Firing up hope: SP prayer ministries
“Firing up hope” is how one correspondent describes what the prayer ministries of the Sisters of Providence mean to him as he daily faces the uncertainties of life without a steady job to earn money to feed his family. “We have truly tasted the painful side of life. Yet, I have not lost hope for a better tomorrow.”
The writer of this August 2017 letter to Sister Mary Rita Griffin, director of the Shrine of Our Lady of Providence, is one of hundreds of people in the United States and around the world who regularly find spiritual support from the Sisters of Providence by way of their prayer ministries.
The national Shrine of Our Lady of Providence established at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in May 1925, for example, focuses on “offering spiritual support and guidance for the needs of families today.”
“I find this image of Our Lady so incredible,” Jenny says. “Mary looks so peaceful and there is definitely a close bond between mother and child in the way their eyes connect and the baby and the mother have their fingers intertwined.”
Jenny says she keeps a copy of the Memorare prayer to Our Lady of Providence on the dashboard of her car to remind her to pray it as she travels to her work as a speech pathologist in the Plymouth, Indiana, Community School Corporation. “I feel such a strong connection to Our Lady and God as I arrive at school each day.”
Many visitors to the Shrine of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin write prayer requests in the book of intercessions there. The sisters pray for these intentions daily, Sister Jan Craven, director of the Office of the Shrine of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, assures.
Prayer seekers wishing to have a physical symbol of their intentions being placed before God in prayer may request a sister also light a five-day votive candle at either shrine. To arrange for a candle to be lit, fill out the online form at LightaCandle.SistersofProvidence.org. Donations to help cover the cost of the candles are welcome.
“Taking hours” in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel is another way that Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods fire up hope by uniting themselves in prayer before God. From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day of the year, sisters take hours praying before the Eucharist in the chapel. Part of this prayer includes praying for those enrolled in the Blessed Sacrament Association (BSA).
Those enrolled in the association are remembered monthly in a Mass in the Church of the Immaculate Conception. To enroll someone or yourself in the association, call Sister Mary Rita at 812-535- 2927.
The Sisters of Providence also offer packets of remembrance cards that one can use to remember loved ones on birthdays, anniversaries, in times of illness, and with sympathy when a loved one dies. Each time you send a card, you enroll the recipient in the Blessed Sacrament Association and they are remembered in the sisters’ prayers. Each remembrance card features a picture from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. You may order a packet of cards by calling 812-535-2800. Donations received in support of this program advance the mission of the Sisters of Providence.
Have an urgent prayer request? Fill out our online prayer request form at Prayers.SistersofProvidence.org Our sisters love to offer this special support of prayer to you!