Vocation Profile - Daughters of St. Mary of Providence

Daughters of St. Mary of Providence

Sr. Beth Ann Dillon D.S.M.P.
Vocation Director (for U.S.)
4200 N. Austin Avenue
Chicago, IL 60634


Professed members64 in USA; 850 worldwide
Year founded1881
Generalate/motherhouseRome, Italy
Province/federationImmaculate Conception

Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; New Ulm, MN; Philadelphia, PA; Providence, RI; Sioux Falls, SD; Syracuse, NY; Vancouver, BC (Canada)
Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, India, Italy, Mexico, Paraguay, Philippines, Romania, Spain, Switzerland
The Daughters of St. Mary of Providence were founded in 1881 by Saint Louis Guanella to spread the "Culture of Charity." As Instruments of Providence, we do not limit our energies but extend them to provide assistance whenever serious circumstances and need arise. The Daughters are currently serving in 14 countries around the world, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Romania, India, the Philippines, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Mexico, Canada and the United States. They are sent out to evangelize those in need and to reveal to them the Provident love of the Father with our works of mercy. We dedicate ourselves with a preferential love to persons less favored with gifts of intelligence and physical health, as well as, those in need of religious formation, and those deprived of human support. We offer our lives to as many as providence puts on our path ad feel the solicitous to be "sister, mother and friend," to become one family with them.
Single laywoman or widowed, with good physical and mental health and who is mature enough to understand the responsibilities inherent in consecrated life.
Aspirancy is a period of learning about the Congregation and participating in events and encounters with the Sisters, lasting one year to 16 months.

The Postulancy is a time that young woman deepens her relationship with Jesus Christ and what it means to follow Him in the Guanellian Spirit. This tie of formation lasts from 1-2 years.

The Novitiate is a time in which the person experiences a profound and transforming relationship with Jesus Christ, in order to become like Him and to take on the cause of the Kingdom according to the charism of the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence. The novitiate lasts for 2 years after which the young woman professes the Vows of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience.

The Juniorate covers the time dedicated to the maturing and deepening of the desire to give one's self totally to God in perpetual profession. Perpetual Profession can be made in the fifth year of Juniorate.
Age range/limit
Belated vocations?
Yes: Permission from mother general.

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