Gratefully in Providence,
Judith Desmarais, SP