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

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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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“Everything seems possible when we have each other to lean on and when we remind each other to lean with all our weight on Providence. I believe that is how our foundresses not only survived but ultimately also thrived in the midst of the forest.”

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

  • Quotes of wisdom

    Saint Mother Theodore was a prolific writer with many words of wisdom

  • Shrine

    of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

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Help us bring healing to Earth

Teaching, caring, inspiring for all creation.

  • White Violet Center for Eco-Justice

Upcoming events

Sauntering with a Saint

June 16 at 9:30 am - 11:30 am EDT

Come and stroll with the woman, the foundress, the Saint – the one responsible for the Woods being the Woods – Saint Mother Theodore Guerin. We will learn some little known facts about this great Saint of God, as well as deepen our appreciation of her struggles and joys.

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Jun
8

Taizé Prayer at the Woods

Slow down at this hour-long service, based on a tradition from Taizé, France. Each service includes prayer, simple music, a time for silence and inspirational readings. All faith traditions are welcome.

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Jun
9

Embracing Our COVID Experiences

This three-part series brought to you virtually by Grief Specialist, Sister Connie Kramer, SP is here to help you grieve gracefully all of your own COVID-related losses, celebrate the lives of your deceased loved ones who died during COVID and discover some blessings of this challenging time.

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Jun
16

Sauntering with a Saint

Come and stroll with the woman, the foundress, the Saint – the one responsible for the Woods being the Woods – Saint Mother Theodore Guerin. We will learn some little known facts about this great Saint of God, as well as deepen our appreciation of her struggles and joys.

Read more...
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 summer 2021 — Sharing the light

Living through a pandemic has given the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods many opportunities for sharing the light.

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