Eagle River resident Kathryn Martin recently deepened her relationship with the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.
On Saturday, Nov. 10, Kathryn made a commitment as a Providence Associate, joining 22 other 2018 associates with the Sisters of Providence during the rite of commitment ceremony.
Co-Director of Providence Associates Sr. Susan Paweski 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. Kathryn’s companion was Sr. Joan Slobig.
“They both commit to praying and meeting on a regular basis to unfold the mission and ministry of the Sisters of Providence,” Sr. Susan said. “A binder of materials, the Spiritual Integration Units, provides the background, spirituality and mission of the congregation.”
Sr. Susan said the Nov. 10 commitment ceremony brought the total of Providence Associates to more than 270 in the United States and Taiwan.
This year, 19 women and men began their journey as candidate-associates. The associate relationship is open to all people of faith, ages 18 and older.