Serena Hope Chappell, Candidate


My journey began about three years ago, when I first opened myself to hear the call of God to Religious Life.  Since embarking on discernment of Religious Life, I have experienced many emotions and many graces.  I have grown in my faith and my ability to hear God in the silence of my heart. 

I still find it hard to believe that it was only a year ago that I attended the Summer Live-In at Providence Centre in Edmonton.  This was a grace filled time for me and I remember telling Sister Mae (Mary Grace Valdez) on the final day that I didn’t want to leave as I felt so at home.  I finally felt a great sense of peace about my call to religious life.  Following the live-in, I continued with an extended Come and See at Providence Residence in Calgary. This gave me the opportunity, support and time needed to truly discern whether God was calling me to join the Sisters of Providence. 

On August 8th, 2018 in a beautiful, simple entrance celebration I became a candidate of the Sisters of Providence.  Surrounded by the love and support of my new family, the Sisters, my parents, Doug and Candice, my sister, Kimberly, and her family I began a new phase of my journey.  I am so grateful to our loving, provident God for all he has gifted me, for each person who prayed for me and helped make my day special and for this community.  I look forward to the future and growing in my vocation with the Sisters of Providence.


Discover Events

Come and See Weekend

For Catholic women who would like to know about religious life. It is an opportunity to meet Catholic sisters and learn about their lives of prayer, community and ministry.

A Conversation over Tea

For Catholic women who would like a conversation over tea about religious life. It is an opportunity to share and ask questions about life as a religious sister.

Feel free to call Sister Mary Grace Valdez, SP at (587) 432-2088 or email [email protected]