Westfield residents Deanna and John Schleeter recently deepened their relationship with the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Indiana.
On Nov. 18, both Deanna and John made commitments as Providence Associates, joining 20 other 2017 associates with the Sisters of Providence during the rite of commitment ceremony. The ceremony coincided with the Providence Associates 10-year anniversary celebration.
Director of Providence Associates Sister Diane Mason, SP, said in order to become a Providence Associate, a candidate is paired with a Sister of Providence or Providence Associate companion and goes through a year of study, prayer and reflection. Deanna's companion was Providence Associate Millie Brady while John's companion was Providence Associate Phil Brady.
Sister Diane said the Nov. 18 commitment ceremony brought the total of Providence Associates to more than 270 in the United States and Taiwan.
This year, more than 30 women and men began their journey as Candidate-Associates. The associate relationship is open to all people of faith, ages 18 and older.
"In many cases, a deep friendship forms between the candidate and companion and they continue the journey of Providence that so far has never failed us," Sister Diane said.
If you feel called to explore the Providence Associate relationship, learn more at ProvidenceAssociates.org or contact Debbie Dillow, Providence Associate, at 317-250-3294 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Providence Associates of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, are women and men of faith who choose to have an intentional relationship with the Sisters of Providence, a Congregation of Catholic women religious committed to effecting positive change in the world.
Providence Associates commit to sharing their own unique gifts and talents with others while walking with the Sisters of Providence. Currently more than 200 Providence Associates live out Providence spirituality in their daily lives across the United States and in Taiwan. Learn more at ProvidenceAssociates.org