Ask the questions about life as a Sister of Providence October 18-20
A woman considering the counter-cultural lifestyle of a Catholic sister can find herself facing lots of emotions and just as many questions. The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods hope to offer some support. Single, Catholic women ages 18-42 are invited to a discernment weekend October 18-20 at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind., located just northwest of Terre Haute, Ind.
Those attending will have opportunity to talk with other women considering religious life and with those who have recently joined. They can participate in prayer, personal sharing, fun and faith in action.
The weekend’s theme is “How do I know what God wants me to do?” There is no charge for the event and housing and meals are provided.
Sister Arrianne Whittaker, 26, will be participating in the weekend. She recalls her feelings leading up to entering the Congregation in 2011.
“Some days I was excited and thought this was the best thing I could do. At other times I was overwhelmed. Another day I would think this is the most ridiculous thing, what am I even thinking? The mood swings could be quick. I had to sort out a lot of information, and I was not sure how to sort it all out. Most days I just had to sit with it,” she said.
“Along the way I learned about myself, and I learned to ask ‘where am I finding peace,’ because if I found peace than I needed to go with it,” she said.
Many things attracted Sister Arrianne to the Sisters of Providence. “Definitely their evolving sense of Providence revealed through a dedication to works of social and eco-justice. And their understanding of God as connected to all creation,” she said. She also felt called to the mission of love, mercy and justice, to the Congregation’s foundress Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and to their strong sense of home.
“I wanted to do this in community, to be with like-minded individuals who challenge me,” she said. Along the way she came to feel like she fit.
Sister Arrianne encourages other women to consider this life dedicated to serving others.
“Don’t be afraid to take the risk if you think it’s what you’re called to,” she said. “You would not be alone in the process. I can guarantee that you would be surrounded by people who support you and genuinely care about you,” she said.
For more information about the discernment weekend or life as a Sister of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, contact Sister Nancy Nolan at email@example.com or 812-535-2895, or Sister Editha Ben at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-860-1840, ext. 2895. Or visit the Congregations’ website at SistersofProvidence.org.
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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.