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


A community of vowed Catholic women religious, we joyfully live out the radical Gospel message of love, mercy and justice in today’s world. Inspired by our foundress Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, we are passionate about our lives of prayer, education, service and advocacy. We dedicate ourselves to helping those who might otherwise be forgotten.


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Find peace and beauty on a visit to our Woods

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“We do this together. Together, we are Providence. Not ‘I,’ ‘we.’ Together we can have one impact, one voice, one heart.”

Sister Dawn Tomaszewski

General superior

You can’t know the Sisters of Providence well without knowing our amazing, faithful, strong foundress.

  • Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

  • Her story

  • Wisdom quotes

  • Shrine

    of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin


Help us bring healing to Earth

Teaching, caring, inspiring for all creation.

  • White Violet Center for Eco-Justice

Upcoming events

Providence teen volunteer ministry summer 2019

June 3 at 9:00 am - June 13 at 2:00 pm EDT

The Sisters of Providence invite all high school and middle school aged students to spend some time volunteering with elders at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods this summer. June 3-6 and 10-13, 2019. Bring a smile to someone’s face! Share the gift of your presence.

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Sundays at the Woods: Farm Tour at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice

Learn about sustainable farming practices when you join the staff of White Violet Center for a tour of the farm.  Get up close and personal with our alpaca herd and find out what it means...


Book Study: With Open Hands by Henri Nouwen

Explore this spiritual classic and introduction to prayer book “With Open Hands” by Henry Nouwen, internationally renowned priest and author, respected professor and beloved pastor. Each week, we will discuss themes throughout the book which...


Taizé Prayer Service

Slow down and unplug at this hour-long service that began in Taizé, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France.  Each service includes prayer, simple beautiful music, a time for silence and inspirational readings.  Songs are sung many times over...

Liv Charlton shows off the fruits of her labor with this tub of USDA organic peppers.

“The sisters have broken my expectations I had for them. I was so happy to discover that nuns are, in fact, real people. They are so welcoming and easy to talk to. I’ve loved getting to know a few of them and hearing their amazing stories.”

Liv Charlton

DeMoines, Iowa, 2017-2018 intern at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice

Looking for a sister?

Find her here! Photos, articles, obituaries of sisters you have known and loved.

HOPE Magazine

HOPE winter 2019 — small blessings, BIG impact

In the winter 2019 issue of HOPE magazine, you will read about many gifts, blessings and acts of service and generosity that all amount to big blessings in the lives of others. From our donors, Providence Associates, sisters and more, small acts can bring big blessings.

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You are not alone. We would like to pray for you.