August 8, 2014

Sister of Providence professes first vows on June 29 at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

After professing her first vows as a Sister of Providence at Church of the Immaculate Conception in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on June 29, Providence Sister Arrianne Whitaker, right, poses with Sisters of Providence Director of Novices Sister Janice Smith. (Submitted photo)

After professing her first vows as a Sister of Providence at Church of the Immaculate Conception in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on June 29, Providence Sister Arrianne Whitaker, right, poses with Sisters of Providence Director of Novices Sister Janice Smith. (Submitted photo)

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On June 29, Providence Sister Arrianne Whitaker professed first vows as a member of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in St. Mary-of-the-Woods. The profession of these vows concluded her novitiate, a two-year formation program with the congregation.

During this first year of the novitiate program, she studied Scripture and spirituality, participated in communal and private prayer and continued discerning a possible call to religious life through participation in a variety of programs, seminars and other projects.

The second year of the novitiate is referred to as the mission novice year. Novices live the everyday life of a fully professed sister during this time, but they have not yet professed vows as a member of the congregation.

Sister Arrianne currently ministers as a teacher to toddlers at a child day care facility in Indianapolis.

She is a native of Germantown, Wis., and is the daughter of Dr. Michael and Kathleen Whittaker.

She attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences and a minor in psychology.
 

(For more information about the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, log on to spsmw.org.)

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