Summer 2015 Providence Pages

Cover of Summer Providence Pages

In this issue:

This spring, the Sisters held their Chapter meetings, as they do every four years. This issue of Pages covers that ground thoroughly from leadership to mission to reflections to decisions. The Providence Associate meetings are covered as well.

You will also find:

  • Wise elders: 2015 Jubilarians
  • How the climate change encyclical matters
  • Queens students teaching seeds
  • An invitation to join in the concluding event for the long-running silent vigil for social justice on September 17
  • Obituaries for Sister Peggy Flanagan, Sister Loretto Boland and Sister Monica Gannon
  • Spirituality ideas for the fall
  • A bit of a change in layout and a note about that

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Carmen and Fernanda reflect on their week of reunions, deep prayer ... and snow (in April!)
Carmen and Fernanda reflect on their week of reunions, deep prayer ... and snow (in April!)

Two Providence Associates from Peru journeyed to Kingston in April for the Associates meetings connected to the Sisters’ Chapter meetings. Carmen Alomía Guía (CG) has been to Canada before; Fernanda Marleny Ramirez Ruiz (FR) was here for the first time. 

New direction for Providence Associates
New direction for Providence Associates

The Providence Associates met on their own during the time the Sisters were at Chapter, to create a directional statement that will guide us for the next four years. 

"Wow" is a willingness to hear each other
"Wow" is a willingness to hear each other

Our congregational Chapter, a blessed time to once again meet and greet Sisters I see often as well as those from far away. Catching up on the news, “how have you been?” A time to pray and a time to dream.

Toasting the team
Toasting the team

There are two distinct parts to every Chapter: after the Chapter of Affairs and before proceeding to the Chapter of Elections, we have a time of celebration and appreciation for the outgoing leadership.

View from the sidelines
View from the sidelines

Chapter 2015 was the second Chapter I attended as secretary and a part of me sat through the process with a keen interest to see who I would be working for over the next four years!

Reflecting on Chapter and its graces
Reflecting on Chapter and its graces

In preparation for Chapter, we Sisters and Associates, prayed the Chapter Prayer 2015 and invitations for prayer were sent to all parishes. I believe this enabled us to enter into Chapter with hearts free and fresh with enthusiasm, hearts that carry hope and peace. 

In April, with joy, the Sisters renewed their mission and decided to create a village
In April, with joy, the Sisters renewed their mission and decided to create a village

Every four years, the Sisters of Providence hold decision-making meetings the Church calls “Chapter.” In April of this year, big decisions were made that direct the future of the Congregation and the use of their land. These decisions were made public in May to great interest and applause.

Becoming wise elders: this years's Jubilarians / Consecrated lives: a gift for church and society
Becoming wise elders: this years's Jubilarians / Consecrated lives: a gift for church and society

For the day of the congregational celebration, the Jubilarians choose a Sister to speak for them. This year, Sister Dianne McNamara, who marks 50 years as a Sister of Providence, gave a speech about change.

Growing sweetie tomatoes with growing minds
Growing sweetie tomatoes with growing minds

The Heirloom Seed Sanctuary gets a Queen’s student for community practicum most years and it’s such a pleasure to work with educators who see the value of seeds and passing on this wisdom to the children they teach. This spring, we had the great pleasure of hosting Darrell Maw, Queen’s University Outdoor Experiential Education student.

Sister Peggy Flanagan
Sister Peggy Flanagan
Sister Monica Gannon
Sister Monica Gannon
Sister Loretto Boland
Sister Loretto Boland
After 20 years, the vigil will end on September 17
After 20 years, the vigil will end on September 17

Mark your calendars,” as they say. “Save the date.”

We want to celebrate this milestone by inviting people in Kingston and beyond to stand with us for a final vigil. We’ll celebrate with song and stories, food and drink. Our last vigil takes place as a federal election campaign gets underway. So we’ll be making some new signs just for the occasion: “Vote to End Poverty.”

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