vocation

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Who We are

As “women of Providence”, we invest our spiritual energy and anchor our actions in the realities and the needs of the society of our time, choosing to live in solidarity with the most destitute.

What We do

Our life as Sisters of Providence revolves around three elements;  SPIRITUALITY, COMMUNITY AND MINISTRY.

Our Mission

To be the human face of our Provident God is to place ourselves at the service of compassionate love and prophetic solidarity with the poor.For us Sisters of Providence, the poor are those whose needs are not met, the victims of injustice, the rejected, the marginalized and the voiceless.

Our History

Blessed Emilie Tavernier Gamelin Founded the congregation of the Sisters of Providence, a catholic religious community, in Montreal in 1843.  In response to the needs of the poor, the sick and marginalized.  Thousands of women of different origins and social status joined the community over the ears.  Inspired by the mystry of our Provident God, and the compassion of our Mother of Sorrows, Mary at the foot of the Cross.

Nourished in Prayer

Our deep relationship with God and the people lies at the heart of our experience and spirituality which permeates our work and daily life.  

Our life of prayer includes comtemplative listening, dialogue and discernment in our decision making.

Supported In Community

We, Sisters of Providence are an international, multicultural, inter-generational community of religious women.  Living in community enables us to love, support, challenge and encourage each other.  Through personal and communal grouth, we witness to Gospel Values.

Ministry
Spirituality

Our Charism

We have received the gift of proclaiming God’s Providence and God’s compassion, shown in Our Mother of Sorrow.

We Minister in the following Countries:

Canada, Philippines, Haiti, Chile, Egypt, United States, El Salvador

Diverse Ministries

Our Ministries are diverse and fulfilling.  We continue to evolve and address the needs in our society.

– Providence Center  Providence Renewal
– Centre (retreats and  spiritual programs)
– Father Lacombe care centre
– Providence Care Centre
– ANAWIM Place – food bank
– Prison chaplaincy
– Ministry with the deaf
– Community service
– Education
– WINGS of Providence
– Responding to evolving needs

Rezebeth Noceja

First Profession of Vows

November 9th of 2019 has imprinted a significant mark in my life as it is the day that I made my first profession of vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience as a Sister of Providence. The weeks of preparation leading to the day of my first profession were characteristic of roller coaster of emotions, from fear to courage, confusion to surety, highs to lows, and chaos to peace. The fear of not living up to the vows and of living a life that is somewhat counter-cultural would grip me from time to time, but then the gentle yet assuring presence of a loving community sets an example of fidelity to the “call” from which I can draw courage. The awareness of the imminent day of profession brought me to question myself over and over again as to whether I am truly following the vocation God had called me to. This caused a little bit of confusion sometimes. When I took my walks or sat in silence to take the time to listen to what my heart says…the heart where God planted His own desires for me, which in a way are also my own desires, I found surety in the vocation I am pursuing. The “yes, but…” that can be a NO, is actually a “yes, and in spite of…it is a YES”. The experience of having to think of the practical details, minute or significant, and having to face stumbling blocks and trying to find alternative solutions gave me the emotional highs and lows of the previous months. Fortunately, I was blessed to have a lot of people from within and outside the community who were so generous in giving their time and effort in making things go smoothly. All of these factors brought a sense of chaos somehow to the point where I felt like succumbing to the pressure of the preparation, but most especially to the fear of surrendering myself completely to the community, to God, and to his people. In the words of Father Stephen Hero, the celebrant on November 9th, in vows I am intentionally divesting myself of all that I have, body, mind, and soul. I am like a stone perched on top of other stones and immersed in the water, helpless. And yet the stone is immersed in “living water”. God is the living water. Again, Father Stephen said, when I place myself in Providence…chaste, poor and obedient, I am like that stone held by God. As helpless as the stone is, I am giving away all that I have in order to receive all that God is. In that receiving, I receive the peace that the world cannot give. Indeed, during my weeklong retreat prior to the vows, despite all the chaos, I was immensely at peace with my decision to continue and make my vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience… living a life entirely dependent on Providence.

Serena Hope Chappell, Candidate

Enterance To Candidacy

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.

A promise of God’s Providence:

“For I know well the plans i have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans to give you a future full of hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11

Get to know us

By email conversation, convent visit, retreat or join our annual summer live-in experience which is a great way to explore call to religious life.

Come and See Experience

A come and See experience is also available for women, who are seriously considering an active religious life and have an interest in immersion with the daily life of the Sisters of Providence.  It can last for a week, a month or up to a year.  This is open to single women between ages of 20 to 40.

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

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3005 119 Street, NW
Edmonton, Alberta
Tel: (780) 436-7250

 

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