As Women of Providence we participate as co-creators with God in showing the face of Providence to our world and by building a future based on Christian hope... Congregational Statement on Charism
Sisters of Divine Providence are women of varied and diverse backgrounds and talents. We are united in our deep trust in a Provident God who loves and cares for all creation. Reflecting God's compassionate involvement in our world, we are called to hold all life sacred; create communities of joy and love; promote justice; seek to advance the cause of all people, especially those in need; practice responsible stewardship.
As Sisters of Divine Providence, we have a particular call to discover God's Providence and to help others discover it in all the events of daily life. Our love finds expression in many forms of service -- genuine concern for others is at the heart of our ministry.
A Divine Providence Sister
“Visibly do I see in all things the wonderful Providence of God. May my trust be ever firmer, and simpler.” Mother Marie De La Roche, Co-Founder of the Sisters of Divine Providence
With these words the Sisters of Divine Providence embrace life and live it in a spirit of trust and compassion. Our mission statement reflects our stance toward life in the lines,“… we nurture in ourselves and in others a trust and confidence in God’s faithful presence.” (CDP Mission Statement, 2003)
Trusting in God’s presence calls for ongoing fidelity, maturity, and a sense of adventure into the unknown. In a religious community of more than 600 Sisters worldwide, the Sisters of Divine Providence know that we do not stand alone in risking our love for God and others. In the U.S., Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Korea, and Peru, Sisters of Divine Providence daily meet the challenges of our Church and world.
Sustained by our community living, our prayer and faith sharing, and our love of serving God’s people, we journey together as signs of God’s love and care.
We invite women from 18 to 50 to join us in the adventure of making God’s Providence more visible in our world as a Sister of Divine Providence. The invitation is clear—God asks for your whole life. Does the God who loves you call you to more?
Theology and Spirituality
In traditional Providence theology, we are the recipients of God’s loving care. Today, theology has broadened our understanding of Providence to be more than God’s care for the world and our acceptance of that care. Providence is also about the way God’s care is made visible in our world . . . it can happen through us, through our care for others as we “partner with God.”
Charism & Spirituality
Sisters of Divine Providence are women of varied backgrounds and talents. We are united by our deep trust in our Provident God, who loves and cares for all creation. Called to compassionate involvement with all creation, we unite with people of good will to transform our world. Because of our broad vision, there is room for many kinds of women to join us in creating communities of joy and love, promoting justice that advances the cause of all people, especially those pushed to the margins by unjust systems in our world.
To live “in community” is to be a part of something greater than ourselves. As Sisters of Divine Providence, we live together, sharing prayer, meals and daily activities. We support each other in times of transition, joining one another in sorrow and celebration. Community living calls us to self-sacrifice, a willingness to place the needs of others above the wants of self. Living in community, we develop bonds of friendship, trust and compassion.
Communal prayer and personal reflection enable us to deepen our faith in a Provident God and bring us to a fuller understanding of ourselves and our relationships. In prayer and daily interaction, we share faith with one another—our stories of how God has transformed us and our world. Prayer is our fountain of grace, and from this fountain, we are strengthened to “commit ourselves to co-create a world of compassion, justice and peace.” (CDP Mission Statement, 2003)
We, the Congregation of Divine Providence, impelled
by the Spirit of Jesus, commit ourselves to co-create a world of
compassion, justice and peace. Guided by the legacy of Wilhelm Emmanuel
von Ketteler and Marie de la Roche, we nurture in ourselves and in
others a trust and confidence in God’s faithful presence. We further
commit ourselves to making God’s providence more visible in our world.