A book of practices of the Sisters of Providence
The Sisters of Providence have published a book about the fundamental practices that have shaped their lives and the life of the congregation since its beginning in France in 1806 and its establishment in Indiana in 1840. The book, Love, Mercy, Justice: A Book of Practices of the Sisters of Providence, published in January 2006, contains a series of “essays for reflection and discussion.” The idea for this project grew from a book, Practicing our Faith, edited by Dorothy Bass, who describes Christian practices as “…things Christian people do together over time to address fundamental human needs in response to and in the light of God’s presence in the world.”
The fifteen essays describe how the following practices have been lived out daily: Prayer, Hospitality, Honoring the Eucharist, Sabbath Keeping, Honoring the Body, Feasting and Fasting, Discernment, Responding to Life with Humor, Forgiveness and Reconciliation, Home Making and Community Shaping, Singing our Lives, Honoring the Dead, Honoring Mary, Valuing Education, and Valuing the Arts. Each essay was written by a different Sister of Providence including: Sisters Ann Casper, Paula Damiano, Kathleen Desautels, Ruth Eileen Dwyer, Jeremy Gallet, Jeanne Knoerle, Bernice Kuper, Marie McCarthy, Rosemary Nudd, Barbara Sheehan, Alexa Suelzer, Ann Sullivan, Dawn Tomaszewski, Denise Wilkinson and Mary Alice Zander.