Sr. Karin Dufault
Sr. Karin Dufault
This year the Sisters of Providence recognize four jubilarians with strong links to the Archdiocese of Portland: Sister Maggie Pastro, celebrating 50 years in the community, and Sisters Chauncey Boyle, Karin Dufault and Katherine Smith marking their 60th anniversaries.

Traditionally, the sisters have celebrated their jubilees at a liturgy and reception including family and friends held during the summer. In light of the pandemic and concerns about the safety of a large gathering, the 2020 jubilarians have postposed their in-person celebration to 2021.

The Mother Joseph Province of the Sisters of Providence encompasses Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, California, El Salvador and the Philippines.


Sr. Karin Dufault

Born and raised in Yakima, Washington, Providence Sister Karin Dufault grew up influenced by teachers and extended family who lived in service to God and community. After joining the Sisters of Providence she ministered as a nurse, including in Portland in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, then moved into health care administration, eventually landing back in her hometown as administrator at St. Elizabeth Hospital.

Sister Karin also served as executive director of Portland-based Supportive Care Coalition: Pursuing Excellence in Palliative Care, a collaboration among 20 Catholic health systems to improve the quality of care for people living with serious illness.

Sister Karin’s ministry shifted to congregational governance when she was elected provincial leader of Mother Joseph Province in 2010, then congregational leader for Providence International, Montreal, where she continues in her leadership role through October 2022.

Sr. Chauncey Boyle

Born in in Portland, Providence Sister Chauncey Boyle and her sister Sue joined the Sisters of Providence after high school.

During Sister Chauncey’s 23-year nursing ministry she served in Providence health care facilities in California and Washington, as well as the Seattle Archdiocese. That led to an AIDS ministry for the health system, followed by work with low-income families and elders.

A strong call to social justice advocacy brought her to the forefront of many demonstrations over the years. Today Sister Chauncey enjoys singing in her parish choir, board service and charitable projects.

Sr. Katherine Smith

Born at St Vincent Hospital in Portland, young Katherine Smith got off to a providential start. Influenced by the Sisters of the Holy Names and Dominican Sisters of her Catholic school years and her Benedictine aunt, the choice of Sisters of Providence was a bigger surprise than the choice of religious life.

Sister Katherine began her ministry in pediatric nursing and eventually became administrator of the Providence Child Center in Portland. She was a dedicated advocate with federal agencies on behalf of children and families and developed a network of pediatric long-term care facilities in the U.S. and Canada. She has also been active in promoting the Providence Associate program.


Sr. Maggie Pastro

Born at the old Providence Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska, Providence Sister Maggie Pastro was inspired by the Sisters of Providence during her Catholic education in Seattle. She began as a teacher, then moved into ministries with poor and vulnerable women, children and elders in Washington and Oregon.

She particularly enjoyed her 18-year ministry as director of mission integration for Providence Health Plans of Oregon where she was responsible for ethics, community benefits and integration of mission and values in the workplace. Currently Sister Maggie lives in Beaverton and serves on the sponsor board for Providence St. Joseph Health.