Sisters of Providence announce two recipients of 2013 Mother Joseph Award
Teresa Bigelow, co-founder of Safe Crossings Foundation in Seattle, and Dr. Darin Neven, an emergency room physician and medical director for the Consistent Care Program at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, have been chosen by the Sisters of Providence to receive the 2013 Mother Joseph Award.
The Mother Joseph Award is given annually to a person who “exemplifies the values and courage of Mother Joseph,” the first provincial superior of the Sisters of Providence in the West.
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End of an era
Ritual marks closure of health-care unit at Mount St. Joseph
Names rang out spontaneously for several minutes in the chapel at Mount St. Joseph in Spokane the evening of January 28. Those gathered were remembering those who had lived or ministered in the building’s fourth-floor health-care unit since 1957. The Reflective Litany of Naming lent a deep solemnity to the ritual marking its closure.
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Catholic Sentinel Profiles Sr. Gabrielle Nguyen
Sr. Gabrielle Nguyen, SP, is a registered nurse who works with the elderly at Providence Laurelhurst Elderplace in Portland, Oregon. In its current issue, the Catholic Sentinel profiles her life and her work.
A well is a little idea with big impact
Congregational leader visits Providence Associate’s ministry in Cameroon
Editor’s note: Marie-Therese Gnamazo, of Cameroon, lived for a time with Sister Karin Dufault and others while she was in Seattle for a Come and See experience with the Sisters of Providence. Marie-Therese later became a Providence Associate and returned to her native country to live out the mission of Providence while helping people there.
In late December, Sister Karin, now congregational leader of the Sisters of Providence, traveled to Cameroon with Sisters Annette Noel and Rejeanne Turcotte.
Providence Academy Reunion
On February 6, nearly 80 alumni of Providence Academy in Vancouver, Wash., gathered for a luncheon at their alma mater. They assembled to hear the story of the efforts under way to preserve the Academy building and grounds by the Fort Vancouver Historical Trust. Among the attendees were Sister Alexis Melancon, the last principal, Sister Virginia Miller, faculty, and Sister Susanne Hartung, chief mission integration officer for Providence Health and Services, who was the keynote speaker.