Sisters of Providence Blog
Make plans to attend the Winter Bridal Showcase on Jan. 4-5, 2014 presented by the Wabash Valley Bridal Society and hosted by Providence Center. Continue reading
Saint Mother Theodore Guerin knew the violation of human rights in an up close and personal way in her home country, France. The French Revolution was a time of great social and political upheaval to abolish the injustice of the feudal system and absolute monarchy. During this time Catholic churches and schools were closed. Despite some gains in human rights, the French Revolution failed to condemn slavery or to uphold the equality of women. Continue reading
Just when I was settling into the calm and quiet of Advent, along comes St. Nick’s Day to distract me. Given St. Nicholas’ reputation as the model for Santa Claus, it didn’t take me long to be whisked from Advent to Christmas Eve and memories of my very own St. Nicholas/Santa Claus impersonator — my brother, Len. Continue reading
Plan now on how to keep your faith alive in 2014, before the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season begins, by learning more about the Providence Associate Relationship. The application process will begin in the spring, for new candidate-associates considering a closer connection to the SPs. Continue reading
Advent is my favorite season of the Liturgical Year. I love this quiet time before Christmas.
It isn’t a penitential time like Lent. It is a time of quiet anticipation.
Anticipation is naturally in the air. Children certainly anticipate Santa Claus and time off from school. Adults anticipate a break from work, getting together with family and friends, the chance to kick back and relax from the frenzied pace of life.
Advent is the season of waiting and longing. Our society makes it almost impossible to wait.
I noticed that Christmas TV programming began in early November. Certainly, Christmas advertising and shopping crept in even earlier — before Halloween!
The greatest challenge in Advent is to refrain from celebrating Christmas. Christmas is coming and it will be more than a day. In fact, there are 12 days for celebration, as the song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” suggests (Christmas Eve on Dec. 24 through Epiphany on Jan. 6). Continue reading
Providence Associate and volunteer, Judy Meyer, recounts treasured memories with her dear friend, Sister Rosalie Weller. Continue reading
Each year on Dec. 10 the world community commemorates the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year marks the 65th anniversary of that declaration translated into more than 400 different languages.
“Confronting Solitary Confinement in an Age of Mass Incarceration” is this year’s theme. The National Religious Campaign against Torture invites congregations, campus ministries, religious education programs and other religious organizations to lift up the 80,000 of our brothers and sisters held in solitary confinement in U.S. prisons and detention centers. Continue reading
Cakes, cookies and pies, oh my! Don’t miss the bake sale this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of Providence Spirituality and Conference Center at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. A local service sorority is hosting the sale to benefit the free tutoring services offered by Educational/Family Services, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence. Continue reading
My favorite tree – and I have hundreds to choose from here at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods – is the huge Ginkgo tree in front of Corbe House, where I live.
The tree is huge! Sister Rose Ann Eaton and I just went out to measure the circumference of the trunk – 205 inches! While engaged in this pursuit, Rose told me a story she had heard from Sister Marceline Mattingly now in her nineties. Marceline remembers when the Ginkgo tree had only a single trunk. A storm broke the tree down near its base. As the tree regrew, it developed the multiple trunks very evident today. The tree’s shaggy bark, many trunks melding into one another and the sheer width of the branches lend distinctiveness, character and interest to “my” tree. Continue reading
Everything in The Gift Shop at Providence Center will be on sale Nov. 17 to Dec. 15, just in time for holiday shopping. You won’t want to miss the chance at some great deals as The Gift Shop prepares to move to a temporary location in Owens Hall during the construction of the Shrine for Saint Mother Theodore Guerin. Continue reading
We, Sisters of Providence, are always looking for an excuse to celebrate and we’ve come up with a way you can join us in something fun and meaningful!
Today is the fifth anniversary of the Sisters of Providence Facebook page! On this day in 2008 we took the plunge into this social media pool and we have loved every minute of it. Facebook allows us to connect with some pretty awesome people and we are enjoying the sharing that happens within that space.
In honor of this fifth anniversary we want you to “GIVE FIVE!” Give five dollars to someone in need or use it to do something special for someone you know who could use a little pick-me-up.
But that’s not all! We want you to share the story of how you donated that $5 in the comments below or on our Facebook page. (We’ll even welcome them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you prefer.) Continue reading