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Some of Sisters’ awards on display in Heritage Museum

Sisters of Providence are passionate about their ministry commitments, dedicating themselves to doing the best they can to be successful, often without accolades for their achievements.

However, once in a while, they are asked to step forward and be recognized for their contributions. Some of those tangible pieces of recognition are now on display in the Heritage Museum in Providence Center at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Sisters of Providence are committed to devoting themselves to works of love, mercy and justice in service among God’s people without the notion of recognition. Nevertheless, sisters have been honored by the Catholic Church, colleges and universities, social agencies, the military, cities, hospitals, parishes and parish schools, and community organizations.

For instance, visitors to the Heritage Museum will learn:

  • In 1991, Sister Joseph Louise English (RIP) received the Key to the City of Washington, Ind.
  • In 2001, Sister Claudia Lewis (RIP) was crowned Camp Bluebird’s Homecoming Queen.
  • In 1996, Sister Joan McCarthy (RIP) was honored by Yen Ling Wu, director of the Education Bureau of Tainan County Government, Taiwan, for her dedication to special education
  • In 1997, Sister Merry Marcotte (RIP) received the Floyd County Prosecuting Attorney Award as Outstanding Advocate for Human Rights.

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, foundress of the Sisters of Providence, also received a distinguished honor in 1839, being recognized by the Academy of Angers for her outstanding teaching skills.

The exhibit is open to the public. Heritage Museum is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

About the Sisters of Providence

The Sisters of Providence, a congregation of 214 women religious, with 300 Providence Associates, collaborate with others to create a more just and hope-filled world through prayer, education, service and advocacy. The Sisters of Providence have their motherhouse at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, located just northwest of downtown Terre Haute, Ind., which is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Saint Mother Theodore Guerin founded the Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in 1840. Today, Sisters of Providence minister in 13 states, the District of Columbia and Asia, through works of love, mercy and justice. More information about the Sisters of Providence and their ministries can be found at SistersofProvidence.org.

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Sisters of Providence

The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, are a congregation of Roman Catholic women religious (sisters) who minister throughout the United States and Taiwan. Saint Mother Theodore Guerin founded the Sisters of Providence in 1840. The congregation has a mission of being God's Providence in the world by committing to performing works of love, mercy and justice in service among God's people.

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For inquiries or information, contact Jason Moon at jmoon@spsmw.org or 812-535-2810.

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