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A Sister Prom/Winter Dance!

Sisters of Providence and students from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College interacting during the Sister Prom/Winter Dance.

January 31 was an opportunity for sisters’ night out! Destination: O’Shaughnessy Dining Room. Event: Sister Prom!

The event was the brainchild of Ashley Fern, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College student, and some of her classmates, who invited the Sisters of Providence to mingle with the students on the dance floor. More than 30 sisters showed up, not a bit deterred by limited mobility, a cane or even a walker. The more agile among them proved that they hadn’t forgotten how to “cut a rug.”

One sister’s perspective, “Mercifully, the ‘prom’ was 6 to 7 p.m., no fancy dress required, only a few hallways distant, and with an understanding disc jockey who played dance tunes the sisters could remember!”

The tunes were the old standbys like “The Chicken Dance,” “Macarena,” “YMCA,” and “The Hokey Pokey.”

Even sisters who vowed to take home the “wallflower” trophy found themselves in the dance area, arms flailing, knees bending, body and feet swaying to the rhythm of the beat.

A great time was had by all, as these photos will attest!

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Sisters of Providence

The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, are a congregation of Roman Catholic women religious (sisters) who minister throughout the United States and Taiwan. Saint Mother Theodore Guerin founded the Sisters of Providence in 1840. The congregation has a mission of being God's Providence in the world by committing to performing works of love, mercy and justice in service among God's people.

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  1. Avatar Mary Carroll Blocher on February 3, 2019 at 8:25 am

    Of course I would love anything with dancing!
    What a great social idea and great exercise!

  2. Avatar Rita Clare Gerardot on February 4, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Mary Carroll, I remember a retreat where we danced around a pool. It was fun as was this event many years later. Hope you’re still dancing!

    S. Rita Clare

  3. Avatar vincenza (jamie birmingham) on February 6, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    Great to see the sisters having a great time, the young people should know that they still have their moves.

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