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

773-545-8300
www.dsmpic.org

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

(Arch)dioceses
Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Harrisburg, PA; New Ulm, MN; Providence, RI; Sioux Falls, SD; Syracuse, NY; Vancouver, BC (Canada)
International
Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, India, Italy, Mexico, Paraguay, Philippines, Romania, Spain, Switzerland
Mission
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.
Qualifications
Single laywoman or widowed, with good physical and mental health and who is mature enough to understand the responsibilities inherent in consecrated life.
Formation
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
18-30
Belated vocations?
Yes: Permission from mother general.

IRL Blog

Vocation Blog

A blog about vocations to the consecrated life.
  • “Preach the Gospel as you go for the streets!” ―Poor Friars Motto There is a new community in the diocese of Houma/Thibodaux in Louisiana whose members can be seen hitchhiking around the highways and byways of the diocese. The Little Friars and Little Nuns of Jesus and Mary, also known as the Poor Friars, were … Continue reading Little Friars and Little Nuns of Jesus and Mary →

  • Two Sisters from the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles came from opposite coasts for a recent Come & See weekend in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Sr. Elizabeth Therese, O.C.D., and Sr. Catherine Marie, O.C.D., live in Alhambra, CA, and Miami, FL, respectively, but have their roots in Minnesota. God’s call is … Continue reading God knows No Boundaries: Finding a Vocation With the Carmelites in California →

  • Christians in Asia That Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed, may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions. For more information, visit the Apostleship of Prayer.