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Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

You can’t help but say, “WOW!”

Posted on December 18, 2014 at 3:18 pm by

On Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, children and adults alike enjoyed a fun-filled day of holiday activities during Christmas Fun at the Woods with the Sisters of Providence. Continue reading

Letter: Jan 18. 1856

Posted on December 1, 2014 at 1:27 am by

“When we are cold is not the time to keep away from the fire.” It’s a fitting statement for the weather here lately, but what does it really mean? Continue reading

Providence prayers for the journey of Advent

Posted on November 30, 2014 at 2:36 am by

Advent means coming (Latin adventus; Greek parousia): the coming of Emmanuel (God-with-us) into our lives, the coming of Providence into the universe. This start of the Christian liturgical year invites us to prepare for the coming of light, liberation, and love into the universe. It challenges us to stay awake to Providence in our midst and to witness to this relationship. Continue reading

Letter: Jan. 13, 1853

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 1:44 am by

“Be careful not to give way to your temper, which makes you unsupportable. You would be a thousand times happier in resisting it,” wrote Mother Theodore on Jan. 13, 1853. Continue reading

All Saints Day

Posted on November 1, 2014 at 4:30 am by

As a kid, saints always fascinated me. I liked hearing their stories from my Sister of Providence teachers and reading their stories on my own. The martyrs, in my young mind, were the best! I really liked those stories and reveled in the fantasy that someday I, too, would die for my faith, just as they did — burned at the stake or fed to the lions. Well, forget that! Reality soon set in and with it a desire to stay as far away from that kind of suffering (make that any kind of suffering) as possible! Continue reading

Sharing stories, building relationships

Posted on October 26, 2014 at 2:05 am by

An important part of the orientation toward becoming Providence Associates is the sharing of stories.
Several spoke of seeking something more in their lives, of seeking a deeper spirituality.
One young woman saw this as a way to keep her accountable to community service. Another was seeking intentionality.
Several were friends of Providence Associates who had heard their tales of life-giving experience as a Providence Associate and were looking for the same. Continue reading

ONE of several, but Indiana’s first

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm by

Mother Theodore is one of several U.S. saints, but Indiana’s very first! Continue reading

2 days and 2 ways to read Journals and Letters

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 6:08 am by

We are only two days away from the Grand Opening Celebration of the Shrine of Saint Mother Theodore! Find out the two ways you can read “Journals and Letters of Mother Theodore.” Continue reading

Three countries of heritage: France, Taiwan and U.S.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 7:34 am by

On day three prior to the Oct. 25 public opening of the shrine, I’d like to focus on just three countries that have played a significant role in the 174 years since our foundation in 1840: France, United States and China. From France to America to China, the call to mission is basic to our history. Continue reading

4 things to expect for the grand opening!

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 1:00 am by

We’ve got four days to go and we are basically beating down the doors to the new shrine! (Ok, not really. Please refrain from beating down the doors to the shrine.) But let’s get excited and start planning your day here! Here are four things to know about the big day. Continue reading

5 “Mama Teddy” must-haves from Linden Leaf Gifts!

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 6:04 am by

As we continue to countdown the days to the Grand Opening Celebration of the Shrine of Saint Mother Theodore, you have to check out these 5 Mother Theodore must-have items from Linden Leaf Gifts! Continue reading

6 original foundresses

Posted on October 18, 2014 at 10:43 pm by

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, the ever-humble foundress of the Sisters of Providence, often credited her five companions and their strengths in helping to build the American mission. They left the civilization and culture of their French homeland for a raw and tiny homestead in the wilderness. They labored in the freezing Indiana winters and suffered the intense heat and humidity while tending their gardens in black habits. Continue reading

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