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Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

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A community of vowed Catholic women religious, we joyfully live out the radical Gospel message of love, mercy and justice in today’s world. Inspired by our foundress Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, we are passionate about our lives of prayer, education, service and advocacy. We dedicate ourselves to helping those who might otherwise be forgotten.

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“We do this together. Together, we are Providence. Not ‘I,’ ‘we.’ Together we can have one impact, one voice, one heart.”

Sister Dawn Tomaszewski

General superior

You can’t know the Sisters of Providence well without knowing our amazing, faithful, strong foundress.

  • Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

  • Her story

  • Wisdom quotes

  • Shrine

    of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

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Help us bring healing to Earth

Teaching, caring, inspiring for all creation.

  • White Violet Center for Eco-Justice

Upcoming events

Christmas Fun at the Woods

December 7 at 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST

You’re invited to enjoy a festive afternoon with the Sisters of Providence and our friends. There will be activities, crafts, cookie-decorating, face painting, wagon rides, a holiday sing-a-long and more. Dress up like an angel; view a 52-figure, hand-carved nativity scene, and delight in the miniature Christmas village. Make sure you see Santa at the…

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Dec
7

Teen Volunteer opportunity

Are you 12-to-18 year olds? Come share your time and talents with our retired Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

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Dec
8

Advent Sunday Mass

The Sisters of Providence are welcoming all to Mass on Sundays of Advent; Dec. 1, Dec. 8, Dec. 15, and Dec. 22 beginning at 11 a.m. in the Church of the Immaculate Conception. All services…

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Dec
9

Mass for the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Join the Sisters of Providence for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Dec. 9, in the Church of the Immaculate Conception. All are welcome!

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Liv Charlton shows off the fruits of her labor with this tub of USDA organic peppers.

“The sisters have broken my expectations I had for them. I was so happy to discover that nuns are, in fact, real people. They are so welcoming and easy to talk to. I’ve loved getting to know a few of them and hearing their amazing stories.”

Liv Charlton

DeMoines, Iowa, 2017-2018 intern at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice

Looking for a sister?

Find her here! Photos, articles, obituaries of sisters you have known and loved.

HOPE Magazine

HOPE fall 2019 — A matter of hope: the future of religious life

In the fall 2019 issue of HOPE magazine we explore the future of religious life and our hopes for that future.

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You are not alone. We would like to pray for you.

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