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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.


Get to know the Sisters of Providence, how we serve, our values and history

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Find peace and beauty on a visit to our Woods

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Become a Sister of Providence or walk with us as a Providence Associate


“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

Come and See

if life as a Sister of Providence is right for you! April 12-14 at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

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

Women and Wine at the Woods!

January 29 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST

Join with other women, catch your breath, and connect with the Divine.  At each gathering, we’ll have time for good conversation, prayer and wine!  (Other beverages are available as well.)  It may be cold outside, but it’s cozy in the company of others! Tuesdays, January 15, 22, 29. $10 per evening/$25 for all three (includes…

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Retreat for Busy Catholic Moms

If you’re a mom then we already know you deserve a break.  That’s why you are invited to leave your worries and stresses at home for a weekend of peace, prayer and fun at beautiful...


Providence teen volunteer ministry winter/spring

Are you a 12 to 18 years old? Share your time with the Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Visit with elder sisters and help them with activities such as Bingo, exercise, baking. Share your...


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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Our enewsletters and publications will keep you up to date with the  best content from the Sisters of Providence.

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In need of prayer?

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