Sisters of Divine Providence have been involved in classroom education since they arrived in the United States in 1889. They opened a school at Mount St. Martin’s, Newport and soon after began to staff various schools in the local Greater Cincinnati area as well as schools as far away as Rhode Island. Most of those early teachers were French or German immigrants so English was their second language.
Today sisters continue to serve in elementary, high school and college classrooms as well as to “teach” in various other settings – religious education, RCIA, tutoring, healthy meal preparation, English as a second language, adult spirituality, GED and life-learning skills.
Holy Trinity School, Newport/Bellevue is a merged school of five other local inner city schools, once staffed by Sisters of Divine Providence. Four sisters continue a long history of involvement as classroom teachers or volunteers there, while others are teaching in elementary, secondary and college classrooms elsewhere.
Parish ministry provides opportunities to guide adults in a variety of ways: organizing and leading faith formation programs to enhance understanding and appreciation of Scripture or some aspect of the Catholic faith or assist non-Catholics through the Rite of Christian Initiation to become full members. Some sisters guide prayer or discussion groups; offer days of reflection or spiritual direction; enabling adults to grow in their faith and relationship with God.
Teaching English at El Centro de la Divina Providencia, a ministry opened by the Sisters of Divine Providence in Covington seven years ago enables men and women immigrants to become better able to obtain jobs and acclimate to the area. Volunteer sisters and others work one on one with individuals from twenty-two different countries for this free language service.
Whether sisters are “back to school” now or involved in year round “teaching” ministries, we try to be the Face of Providence with all “students” no matter what their age!