Open House coming soon
Our annual Open House is Sunday, Nov. 4, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. We encourage you to invite your neighbors, family and friends to attend this event, which is for prospective students of all ages and their families.

Faculty and staff, Student Ambassadors, alumni, and Board of Trustees members will be on hand to showcase our beautiful facility and extensive offerings, including the chapel and recently completed Pioneer Athletic Center. Information regarding curriculum, the House Student Leadership Program, technology, performing arts, clubs and organizations, athletics, and financial assistance will be available. Refreshments will be provided, and each student receives a gift.

Anyone needing more information can contact the Providence Advancement Office at 812-945-3350 or visit our website and Facebook page. RSVPs are not required.
Juniors enjoy overnight class retreat
Providence has a rich retreat program for its students, starting with the Freshman Retreat Days facilitated by a team from CYO Camp Rancho Framasa. The sophomores will participate in their retreat day, which is facilitated by a NET Ministries Team at Mt. St. Francis, next Tuesday or Wednesday. The juniors have the opportunity to attend one of three overnight experiences at Mt. St. Francis. The first was in September, and the next two are in January and April. The seniors begin their four-day retreat opportunities next month, with two more opportunities in February and March. Students from the first Junior Retreat share their experience. Read more.
New liturgical music coordinator has PHS connection
Today at our all-school liturgy, we welcomed a new liturgical music coordinator, Mrs. Kate Nitzken.

Mrs. Nitzken is a cantor and the wedding music director for St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish in Louisville and heard about the opportunity at Providence from her sister-in-law, Mrs. Connie Scharre. Mrs. Nitzken has taught various subjects at several different schools, from the University of Louisville, where she was a teacher educator for the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program, to South Oldham and Trinity high schools, where she taught drama and English and was a theatre director.

Mrs. Nitzken said she looks forward to working with the students in our Music Ministry program and growing the ministry.

"I hope that all musicians, both vocal and instrumental, will become part of this important ministry committed to creating a 'joyful noise' that will inspire the faith of the student body, faculty, and parents who love our school," she said.
School News: theatre shows, Powder Puff, more
Children's show debuts tomorrow, fall musical next month
This weekend, the freshman and sophomore Providence Players will present The Enchanted Bookshop, a children's play performed in the Robinson Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Admission is $5 at the door.  Read more .
Coming up next month, Honk!, a musical staged by students in the Musical Theatre Production class, will be in the Ray Day Little Theatre. Show times are 7:00 p.m. Nov. 8-10 and 2:00 p.m. on Nov. 11. Tickets are $10 and will soon go on sale online on the school website. They will also be available at the door, but seating is limited, so advanced purchase is recommended. 

Powder Puff to raise money for After Prom
The annual Powder Puff football game between the junior and senior girls is tonight, Oct. 25, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Murphy Stadium. In lieu of an admission fee, students and parents are asked to contribute a donation to fund After-Prom activities in April. There will be a donation basket in the entryway of the PAC.

Archbishop Thompson visits Providence, speaks at ASAP
This morning, Archbishop Charles Thompson celebrated our all-school liturgy, accompanied by many of our Deanery priests. Last night, he was the featured speaker at our Annual Student Assistance Program Reception & Dinner.

House of Humility hosts students vs. faculty softball game
The House of Humility hosted its annual student vs. faculty softball game in memory of Brandon Tevis ex-'16, a former member of the House. The game is intended to raise awareness for epilepsy research. The faculty won this year's game 4-3.

Deanery eighth graders visit
Last week, students from six Deanery schools took part in our Introduction to High School day. Eighth graders from Holy Family, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Sacred Heart, St. Anthony, St. John Paul II, and St. Mary of the Knobs visited classrooms, listened to a presentation, took part in a question-and-answer session, and ate lunch in our cafeteria.

Sophomores receive House pins, class rings
Last week, the sophomore class celebrated their commitment to Providence. After a class Mass celebrated by chaplain Fr. Dan Atkins '66, Fr. Dan blessed the students' class rings. Senior executive delegates from each House then presented each student with his or her House pin, and Principal Dr. Mindy (Lankert) Ernstberger '74 presented them with their rings or other special token.

House of Loyalty wins Guerin Day
Students celebrated Guerin Day the last day before fall break, starting with an inspirational talk from Mrs. Tori Murden McClure, president of Spalding University and the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean and other adventurous treks. The students then moved into the competitions, and the House of Loyalty came out on top to win a spot in the spring House Cup.

Also announced at Guerin Day, the House of Justice won the First Quarter points competition in a close match up with the House of Integrity. Initially, Integrity was named the winner by a slim margin until the First Quarter Honor Roll was included. Justice will join Loyalty in the House Cup next semester.

Soup Day to bring awareness of hunger 
Soup Day is tomorrow, Oct. 26. This annual tradition sponsored by the cafeteria staff is intended to remind students that many people who are less fortunate go hungry on a daily basis. Lunch will be simple soups and sandwiches, and students are encouraged to donate canned goods and dry food staples. Students can earn House points by bringing in food items through Friday.

Theatre Department to welcome German actors
In what has become a tradition, a group of thespian students from Germany will visit Providence Oct. 29-30. Some of our students will be acting as hosts during their stay, and the visitors will attend some classes with them. The German students also will perform for some of the student body as well.

Pinterest Club holds first meeting
The Pinterest Club, which brings together students and faculty who enjoy making crafts found on social media site Pinterest, had their first meeting earlier this month and chose to make a fall craft.

Students perform at zoo's Halloween party
If you take any little ones to the Louisville Zoo's World's Largest Halloween Party this weekend, look for Wreck it Ralph and Peter Pan, characters portrayed by two of our students. Senior Jesse Zoeller is Wreck It Ralph, and junior Luke Rodski is Peter Pan. The students have been working each weekend at the zoo throughout October and will continue through this weekend. Read more.
Pioneer Profile: Football players aim at state

Throughout the year, we will be featuring various student-athletes from the current season. 
This issue's Pioneer Profile features three members of the Football team, one from each specialty.

Senior Brandon Schafer, kicker and punter for the Football team, is 30 for 33 on points after touchdown (PAT) and three for three on field goals over his Providence career. He also plays baseball and never played football before his freshman year.

Senior Kaden Williams, running back for the Football team, has amassed more than 4,075 rushing yards and 54 rushing touchdowns over the last four years, also was new to football when he joined his freshman year. He also plays safety for the defense and centerfield on the Baseball team. 

Senior James Hoke, who has racked up nearly 100 tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries in his career on the Pioneer defense, started playing football in grade school but took a break in junior high before coming back out his freshman year. 

Sports news: season wrap ups
Volleyball heads back to 4A semi-state

Several of our fall sports concluded their season with runs into the postseason, with Football, Volleyball, and Cheer continuing theirs. Football plays Perry Central at Perry Central at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time on Friday in Game 2 of sectional. Volleyball faces Avon at the Columbus East Semi-State at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. The Cheer team competes in the IASP regional at 12:06 p.m. at Greenfield-Central High School.

Boys Tennis has successful season
Boys Tennis concluded a successful season with a 2-3 sectional loss to Jeffersonville. That loss demonstrated how the team improved after a 1-4 loss to Jeffersonville in the regular season. The regular season loss sparked an eight-match win streak, which included defeating New Albany, defeating Evansville Memorial, and winning the Columbus East Invitational. Pioneer tennis finished with a 10-7 record and a No. 5 district ranking. Senior captain Carson Carrico became the first singles sectional champion for Providence since 1998 and fourth in program history. Read more.

Boys Soccer wins third consecutive regional
Boys Soccer had a successful season with a 12-7 season record. Highlights included beating two of three local rivals (New Albany 2-1 and Jeff 3-1) and advancing to semi-state for the third time in as many years. Read more.

Girls Soccer wins back-to-back sectionals
Girls Soccer captured its second sectional title in a row early in Fall Break with a 6-0 win over Trinity Lutheran. The next week, the girls fell to defending state champions Evansville Mater Dei 4-0 at regional. The team finished the season ranked No. 9 and posted an 11-6-1 record, which was its 19th consecutive winning campaign. Read more.

Cross Country sends two to semi-state
The Boys and Girls Cross Country teams wrapped up their seasons at the Brown County Semi-State. The boys' team placed in the top five at sectional as a team to advance, and junior Natalie Boesing made her third
 consecutive trip to semi-state for the girls.

Student-athletes, coach receive various honors
A number of our student-athletes have received recognition from various outlets and organizations for their accomplishments this season, including:
  • Senior Volleyball players Haylee Hall and Grace Hublar were named to Indiana High School Volleyball Coaches Association Academic All-State.
  • Sophomore Volleyball player Ali Hornung has been nominated as a National Player of the Week. She also was nominated a Courier-Journal Player of the Week. Click here to vote.
  • Senior Girls Golfer Alex Henderson received an Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association Academic All State Honorable Mention.
  • Football Coach Larry Denison '86 was nominated for Colts/NFL Coach of the Week for Region 10 for Week 8 and received an honorable mention.
  • Senior Football running back Kaden Williams was named to Indiana Football Digest's Honor Roll for Week Eight for his 12 runs for 211 yards and four touchdowns in the Pioneers' 42-13 win over Milan and again in Week Nine for his 15 carries for 208 yards with three touchdowns in the Pioneers' 35-14 win over Linton-Stockton.
  • Senior Football player Chase Aldridge was voted the WDRB Play of the Week for Week Nine for stripping the ball from the Linton-Stockton running back and then recovering the fumble. His recovery from a broken neck from a wrestling accident his sophomore year was featured in a news interview.
  • Sophomore Football player Jeremy Gettelfinger was nominated for the WDRB Play of the Week for Week 10 for his interception and 57-yard yard touchdown. Voting is still taking place.
  • Senior Lilly Bivens was named American Volleyball Coaches Association's Player of the Week for the State of Indiana for the week of Oct. 1. The previous week, she recorded 97 assists in nine sets played (an average of 10.78 assists per set) and eight aces and helped the team to a .295 hitting percentage for the week.
  • Senior Bryce Drury, a wide receiver on the Football team, was nominated for the Courier Journal player of the week for catching two scoring passes of 48 and 22 yards in the Pioneers' 20-14 defeat of Mitchell.
New athletic trainer on staff
Danny Cobble is our new athletic trainer. He received his bachelor of science in kinesiology from the University of Kentucky, his master's degree in athletic training from the University of South Carolina, and his master's in athletic administration from Western Kentucky University. He has been a certified athletic trainer since 2003. His experience includes working at the University of South Carolina as an assistant athletic trainer with football and men's tennis and four years as the head football athletic trainer for Western Kentucky University. Cobble also completed an internship in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Parent Notes:  Honor Roll
Honor Roll is posted
The First Quarter Honor Roll is now available online. It also was printed in the News & Tribune.

Senior parents reminder
Seniors must have their yearbook photo taken at Whyland's Studio in Jeffersonville or Lifetouch in Highlander Point in Floyds Knobs by the end of October. Please schedule an appointment soon.
Thank you for attending ASAP Dinner
We thank all alumni, parents, and friends who attended the Annual Student Assistance Program Reception and Dinner last night. Your support of this program allows students who otherwise could not afford tuition to attend Providence. If you were unable to attend, you may still contribute to the ASAP fund by clicking here.
Two Volleyball alumnae earn national recognition
The Volleyball program has produced not only multiple state title winning teams in recent years, but several NCAA Division I athletes at the college level. Two of those alumnae are in the senior season and are among the 30 finalists for the NCAA Volleyball Senior CLASS Award for their notable achievements in the areas of community, classroom, character and competition: Patricia Mattingly '15, a setter for the U.S. Naval Academy's women's volleyball team, and Haley Libs '15, an outside hitter for the Northern Kentucky University's women's volleyball team. Both also have received multiple accolades throughout their careers.

Libs is the only player in the Horizon League to be named to the candidate list. She has led her team in kills in every season while holding a 4.00 grade point average. She is a two-time Horizon League All-Academic honoree and was named to the CoSIDA All-District team in 2017. Earlier this season, she was named to the 1,000 kill/1,000 dig club. She is a three-time captain as chosen by her teammates for her commitment and work ethic to both volleyball and academic studies.

Mattingly became the Navy volleyball program's third CoSIDA Academic All-American last year when she received third-team accolades. She also was the 2016 and 2017 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Setter of the Year for her sport. Mattingly has received academic honors from the USNA in each of her six completed semesters by being named to the Superintendent's List. When she was nominated, Mattingly was on the verge of breaking the Navy record for career assists and becoming Navy's first and the eighth player in Patriot League history to amass both 3,000 assists and 1,000 digs in a career. She was selected as the Patriot League for both the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot to be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans.

Shannon hits 1,000 dig record
Audrey Shannon '16, senior libero for Saint Mary's College volleyball, earned her 1000th dig of her career earlier this season. A Marshall University transfer, she is in her second season at St. Mary's and plans to graduate in May after only three years in college.
Reunion planning for 2018
Reunion planning is underway for the class years ending in 3 and 8. To ensure you receive reunion information in a timely manner, please update your contact info here.
  • 1955: Quarterly gathering at Radisson Hotel, 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville; 11:30 a.m. Dec. 7, 2018. No RSVP necessary. Contact Donna (Beswick) Detrick at (812) 945-0333 with questions.
  • 1960 - Annual mini-reunion brunch will be on  Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. at the Orange Clover Copper Room. Details will be on  class web page and  Facebook page.
  • 2008: Nov. 3, 2018, Covered Bridge Golf Club. Save the date and other info on class  Facebook page . Invitations have been sent.
Save the date: Class of 1969 50th Reunion, Sept. 20-21, 2019. More info to follow. And mark your calendar for the Golden Diploma Dinner hosted by Providence on March 2, 2019. Save the dates will be sent.
History of Providence basketball available
Copies of A Pioneering Spirit, co-signed by the authors, are available for sale in the Providence Main Office during school hours, or simply call Charlie Jenkins '57 at 812-945-8715 or email Ray Day '57 at to order. Books are just $20. When ordered by phone, add the cost of shipping. The book is also available online at but the book will not be signed by the authors.
Schmidts spend fall break on medical mission trip
Helping others is just part of who Dr. Toni (Sartini) Schmidt '78 is. Whether she is working with a patient in her Palmyra dental practice or in the Dominican Republic on a medical mission trip, she simply wants the person to feel better. She has been working with patients in her office for nearly 30 years, and earlier this month traveled with her husband, Mike Schmidt '78, to share her dental expertise on her fourth mission trip. Read more.
Oct. 26-27:   The Enchanted Bookshop , Robinson Auditorium
Oct. 26: Deanery Science Fair
Nov. 4: Open House, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Nov. 9: Second Quarter Progress Report
Nov. 8-11: Fall Musical

Feast day of St. John Paul II, Oct. 22

Oh, St. John Paul, from the window of heaven, grant us your blessing! Bless the church that you loved and served and guided, courageously leading it along the paths of the world in order to bring Jesus to everyone and everyone to Jesus. Bless the young, who were your great passion. Help them dream again, help them look up high again to find the light that illuminates the paths of life here on earth.

May you bless families, bless each family! You warned of Satan's assault against this precious and indispensable divine spark that God lit on earth. St. John Paul, with your prayer, may you protect the family and every life that blossoms from the family.

Pray for the whole world, which is still marked by tensions, wars and injustice. You tackled war by invoking dialogue and planting the seeds of love: pray for us so that we may be tireless sowers of peace.

Oh St. John Paul, from heaven's window, where we see you next to Mary, send God's blessing down upon us all. Amen.

Christa (Payne) Hoyland '84
Director of Communications
eVision reporter/writer

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