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Saint Mother Theodore’s welcome: a foundation day reflection

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 10:00 am by

There was no Wabash Avenue bridge. The crossing of the Wabash was made by ferry—probably a flat-bottomed open raft. Arrival on the other side was followed by a carriage ride through the river bottoms on and at times wholly submerged plank road—a soggy, wet, carriage ride during which the horses were at times literally swimming, with water up to their necks. The carriage tipped sideways twice, its wheels caught on tree roots. Later, Saint Mother Theodore Guerin would write, “When one has nothing more to lose, the heart is inaccessible to fear.” Continue reading

A feast-day letter to Saint Mother Theodore

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 2:46 am by

Saint Mother Theodore, you showed us the way. It wasn’t easy, but you never let up. You believed in your Provident God. Providence was your shield of faith and hope, and you lived it to the fullest. Continue reading

Providence is profound

Posted on August 24, 2014 at 2:58 am by

For me, Providence is God’s unconditional and interdependent love for each and every creation, given freely to be shared with, by and for every creation. God is present and acting. I may not recognize or sense God’s Providence, especially in times of struggle or pain. Continue reading

Gathering celebrates hidden women from scripture

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 12:13 pm by

Selected readings and songs of praise honored our foremothers in faith who were witnesses, leaders, deacons, prophetesses, theologians: holy women of our past lineage whose stories we never hear read in our church. Continue reading

My life as a Providence Associate

Posted on August 10, 2014 at 2:15 am by

“Since becoming a Providence Associate, I strive to do my work in a spirit of love, mercy and justice. This mindset shift has changed how I see my consulting clients and my business partners. I now see that we are on life’s journey together, brought together by Providence, often in very unlikely combinations, always for better outcomes,” writes Providence Associate Maureen Baca in taking a look at what impact living as a Providence Associate has on her life. Continue reading

Coming home and going forth: Providence Associates annual meeting 2014

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 2:46 am by

What does it really mean to come home to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods? We come home to reunite in prayer, song, and simple yet profound conversations about what it means to be Providence. We welcome the new faces among us, reconnect with friends and remember those who could not make the journey. Continue reading

Coming home to the Providence Associates annual meeting

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 1:34 pm by

Coming home means … friendly faces and laughter.
Coming home means … feeling at ease and at peace.
Coming home means … being together in Our Woods! Continue reading

It takes a community to feed the world

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 3:36 pm by

We are all in this mission together. Without the talents of each and every one of us, the mission could not continue as it does today. We are the risk-takers navigating the unknown, just as Saint Mother Theodore navigated the ocean, rivers and roads to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods 174 years ago. She surrendered to the will of our Provident God knowing that God would not fail her or her companions. Continue reading

Imagery, metaphor and God as Father

Posted on June 15, 2014 at 2:54 am by

What guides and enlightens us about fatherhood is not so much paternity but what rightly follows after — nurture, constancy, provision, counsel, example, direction, companionship. Continue reading

Grounded in the presence of God as a Providence Associate

Posted on June 7, 2014 at 2:47 am by

My association with the Sisters of Providence and Providence Associates is the one thing that keeps me grounded. It helps me to not give up, to continue on this journey that at times seems ridden with obstacles, brambles and stumbling blocks. Continue reading

A weekend with Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and the Providence Associates

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 2:30 pm by

“Take My Hand,” a retreat for Providence Associates, based on the writings of Saint Mother Theodore, was a special retreat. It reached into the story of Mother Theodore and brought it forward to our lives in the present, shares Joanna Dailey of the March 2014 Providence Associate retreat at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Continue reading

A story for lenten reflection

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 2:40 pm by

Sister Diane Mason, director of Providence Associates shares this creative lenten reflection. Continue reading

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