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

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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“Everything seems possible when we have each other to lean on and when we remind each other to lean with all our weight on Providence. I believe that is how our foundresses not only survived but ultimately also thrived in the midst of the forest.”

Sister Dawn Tomaszewski

General superior
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Love, mercy, justice

The Sisters of Providence have a long history of commitment to social and environmental justice.

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

  • Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

  • Her story

  • Quotes of wisdom

    Saint Mother Theodore was a prolific writer with many words of wisdom

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    of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

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Feb
14

Taizé Ecumenical Prayer Service at the Woods

Each Taizé service includes prayer, simple music, a time for silence and inspirational readings. Join us in person or via livestream on the second Tuesday of the month.

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Feb
17

Winter Used Book Sale

Browse hundreds of gently-used books at our winter sale in the Foley Room across fromLinden Leaf Gifts in Providence Spirituality & Conference Center. Items are not priced butdonations are accepted.

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Feb
18

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 and health care residents. Visit with elder sisters and help them with activities such as…

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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

2017-2018 intern at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice

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HOPE Magazine

HOPE winter 2023 — Creating a new day

The arts, assisting people in need at the border, raising consciousness and funds to combat climate change. These are some of the many ways the Sisters of Providence are creating a new day filled with love, mercy and justice.

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