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First chapel to be re-created at SMW

No worries if you’re not a history buff. The re-creation of the first log cabin chapel at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods will still be cool.

Several years in the making, an authentic replica of the chapel visited by Saint Mother Theodore and her five companions when they arrived from France in 1840 is under construction.

A Southern Indiana husband and wife donated a mid-1800s log cabin from their property, the Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau provided support for construction, and volunteers are doing the work.

A stone sidewalk will be installed to lead to the doorway. It will be furnished with plank benches, a plank altar similar to the one described by Saint Mother Theodore, and the fireplace will be eye-catching.

This project will provide a great opportunity and space for personal reflection, enjoyment of an element of Indiana history, and a unique learning experience for students, families and groups who visit the grounds.

It should be ready for visitors by late October. Make your plans now to come to see it. Tours can be scheduled through Providence Center.

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Dave Cox

Dave Cox was media relations manager for the Sisters of Providence for many years. Prior to his work with the sisters, he spent over 30 years in newspaper newsrooms.

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  1. Avatar Maria on January 12, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    The picture of the log cabin chapel is beautiful it would make beautiful note cards, or christmas card with some decorations etc. just a thought i think it would be a great seller.


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