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  • We, the Sisters of Providence, are a Catholic community of women religious. Our administrative offices are located at Providence Place, 5 Gamelin Street, Holyoke, Massachusetts 01040-4081.
  • Phone: (413) 536-7511
    E-mail: email
  • Our Community’s initials are SP.
  • Our Executive Council includes our President and two Councilors, one of whom also serves as the Vice President.
  • Our President is Sister Kathleen Popko (right).
  • Our Councilors are Sister Mary Caritas Geary, vice president (center), and Sister Senga Fulton, secretary general and treasurer.
    Executive Council 2018
  • The Sisters first came to Holyoke in 1873 as members of another community from Kingston, Ontario, Canada. We were incorporated as an independent diocesan congregation of the Springfield Diocese on December 17, 1892.
  • Our Sisters of Providence Mission Statement is:
    We are called to reveal in the Church the mystery of God’s providence. Trusting in the fulfillment of God’s promises, we risk all for the sake of the Kingdom. With tender compassion we communicate hope to those in need through ministries of healing, attending particularly to the cry of the poor and oppressed.
  • While most of us, quite naturally, came from Massachusetts, we have had members from thirteen other states, as well as nine other countries!
  • The way we dress and the way we live out our religious life has changed over the years, but our commitment to our faith, hope and trust in our Provident God remains the same.
  • We offer an Associate program open to women and men who are rooted in Gospel values and who wish to share in our charism and spirituality but do not seek a vowed religious life.
  • We voted as a community to make a public statement outlining Our Corporate Stand for Peace. Excerpts from this statement offer a message of action to all of us who wish to be people of peace. Our commitment to peace has moved us to:
    pray for peace;
    join with all persons in the ongoing struggle to secure peace in the world;
    work with others to challenge and change the institutions and systems which contribute to the arms build-up;
    dedicate ourselves to education and action to promote and bring about peace.

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