Sisters of Providence to host first virtual Come and See retreat
Explore the stirrings of your heart. Join the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, by Zoom for our first-ever virtual Come and See weekend retreat.
The event will be from 7-9 p.m., on Oct. 23, and 2-7 p.m., on Oct. 24. It will be facilitated by Sisters of Providence Vocations Director Sister Joni Luna.
Those who attend the weekend retreat will learn more about the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, and foundress, Saint Mother Theodore Guerin. They will meet sisters and hear how the Congregation lives out love, mercy and justice.
“Our aim and purpose remains the same as with other Come and See retreats, but the process we’ll use to deliver the message has changed,” Sister Joni said. “We are inviting women discerning religious life to join us. We will provide a space for women to slow down from their busy fast-paced lives and listen to what their call might be.
“Attendees will become acquainted with the Sisters of Providence and our mission and interact with our women in initial formation. We will also provide a time and space for questions and wonderings about religious life in the 21st century.”
Sister Joni said this will be the Congregation’s first time to conduct a Come and See Weekend retreat via Zoom.
“By now, we have had plenty of practice with Zoom meetings, prayer groups and gatherings,” Sister Joni said. “Some interpersonal experience may be lost virtually. However, the advantages just might outweigh that loss. The way I see it, more women will be able to attend. It will be more cost effective, and more importantly, women will be in the comfort of their own space which might just give them the confidence to log on with us.”
The retreat is open to single, Catholic women ages 18-42.
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.