Rev. Brian J. Shanley
Before it was a place name, "providence" was a theological term denoting God's loving plan to bring each created being to its proper fulfillment. Thus the name Providence College does not merely reflect the location of the school, but rather its deepest mission: to provide an environment where each person created in the image and likeness of God comes to understand his or her identity and role in the plan of God.
My commitment to and passion for that mission stems from my own history at Providence College. I first came on the campus in the Fall of 1976 wanting to go to law school in order to change the world through political activity. I left four years later heading to the Dominican novitiate instead. What happened in between was a deep transformation of my sense of who I was called to be through the providential ministrations of the Dominicans, the faculty, and my classmates. Through what I heard from the pulpit, learned in the classroom, and experienced on campus, God's providence set the course for my life's vocation.
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