Public Memorials to Sisters of Providence 

Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart statue, Statuary Hall, Washington, D.C.  Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart (detail), stained glass window at St. Joseph Parish, Yakima, Washington  The Academy, Vancouver, Washington  First convent of the sisters at St. Ignatius, Montana  Blessed Emilie Gamelin (detail), stained glass window at St. Joseph Parish, Yakima, Washington





Mother Joseph

  • Statue by sculptor Felix de Weldon in Statuary Hall, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C., 1980.
  • Statue by sculptor Felix de Weldon in Washington State Capitol, Olympia, Washington, 1980.
  • Statue (quarter-size) by sculptor Felix de Weldon in City Hall, Vancouver, Washington, 1980.
  • Stained glass window at St. Joseph Parish, Yakima, Washington, installed 2005 (Blessed Emilie Gamelin also included).
  • Mother Joseph Way, Vancouver, Washington (entrance street to Southwest Washington Medical Center).
  • Mother Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Vancouver, Washington (formerly St. James Acres Cemetery, a cemetery of the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle).
  • Plaque on lawn outside Providence Centralia Hospital, Centralia, Washington. Donated by 14-year old Cynder Viles as part of her Washington History Day Competition, 1989.
  • Bronze sculpture on outside wall of The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Washington, by sculptor Wayne Chabre, 2003.  Mother Joseph is one of 12 Inland Northwest leaders honored.
  • Plaque on Centralia College Clock Tower, Centralia, Washington, dedicated 1997.
  • April 16 proclaimed Mother Joseph Day in Washington State (non-legal holiday), in honor of her birthday. Bill signed by Governor Gary Locke April 16, 1999.
  • The Academy (formerly known as Providence Academy), Vancouver, Washington, the only extant building designed and built by Mother Joseph. Now contains offices and retail space. The non-denominational chapel can be rented for weddings.
  • National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Fort Worth, Texas. Image and biography in a digital kiosk.
  • Mother Joseph Assembly of the Fourth Degree, Knights of Columbus, Vancouver, Washington.
  • Mother Joseph Council, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Seattle, Washington.

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Quarter-size Statues of Mother Joseph in Sponsored Ministries
Smaller versions of the Felix de Weldon statue of Mother Joseph (1980).

  • Providence Alaska Medical Center, Anchorage
  • Providence Everett Medical Center, Everett, Washington
  • Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia, Washington
  • Providence Portland Medical Center, Portland, Oregon
  • Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Portland, Oregon
  • Providence Medford Medical Center, Medford, Oregon
  • Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, Burbank, California
  • Sisters of Providence Mother House, Montreal, Quebec
  • St. Mary Hospital, Walla Walla, Washington
  • University of Great Falls, Great Falls, Montana
  • St. Patrick Hospital, Missoula, Montana
  • Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, Washington
  • Providence Extended Care Center, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Mother Joseph Care Center, Olympia, Washington
  • Providence Milwaukie Hospital, Milwaukie, Oregon
  • Providence Health & Services Washington Regional Offices, Renton, Washington
  • Providence Newberg Hospital, Newberg, Oregon

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Blessed Emilie Gamelin

  • Statue by Raoul Hunter, dedicated at Providence Portland Medical Center, Portland, Oregon, and seven other institutions in Mother Joseph Province, 2007. The statues are replicas of Hunter's statue at the Berri-Uqam metro station in Montreal (1999), except that a loaf of bread has been added to her outstretched hand.
  • Statue as a young woman, in front of Emilie Court, Spokane, Spring 2005.  Created by sculptor Ken Spiering.
  • Icon in the chapel at Providence Portland Medical Center, Portland, Oregon, written by Father Jon Buffington.
  • Stained glass window at St. Joseph Parish, Yakima, Washington, installed 2005 (Mother Joseph also included).
  • First-class relic displayed in a special case on the wall of St. Joseph Church, Yakima, Washington, installed in September 2005.  The relic was given to Bishop Carlos Sevilla, Diocese of Yakima, in 2001 following Emilie Gamelin’s beatification.
  • First-class relic displayed in a special case in the main hallway of Providence High School, Burbank, California. The relic was a gift to the school from the General Administration at the time of the Beatification in 2001.

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Other Sisters of Providence

  • Portrait of Sister Bernadette Botch by Ken Spiering, created for Bernadette Place, Spokane, Washington, winter 2003.
  • Plaque in honor of Sister Simonne Begin at Harvest Health Center in North Carolina, dedicated fall 2002.
  • Recognition of Sister Peter Claver Thomas on the wall of the Journal of Business, Spokane, Washington.  Sister Peter Claver was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame, Spokane, in 2002 .
  • Signed, limited edition bronze medallion, created by sculptor Steve Gurtz, in Sister Loretta Marie Marceau's likeness is given by the Volunteers of America, Spokane, Washington.  The first medallion was given in November 2007.

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  • Sister Peter Claver Award given by Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, 1993-current, to honor a person who exemplifies the mission, commitment, and qualities of Sister Peter Claver.
  • Providence High School in Burbank, California, confers the Mother Joseph Award at the annual Graduation Ceremonies. The award was instituted in 1981 when the statue of Mother Joseph was installed in Statuary Hall, and is considered the highest award that can be received by a graduating senior.
  • Bishop Blanchet High School, Seattle, presents a Mother Joseph Service Award to one sophomore boy and one sophomore girl who have been committed to conduct above and beyond the call of duty.
  • Award in Sr. Loretta Marie's likeness that is given by Hope House to supporters.
  • Mother Joseph Award given by Mother Joseph Province, 2002-current, to a person who exemplifies the same values as Mother Joseph, to whom God has given the flame of compassion, courage, and loving service to those in need.

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  • Plaque marking the site of Seattle’s first hospital, Providence Hospital, 5th and Madison Streets, Seattle, Washington, dedicated 1967. The U.S. Federal Courthouse now occupies this site.
  • Sculpture, The Call and the Challenge by Ken Spiering, Riverfront Park, Spokane, Washington, 1986. Commissioned in recognition of the centennial of Sacred Heart Medical Center, the piece depicts a Sister of Providence laying bricks.
  • The first residence of the Sisters of Providence in St. Ignatius, Montana, is now a museum and can be seen on the grounds of St. Ignatius Mission.
  • Time capsules buried in Spokane, Washington (outside Mount St. Joseph) and Renton, Washington (outside the Regional offices) contain copies of "The Bell and the River" and a chaplet from one of the Sisters of Providence.

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