Top 7 reasons to be a Providence Associate
We surveyed our Providence Associates to find out what they liked most about being Providence Associates of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Here’s what they said.
Being with the Sisters of Providence
For most it’s about relationship with the Sisters of Providence. That personal relationship is enriching on many levels.
It’s about mission
Joining the sisters in their mission of love, mercy and justice in service among others gives a sense of mission in a person’s daily life.
A spiritual boost
It brings us closer to God. It allows continued growth in a deep and inclusive spirituality modeled and lived by the Sisters of Providence.
It’s life enhancing
Visiting the Woods and connecting with the community helps refresh and declutter our lives. It helps us stay centered. We get in touch with ourselves. It challenges us to be better people and gives us a sense of purpose.
Connecting with like-minded people
We like being in a community of people with similar ideals, interests and spirituality. Like-spirited friendships are created. One associate said she felt an immediate bond with other associates.
Opportunity to learn
Always the educators, Sisters of Providence have much to teach. Starting with the companion each associate is paired with as a candidate, many mentors are available. Associates enjoy learning about the Congregation and about the mission of the Sisters of Providence, as well as sharing in the sisters’ great wealth of knowledge.
A sense of home
Providence Associates say they find a home at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. It’s a place where we feel welcomed and where we fit in. It’s a place of respite, a place of re-energizing and renewal. It’s a holy ground.
What would you love most about becoming a Providence Associate? Why not find out! Request an application to become a Providence Associate here.
I have been asked several times to become an Associate. However, I no longer can drive to Terre Haute so I assumed that I would not be eligible. But, recently I read that that an inmate is currently an Associate and I know he can’t attend the Associate get-togethers. Are there Associates who cannot attend the Woods meetings?
It may indeed still be possible for you to become a Providence Associate even if you are not able to come to Providence Associate events. Please call Debbie Dillow, the assistant director of the Providence Associates. The two of you can talk about your special needs in becoming an associate and decide if it is something that can work for you. Debbie’s contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-994-6821. Or if you prefer, you can share your phone number with me and I can pass it on to her and have her call you. Thanks for your interest!