Dear Friends:

Sr. Joan GallagherIt hardly seems possible that it has been nearly a year since the launch of “Are You Hearing God’s Call?” This blog, written by Sisters of Providence in formation who are candidates, novices and sisters who have made temporary vows, has been a labor of love. The new sisters in Mother Joseph Province have shared their thoughts about their discernment of how God is calling them, their insights into what religious life is like, and their hopes and dreams.

Thank you for reading their words and following their blog posts. As vocation director, I have loved hearing their stories and I am delighted to have been able to share them with you.

Since we began our blog, two of the writers have professed perpetual vows: Sisters Jessica Taylor and Vilma Franco. One of our novices, Sister Marita Capili, has traveled to El Salvador for a cross-cultural experience. And all of the sisters in formation are leading very busy lives as they continue to follow God’s call. For that reason, the blog will be on hiatus for a while, but the previous posts from the past year will continue to be available online for others who may look to them for inspiration.

The November 20 blog post will be our last for now, but this is a “see you later” rather than a “goodbye.” We will continue to welcome your questions and your queries to the Vocation Office at 509-474-2323 or

Thanks to the many others who have contributed to this blog – Sisters Huong Nguyen, Hong Nga Nguyen, Rosa Nguyen and Margarita Hernandez, as well as Vocation Committee members Sisters Beatrice LaFramboise and Maria Lourdes Cleto. The opening of your hearts to others has been a great blessing.

Providence of God, we thank You for all!
Joan Gallagher, SP
Vocation Director