Sisters of Divine Providence welcome eight new Associate Members!
Within a celebrative liturgy on Sunday, June 4, 2017, Sister Alice Gerdeman, Provincial Superior and Donna Esposito, Director of Associates, welcomed four women into the Associate Community of the Congregation of Divine Providence. The new members – Christina Bezold, Vicki Crawford, Ann Horgan and Marilyn Schleyer – committed to share in the mission of the Congregation within their particular lifestyles. Following the liturgy a reception was held in Providence Hall.
The liturgy concluded a weekend retreat held at the Saint Anne Retreat Center from June 2 – 4. Sister Fidelis Tracy, CDP shared thought-provoking presentations on several parables from the Gospel of John, specifically focused on the Woman at the well, the Man born blind and the Raising of Lazarus. Prayer, time for personal reflection and group discussions enhanced the weekend.
The following weekend Donna Esposito, Director, and Associate Mary Helen Bertolini traveled to Solomons, Maryland to accept Jan Beil, Amy Ihde, Joanne McCoy and Joseph Suarez-Murias into the Associate Community. The reception ceremony was held in the historic church of Our Lady Star of the Sea. A pot luck dinner was held in the convent of the Sisters of Divine Providence before the ceremony in honor of our new members.
Rooted in the spirituality of their founder, Blessed Jean Martin Moye, Sisters and Associates of Divine Providence strive to live four fundamental virtues – Abandonment to Divine Providence, Simplicity, Apostolic Charity and Poverty. Desiring to live these virtues in their daily lives, associates work with youth, engage in ministries that tend to the sick and elderly and serve as lectors, sacristans, and extraordinary ministers in their parishes. They are men and women who are eager to mature in their faith and to deepen their love of God and neighbor.
In spiritual communion with the Church, Associates of Divine Providence witness to God’s love and care in their personal lives and their ministries to God’s people.
CDP Associates are men and women of all faiths, ages, cultures and life situations who seek a formal relationship with the Congregation of Divine Providence and do not take vows. With the Sisters, the Associates are called to be the “face of Providence” through prayer, and the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. To learn more about the Associate Community of Divine Providence contact Donna M. Esposito, ACDP (Director) 859-781-0712 Ex. 18 or email: email@example.com.