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New programs bring people together

Bringing people together to exchange ideas and see the world from a different perspective has never been more important than it is now. The stresses of everyday life coupled with all the conflict in the world have people feeling scared, unsure and disconnected.

It was with this is mind that the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods crafted their 2017-2018 programming schedule, which begins in September. Here is a preview of three new programs selected to give people an opportunity to experience an awakening of the senses and spirit and find comfort in knowing that we all are in this together.

Sister Ann Sullivan, SP

Lorrie Heber

On Saturday, Sept. 16, White Violet Center for Eco-Justice Director, Lorrie Heber, along with Sister Ann Sullivan, SP, founding director of White Violet Center, will present a one day program called “Keeping Earth: Religious and Scientific Perspectives on the Environment.”

As we are called by scientists, environmentalists, Popes, and religious leaders across the globe to be responsible in shaping a sustainable future, this program will allow all to hear the facts; listen to the words of scientists and religious leaders; discuss possibilities for change; and move toward a just, sustainable future.

Jan Phillips

Writer, storyteller and facilitator Jan Phillips will present her workshop, “No Time for Ordinary,” September 29-30 at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods where she will connect the dots between creativity, spirituality and inspired action. Jan is the co-founder and executive director of the Livingkindness Foundation, co-founder of Syracuse Cultural Workers, and producer of the art and activism symposium, Women’s Voices for (a) Change. She is also the author of eight award-winning books and has presented workshops around the world on a one-woman peace pilgrimage. Jan has performed with Pete Seeger, taught with Jane Goodall, and worked with Mother Teresa. She is a perform­ing artist with three CDs of original music and several DVDs that provoke original thinking and prophetic action.


Rohina Malik

Racism. Hate crimes. Love. Islam. Culture. Language. Life. On Oct. 27, Unveiled, a one woman play written and performed by critically acclaimed Chicago playwright and solo performance artist Rohina Malik, will be performed at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.  Five Muslim women in a post-9/11 world serve tea and uncover what lies beneath the veil in this critically acclaimed one-woman show. Rohina Malik was born and raised in London, England, of South Asian heritage. Her one-woman play  was developed and had its world premiere at the 16th Street Theater, where it received critical acclaim. Unveiled has been presented at theaters in the United States, Canada and in the summer of 2016, South Africa. Rohina is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

The full event calendar will be published at Events.SistersofProvidence.org sometime in June. A printed copy will be available in July. Until then, you can find more information on attending programs at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods by calling 812-535-2952 or emailing jfrost@spsmw.org.

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Sister Paula Damiano

Sister Paula has been a Sister of Providence since 1967. She has ministered as a teacher, director of vocations, pastoral associate and as a General Councilor for the Sisters of Providence. She currently ministers as director of programs and retreats at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

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1 Comment

  1. Cathy Campbell, SP on May 3, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Thanks for the sneak peek at coming attractions, Paula.

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