Sr. Jessica Taylor professes perpetual vows
Border Watch Delegation
by Jo Ann Showalter, SP
As a member of a SOAW (School of the Americas Watch) Border Watch delegation, I traveled to Nogales, Ariz., and to Mexico in May to listen and learn the stories of those who have been subjected to possible human rights abuses. The stories we heard were heart-wrenching and pointed directly to areas of abuse and cruelty. Caesar, a Guatemalan, described conditions in detention.
Sr. Kathryn Rutan joins Guatemalan service trip
A special guest joined Providence Health International’s service trip to Guatemala last May. Sister Kathryn “Kitsy” Rutan, former general superior of the international congregation of the Sisters of Providence, added her gifts to the talented team of Oregon employees.
As a vital member of the stove installation team, Sister Kitsy – just 77 years young – traveled the twisting mountain roads and climbed the steep hillside towards a goal of reducing serious health hazards for 40 families in the village of Sehaquiba. She brought with her the pioneering spirit and comforting presence of a Sister of Providence.
End of an era
On January 28, 2013, a ceremony of blessing and remembrance was held at Mount St. Joseph in Spokane, marking the closure of the health-care unit that had housed so many of the Sisters of Providence.