You are always welcome at the Woods!

Ride your bike. Walk the beautiful grounds. Enjoy your picnic lunch. Visit the alpacas. Attend Mass and Sunday Brunch. Welcome to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, home of the Sisters of Providence! 

Can’t visit in person? Submit a prayer request or visit the Spirituality & Prayer section for encouragement. Learn more about Saint Mother Theodore Guerin or take action on one of the Peace and Justice issues by visiting those areas of the site. There are many ways to share in the charism of Providence!

Breaking boundaries, creating hope

The Sisters of Providence are a community of Catholic women religious who collaborate with others to create a more just and hope-filled world through prayer, education, service and advocacy.


Click here to see the LCWR Statement regarding the recent DACA decision.


The purpose of the Congregation is to honor Divine Providence and to further God’s loving plans by devoting itself to works of love, mercy, and justice in service among God’s people. (Constitutions, Article 3). The Sisters of Providence were founded by Saint Mother Theodore Guerin in 1840. As a Congregation of Roman Catholic women religious, the sisters are called by God to be witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus and serve in ministries throughout the United States and in Asia.

Upcoming Events

Fri 22

Fall Equinox Celebration

September 22 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
Sat 23

The Name of God is Love and Mercy

September 23 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm EDT
Sun 24

National Alpaca Farm Days Open House

September 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Fri 29

No Time for Ordinary

September 29 @ 7:00 pm - September 30 @ 3:30 pm EDT
Oct 03