Providence Heights in Pittsburgh’s North Hills community is home to the approximately 70 retired and semi-retired Sisters. It also houses the Providence Heights Alpha School as well as administrative offices. The Provincial Leadership Team has offices in the Marie de la Roche Center at Providence Heights.
The Sisters are present to those in need through a variety of ministries. They began their active ministry as teachers and nurses. From the earliest days, the Sisters operated hospitals and schools with all of their energy. Beginning with St. Joseph's School in East Liberty, the Sisters took on one school after another, educating thousands of children.
Today, the Sisters maintain an active teaching ministry, which includes the Providence Heights Alpha School and La Roche College, which was founded by the Congregation in 1963 as well as the Sacred Heart Schools in Kingston. In addition, many Sisters teach in elementary schools, high schools, and colleges in Pittsburgh, across the country, and in Puerto Rico.
The Sisters were a major force in the ministry of health care in the area. In 1915, they took over administration of St. John's Hospital on the North Side of Pittsburgh, and opened a nursing school. The Sisters also administered Braddock General Hospital. The Sisters became administrators of Divine Providence Hospital on the North Side in 1955 and continued to be involved in the administration of the hospital until its sale in 1993 to the Mercy Health System.
In recent years, the Community has expanded its ministries to include pastoral care, social work, campus ministry, educational administration, foster parenting, work among those who are poor, and work on behalf of peace and justice. The Community has recommitted itself to the ideals espoused by the founders, Bishop Emmanuel von Ketteler and Mother Marie de la Roche "to advance the cause of the oppressed." Their 1985 Provincial Chapter Documents state that they are committed "as Providence women to share in the task of co-creating a just world for the 21st Century." Today, the diverse ministries in which the Sisters are involved reflect the needs of a diverse population.