Communities thank sisters for their service
Two retiring Sisters of Providence were honored recently by the communities in which they served.
Sister Rose Byrne retired in early January after serving many of her 66 years in religious life at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center and in Catholic parishes around Burbank, Calif. Kudos for this 90-year-old Sister of Providence were the subject of a celebration at Mass at St. Finbar Parish on January 4 and a recognition at the January 6 meeting of the Burbank City Council.
A potluck at St. Joseph Parish on January 24 was a gathering of friends and family of Yakima native Sister Alice St. Hilaire. In her 67 years as a Sister of Providence, Sister Alice has served in formation, spiritual direction and retreat work. Besides the dinner, fellowship and entertainment at the parish, there were words of appreciation from many who have felt blessed by Sister Alice’s presence in the Yakima Valley over the years.
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Sr. Karin Dufault receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Five tables of people from the Providence family were present February 26 to applaud Congregational Leader Karin Dufault, SP, as she accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award from Seattle Business magazine at its Washington Leaders in Health Care awards gala at the Marriott Seattle Waterfront Hotel.
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Sisters travel to border, aid immigrants
In October, two Sisters of Providence from Mother Joseph Province journeyed to El Paso, Texas, to heed the cry of the poor. We have all heard about the summer’s unprecedented surge of refugees from Central American countries, many of them unaccompanied children, crossing the border from Mexico into southern Texas. Fear of violence and sheer terror were pushing mothers to send their young children and teenagers out into the unknown in search of safety, security and a better life.
While the story has faded from the headlines, it is far from over. Sisters Charlene Hudon and Marisol Avila went there to find out more and to see how they could help ease this humanitarian crisis. Sister Charlene stayed for two weeks. Sister Marisol was still there as of this writing.
Return to La Papalota
Sisters to focus their El Salvador ministry on education and formation of youth
As of January of 2015, Sisters of Providence are again living in the house in La Papalota in the Bajo Lempa region of El Salvador, where they first arrived in 1995. The return to the La Papalota house will facilitate community life and the ministries of the sisters.