Origin & History

Origin

Women from France, Belgium and Poland, from Madagascar, the United States, Ecuador and Nigeria.

Women who follow the poor, chaste and obedient Christ and participate in the on-going creative plan of God, a plan of salvation, of life for all of Creation.

Women religious, Sisters, convinced that God is merciful providence, loving tenderness and that God invites us to be providence for the world.

History

john martinJean Martin Moyë, a young parish priest in the city of Metz, France, became aware of the poverty of the people living in the rural areas. Moved by their miserable conditions, he developed a project to fight against the ignorance that trapped the people in inhuman situations.

He shared the project with Marguerite Lecomte and three of her companions, all of modest means. On January 14, 1762, sent by Jean Martin with no other security than their trust in Providence, Marguerite and her companions went to live in the isolated hamlets of Saint Hubert, Befey, Vigy and Vry.

They lived among the people, sharing their difficult life and teaching them “all that is necessary for salvation”.

For the Sisters, this was the beginning of a long partnership in response to God’s plan.

Always attentive to the calls of Providence in the events of history and the needs of the world, the Sisters of Providence responded to calls to work for a time in Algeria, Germany, Poland, Romania, Mali, Mayotte and Ghana.

histoire1Today they carry out their mission in France, Belgium, Madagascar, Ivory Coast, the Comoros, the United States and Ecuador. Faithful to Jean Martin Moye’s intuition, they are engaged in education annd they work in favor of those whom ignorance deprives of their dignity as human persons and their dignity as children of God.