Photos of OSP and IHM Sisters sharing the past, present, and visioning their future!
The Oblate Sisters of Providence and the three congregations of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary gathered in Scranton, July 12-15, 2015, to celebrate their common heritage and their shared future. Marking the 170th anniversary of IHM founding and the 186th anniversary of OSP founding, their time together included theological reflection, prayer, singing, dancing, and renewing friendships. Visit our media page for video clips of our gatherings.
OSP IHM is a union in sisterhood of the Oblate Sisters of Providence and the three congregations of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. As Catholic sisters, we share a common consecration and dedication to God, and we also share a common history and charism. OSP IHM is our story of faithfulness, mission, struggle, racism, separation, reconciliation, and the bonds of sisterhood.
The OSP IHM image of hands joined together symbolizes our coming together after years of separation and renewing our shared charism and celebrating our uniqueness and diversity. The plant symbolizes the growth of our four communities from a heritage rooted in the Catholic faith and in our foremothers Mary Lange, OSP, and Theresa Maxis Duchemin, IHM. Trusting in the Providence of God, we the daughters of Mary and the daughters of Theresa reach out to others through education, pastoral care, prayer, and systemic change to bring healing and reconciliation, especially around the dynamics of racism and oppression.