Hermana de la Providencia Virginia Miller

La Hermana Virginia Miller creció en Longview como la menor de tres hermanas. Inspirada por su hermana mayor, ingresó a la vida religiosa el 17 de julio de 1948. Cuando reflexiona acerca de las siete décadas como Hermana de la Providencia, se siente sobrecogida por la bondad de Dios para con ella. “Pertenezco a una comunidad religiosa de mujeres talentosas y amorosas, cuya misión es cuidar de los enfermos, los pobres y de los que sufren, y quienes están avocadas a aliviar las injusticias en el mundo de hoy”, expresa, “¿Qué más puede uno desear?"

Providence Sister Virginia Miller

Sister Virginia Miller grew up the youngest of three sisters in Longview. Inspired by her older sister, she entered religious life on July 17, 1948. As she reflects on her seven decades as a Sister of Providence, she is overwhelmed with God’s goodness to her. “I belong to a religious community of talented, dedicated, caring women whose mission is to care for the sick, the poor and the suffering, and who are actively involved in alleviating the injustices in our world today,” she says. “What more could anyone ever desire?”

A life of service: Father Phillip Bloom

The third son in a family of five boys and one girl, Father Phillip Bloom grew up on a dairy farm in Arlington and on Camano Island. He studied theology in Rome and was ordained at St. Peter’s Basilica. He spent seven years as a missionary in Peru, where he helped found the Mary Bloom Center (named for his mother), which is dedicated to the medical and educational needs of the poorest people in the city of Puno.

A life of service: Holy Names Sister Mary Annette Dworshak

Sister Mary Annette Dworshak grew up in Miles City, Montana, where she was inspired by the Ursuline and Edmonds Dominican sisters who taught her. Her uncle, Bishop Leo F. Dworschak of Fargo, North Dakota, told her that becoming a religious sister would mean exploring the world with new eyes and insights. But she never imagined she would collaborate on her community’s official stands on water rights, human trafficking, and immigrants and refugees; study at the International School of Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem; or travel with a Leadership Conference of Women Religious delegation to Mexico in support of fair-trade coffee growers and women’s weaving cooperatives.

A life of service: Sister Cele Gorman, OP

Dominican Sister Cele Gorman is a Seattle native who has spent nearly her entire ministry serving in Western Washington. For two decades, she and Sister Kath Silverthorn were featured on KIRO Radio’s The Dori Monson Show in the popular “One-on-One Against the Nuns” segment, where they’d pick the winners of each week’s NFL games. She’s an honorary chair of the Archdiocese of Seattle’s Called to Serve as Christ campaign supporting retired priests, women religious and parishes.

Catholic Voices - What can you do to promote vocations?

The U.S. Catholic Church celebrates National Vocation Awareness Week Nov. 5–11. It sounds like an event the church is putting on for us, but it is really a call to action for members of the church. A vocation is a calling, and we are all called to serve Jesus. But Vocation Awareness Week highlights those special vocations of service for the church: priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life. This week reminds us of the need for holy and dedicated persons to fulfill these vocations.

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