“I have prayed that you may always love the poor and that peace and union may ever be preserved among you.” (Blessed Emilie Tavernier-Gamelin, September 10, 1851)
We believe that God’s loving presence watches over the entire universe and is attentive to the needs of all, active in us and through us. This is what we mean when we say: Providence.
Active in us and through us means that we are always challenged to give a human face to Providence as we walk in the footsteps of Christ who came to be seen, touched and heard.
To be the human face of this Provident God is to place ourselves at the service of compassionate love and prophetic solidarity with the poor. For the Sisters of Providence, the poor are those whose needs are not met, the victims of injustice, the rejected, the marginalized and the voiceless.
This requires us to be creative in the use of our God-given gifts, so that all of creation may recognize it as an expression of God’s love. God exhorts us to charity and to great responsibility towards life.As women of Providence, we are engaged as social workers, caregivers, nurses, teachers, spiritual guides and as persons committed to the environment, in the milieus where we are presently called to minister, always trusting that our actions are signs of hope and new life.
Each person is born with particular gifts and talents. These shape us and enable us to carry out a mission to serve society and the common good.
Religious congregations are also given special gifts of the Holy Spirit. In other words, each Congregation possesses a distinct spiritual energy that calls it to serve and to build the Christian Community in a way which fulfills a particular need in the Church and the world.
Therefore, Charism – from the Greek, kharisma, “gift, grace of divine origin” – is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit given for the common good (1 Cor. 12:7).
The Charism of our Providence Community is the manifestation of the mysteries of the Providence of God and Our Mother of Sorrows in compassionate love and creative prophetic solidarity with the poor.
The mission of the Sisters of Providence
God has called and united us as Sisters of Providence in the Church to proclaim the mystery of Providence and of Our Mother of Sorrows to the society of our time by our compassionate love and creative prophetic solidarity with the poor. (1978 General Chapter)