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Taize prayer leads off Sisters of Providence participation in Terre Haute’s Year of the River celebration in 2013


The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods are joining in partnership with the 2013 Year of the River celebration in the Terre Haute area.

Many of the Congregation’s annual events will have a Year of the River theme with prayer, information, educational opportunities and entertainment focused on the Wabash River and the roles other waterways have in Earth’s overall health and welfare.

One of the initial opportunities is planned for Jan. 8. The Sisters of Providence will open a monthly series of Taize prayer gatherings.

“The Lack of Potable Water in the World” is the theme for the hour-long service which begins at 7 p.m. in the Church of the Immaculate Conception. It is open to the public and to people of all faith traditions.

Taize prayer was formed in France by a group of ecumenical brothers, including Catholics and Protestants. The prayer form includes silence, spoken prayer, meditation and music that is incorporated with traditional prayers offered in ecumenical groups. This prayer style is particularly popular with younger people.

The Congregation’s version will include sung prayers, simple and beautiful music, a time of silence and spoken and silent prayers. The prayer is quiet and reflective, deeply peaceful and joyful. The prayer space is lit primarily by candlelight.

Other Taize prayer opportunities will be offered Feb. 19, Thirst; March 12, Spring Rains: Climate Change; April 9; Waters of Baptism; May 14, Water Pollution; June 11, Flowing River; July 9, Wasted Water; Aug. 13, Drought; Sept. 10, Joy of the River; Oct. 8., Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and the Wabash River; Nov. 12, Wabashiki and the Native Peoples; Dec. 10, Healing Water.

For more information contact Sister Paula Damiano, coordinator of programing at Providence Spirituality and Conference Center, at pdamiano@spsmw.org or at 812-535-2926.

The Sisters of Providence also will have specific information and activities for the Year of the River during Earth Day on April 20, Family Day on June 9 and the Saint Mother Theodore Guerin Fest on Oct. 19. In addition, a display will be offered soon in the Congregation’s Heritage Museum in Providence Center.

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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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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