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Julia Guerette ’16 traveled to Peru to work at a maternity
clinic run by Dominican sisters that operates a pharmacy,
outpatient unit, and an orphanage.

Father Smith Fellows to spend the summer abroad in study and service

Eleven Providence College students awarded Father Philip A. Smith, O.P. Fellowships for Study and Service Abroad will enjoy an all-expenses-paid summer of study and service in South America, Europe, South Africa, Australia, and the Philippines.

The students — three rising juniors and eight rising seniors — were notified of their selection in February after an application process that began at the start of the academic year. The fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to highly motivated students in good academic standing who seek to deepen their acquaintance with the Catholic and Dominican intellectual tradition and with Christian service.

The fellowships cover travel, living, and incidental expenses. They are funded through the generosity of present and past members of the Board of Trustees, among other contributors, and are administered by the Office of Mission and Ministry.

For the first time in the six-year history of the program, Father Smith Fellows will journey to Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, and Dublin, and for the first time in five years, to the Philippines. There have been 43 Smith Fellows over six summers, with 11 being the most ever in a single year.

2014 Father Smith fellows

  • Kathleen McGreal ’15 (Watertown, Mass.), who is majoring in both sociology and English, is in Baños de Agua Santa, Ecuador, teaching English and serving in Family Ministries with the Dominican Friars of Ecuador.
  • Julia Guerette ’16 (Seattle, Wash.), a health policy and management major, is in Cimbote, Peru, serving with the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids, Mich., in Centro de Obras Sociales, La Maternidad de Maria Maternity Clinic.
  • Renee Altimari ’15 (Westerly, R.I.), a health policy and management major, and Elizabeth Nako ’15 (Natick, Mass.), a history major, are together in Sydney, Australia. They are serving in health care and education ministries with the Dominican Sisters of Eastern Australia and the Solomon Islands.
  • Margaret Schmidt ’16 (Gates Mills, Ohio), a Spanish major, is in Tucuman, Argentina, serving in community ministries with the Dominican Sisters of Tucuman.
  • Joseph Day ’15 (Rehoboth, Mass.), a history major, and Jenna L. Donahue ’16 (Avon, Conn.), a double major in marketing and finance, are in Springs, South Africa, at the St. Martin de Porres Development Centre and Orphanage run by the Dominican Friars of South Africa.
  • Emily Labattaglia ’15 (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.), a pre-engineering major, will spend June and part of July in Bethany House Santo Niño Orphanage, Tage Guiginto, Bulacan, Philippines. She will serve with the Dominican Sisters of St. Joseph.
  • Kate E. Jorgensen ’15 (Bedford, Mass.), a biology and English double major, will be at the Priory Institute of St. Saviour’s in Dublin, Ireland, from early July to the end of August with the Dominican Friars of Ireland and the Dominican Sisters of Cabra, Ireland. She will research three poets — Rev. Pádraigín Haicéad, O.P.; Rev. Paul Murray, O.P.; and Rev. Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. 
  • Alexandra Rawson ’15 (Dudley, Mass.), a health policy and management major, and Kerry O’Donohue ’15 (Sparkill, N.Y.), a biology major, will be in Australia and the Solomon Islands from early July to the end of August. They will serve with the Dominican Sisters of Eastern Australia and the Solomon Islands in health care and education ministries in Sydney, Australia, and then will work with the Dominican Sisters and Bishop Christopher M. Cardone, O.P. ’80, in Auki, Malaita Island, Solomon Islands.

The fellowships honor the late Rev. Philip A. Smith, O.P. ’63, president of the College from 1994-2005.


— Vicki-Ann Downing

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