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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Sisters of Providence choose new leadership for Mother Joseph Province

the Inland Register

(From the Jan. 14, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

New leadership for the Sisters of Providence, Mother Joseph Province, for 2010-14 includes (from left) Providence Sisters Karin Dufault (Provincial Superior), and Jo Ann Showalter, Maureen Newman, and Judith Desmarais (Provincial Councilors). (IR photo courtesy of the Sisters of Providence)

Four Sisters of Providence have been named to provide leadership for Mother Joseph Province for a five-year term which began Jan. 1.

Sister Karin Dufault, Portland, Ore., will serve as Provincial Superior/Leadership Team Coordinator. Provincial Councilors are Sisters Jo Ann Showalter, Spokane; Judith Desmarais, Seattle; and Maureen Newman, Seattle.

The new Provincial Superior and Council members have appointed Karen Lauby as provincial secretary, effective Jan. 1. She has served in that role since January 2007. Jennifer S. Hall, director of finance, will become provincial treasurer after a transition period. Together, they will make up the six-member Leadership Team for Mother Joseph Province, headquartered in Renton, Wash.

Sister Anita Butler will continue to serve as provincial treasurer until the transition is complete.

In addition to leading the Religious community, the Leadership Team members serve as corporate members of Providence Pariseau Corporation, which includes Providence Hospitality House and Sojourner Place in Seattle, and Building Bridges in Portland, Ore. They also co-sponsor other ministries, including the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center (IPJC) and Intercommunity Mercy Housing, both in Seattle, and Transitions in Spokane.

The former Provincial Superior and Council members were the corporate sponsors of Providence Health & Services, but as of Jan. 1, 2010, that role has been taken over by the Sisters and laity who have formed Providence Ministries.


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