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Gems from our Archives

The Sisters of Providence are truly blessed to have an Archives that is filled with artifacts, journals and papers documenting the history of this Congregation from its humble beginnings in Ruillé, France, to Saint Mother Theodore Guerin’s arrival at this sacred spot on Oct. 22, 1840.

One of the gems recently shared on our Web site is about the service of the Sisters of Providence during the Civil War, 1861-1865. The Congregation was asked by Governor Morton to run the Military (City) Hospital in Indianapolis. Mother Superior Mary Cecilia Bailly and the council gave their approval and appointed Sister Athanasius Fogarty as the directress of this facility. Sister Athanasius was well respected and well liked as a sister-nurse.

The necrology (obituary) of Sister Athanasius that resides in our Archives reveals more of the life and challenges of Sister Athanasius. It also demonstrates the gratitude of one man for Sister Athanasius’s devotion to the soldiers of the Civil War. Click here for her story.

Click here for more information on the service of the Sisters of Providence during the Civil War.

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Connie McCammon

Connie McCammon worked in the communications office for the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

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