The Associate Providence Award is given to an Associate who is nominated by the Associates because she/he exhibits the following criteria:
1. manifests trust in Providence;
2. lives with a spirit of joy, hospitality and hopefulness;
3. demonstrates justice by word and service to those in need; and
4. has been an active Associate for at least three years.
Nuala Filberg was the first recipient of the Providence Award. Gil Weyhaupt, the second recipient, received the award at the Assembly in August, 2008. In 2009, Esther Jimenez from Arecibo, Puerto Rico, became the third recipient of the Providence Award.
2010 Providence Award
The recipient of the 2010 Providence Award is Associate Linda Hoefflin. Linda was selected by the five vowed member Local Coordinators from among the 11 Associates nominated by 21 Associates and Sisters.
Linda was selected because she holds the ideal of Providence in her heart and has demonstrated qualities that are an inspiration to all Associates.
In making the presentation, Sister Barbara McMullen noted that Linda manifests trust in Providence by the way she speaks of it actively in her life and by the way she approaches her ministry to sick children and their parents.
In the nominations for Linda, it was pointed out that she exhibits a spirit of joy and hospitality as she welcomes new people into the Associate relationship and displays compassion toward the homeless clients at Room At The Inn and at La Posada.
Another nomination noted that Linda demonstrates justice by word and service through her willingness to travel to other countries to serve the poor with Doctors Without Borders.