Providence Place is a mission-based non-profit, 55 plus community sponsored by the Sisters of Providence, Holyoke, Massachusetts. Throughout their history, generations of these Sisters stood on the threshold of new and innovative ministries. They were among the first Catholic Sisters in the nation to open their home to the laity by transforming their beloved Mother House into Providence Place, a caring, vibrant, independent living retirement community. That historic decision followed their prayerful discernment as to how to continue their legacy of good stewardship and the sharing of their resources—particularly their treasured home. Catherine Horan, their founder, advised their pioneer Sisters to not “rest” on what they had achieved, “but rather press forward to what remains to be accomplished.”
Today’s Sisters of Providence continue to take that advice to heart. They sponsor programs for the disadvantaged, are active in health care both regionally and on a national level, and sponsor the lovely Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center in Westfield.
In 2009, they opened Mary’s Meadow, a new model for residential long-term and rehabilitative care—the first of its type in Massachusetts—right here on our Providence Place campus! And now, within sight of us, they continue to develop The Hillside at Providence campus in West Springfield into a comprehensive health care ministry site with affordable housing units for elders.