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Oblate Sisters of Providence

Foundress Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange, OSPOn July 2, 1829 the Oblate Sisters of Providence were founded by Mother Mary Lange, OSP, and Rev. James Nicholas Joubert, SS as the first congregation of women religious of African descent. This was the beginning of a legacy that has thrived over the past 177 years in 25 cities in the United States, Cuba, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and most recently Africa. As the world's first Congregation of women religious of African descent, we spread the good news of Christ by the integrity of our faith, our love for God and our firm hope and trust in God's Providence by following the teachings of Mother Mary Lange, OSP, our saintly foundress and our founder Rev. James Nicolas Joubert, SS. Our work is primarily among the African Americans communities in the inner city and Caribbean countries. In these we continue Mother Lange's tradition of education and service to the poor, the neglected and to all those in need. The primary determinants of our ministries are a keen awareness of and a positive response to the signs of the times.

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We, the Oblate Sisters of Providence, having discerned the Gospel origins of our Congregation, and after profound reflection on our founding and our history, declare the following as our most cherished beliefs:

We believe as did our Foundress Mother Mary Lange OSP, and our Founder Reverend James Nicholas Hector Joubert SS, that God provided, does provide and will provide.

We believe as an African American Congregation of multicultured women religious, we are a unique and visible testimony of the Church and a constant challenge to its authenticity to be the voice of Jesus Christ to all people.

We believe we are called to be radically transformed in order to face the challenges of confronting society and the church.

We believe in the prophetic role we must fulfill in our day to expose and to overcome every form of racism which continues to divide our society and our church and injure our families.

We believe the suffering that has been intrinsic to our Congregation from its beginning enables us to reach out to others with tenderness and compassion.

We believe our Oblate vocation calls and enables us to embrace all people equally with dignity and respect, free from any form of prejudice, discrimination or distrust.

We believe we are guided by the holy Spirit to see Christ in each person, thus liberating, education, and healing all, especially youth, the aged and the poor.

 

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