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Welcome Providence Pax Terre!

The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, are happy to announce the birth of the newest member of our alpaca herd at the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice.

Providence Pax Terre was born on Tuesday, June 6, to Providence Ruth at approximately 1:30 p.m. This is the second cria (baby alpaca) for Ruth who is also the mother to Providence Bella, born in the fall of 2021.

The name Pax Terre, which means peace and Earth in Latin, was chosen as a way of acknowledging our hope for Peace on Earth in this most difficult time in our world.

Globally, each day we deal with war, gun violence, climate change, racism and many other divisions. The White Violet Center farm where Pax and our herd of alpacas reside is a ministry of the Sisters of Providence. As a community of vowed Catholic women religious, they joyfully live out the Gospel message of love, mercy and justice in today’s world.

Inspired by their foundress, Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, they are passionate about their lives of prayer, education, service and advocacy. They dedicate themselves to helping those who might otherwise be forgotten.

The name Pax was suggested by longtime WVC team member, Candace Minister who serves currently as our flower and fiber arts coordinator.

Pax bears many characteristics of his father, Providence Stardust, including a “lazy” tongue that he has trouble keeping in his mouth. We sent both Ruth and Pax to Purdue University Veterinary Hospital for a few days to make sure both mother and cria were healthy. We are so fortunate to have this resource in our state. Pax’s condition has made it difficult to nurse, so the WVC team are having to supplement him with bottle feedings.

We are hoping as he matures his tongue issue resolves naturally as it did with his father more than 15 years ago. Otherwise Pax is doing well and is a typical cria. He is getting lots of attention from his “aunties” in the herd. We will continue to monitor him and give him lots of extra love and attention. Welcome to the world Pax!

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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 Debbie Griffey on June 14, 2023 at 6:48 pm

    Adorable!! Yes, we are blessed to have Purdue Veterinary Hospital in our state. I used it more than once for my llama crias.

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