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What’s all this talk about Taize?

The Providence Spirituality and Conference Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence, is offering monthly Taize prayer services in 2013, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 8. Sister Paula Damiano, coordinator of programming, desired to bring Taize prayer services to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind., and selected all of the themes which will be addressed in 2013 at the…

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Cathleen Flynn: Students shouldn’t overlook opportunities

Cathleen Flynn began her senior year at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a more knowledgeable perspective about eco-justice and taking care of earth. That was due to her experience with the Sisters of Providence Volunteer Services program, which landed her at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. “I knew that there were volunteer opportunities…

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Group provides helping hands

Last year, Claudette Nowell-Philipp, of Illinois, was walking on the motherhouse grounds at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind., when a gift of giving came to mind. “I was down for the dedication and open house for Providence Hall,” she recalled. “Mary McGillicuddy and I were walking in the grove and it occurred to me that some helping…

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CARE program enchances students’ collegiate experience

If you are a college student and looking for a rewarding experience, the Sisters of Providence CARE Volunteer Program may be for you. Sister Rebecca Keller, coordinator of Sisters of Providence Volunteer Services program, said the  CARE Volunteer Program is designed not only to provide work experience in a field of interest, but will also…

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Father Dan raises a village

It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes Father Dan Hopcus to raise a village at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Father Dan (pictured, at left), chaplain for the Sisters of Providence, welcomed sisters and staff members to his Dec. 22 open house to view the village he has worked on, and added to,…

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A beacon of hope

This article is reprinted from the fall 2011 issue of HOPE. Shannon Turner walked into the Hux Cancer Center in Terre Haute, Ind., as a breast cancer patient to undergo radiation treatments. Six weeks later, on July 18, 2011, Shannon was celebrating her last treatment of radiation. One of the people she wanted to share…

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A place for prayer

This article is reprinted from the winter 2011 issue of HOPE. The sisters who will be returning “home” to Providence Hall once the renovation is complete will also return home to a small, renovated chapel located on the second floor. Although months of effort to rethink, rewire and rehabilitate Providence Hall will one day come…

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Giving others hope

This article is reprinted from the winter 2009 issue of HOPE. On this day, it’s raining. You fumble with an umbrella and hustle inside the back door of St. Ann Dental Services, which has been at its current site since Jan.12, 2005. An elevator carries you to the second floor and when the door opens,…

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Wood carving defines couple’s love for sisters

Who would have thought that a connection between the Sisters of Providence and a woodcarver and his wife would have begun with pie? Thinking about it now, Dick Hillier and his wife, Kathryn, of Paris, Ill., simply chuckle. The “pie” episode took place approximately six years ago. “Sister Joseph Clare McCarthy and some other sisters…

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Changing a life can be life changing

For Sister Joann Quinkert, helping someone make a change is a life and death issue as she ministers to a Death Row inmate at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. Sister Joann quickly tells you she is not the only Sister of Providence who ministers to inmates. And, she stresses, prison ministry and social…

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Professing first vows: Sister Su-Hsin Huang: an advertisement changed her life

This article is reprinted from fall 2007 issue of HOPE. In 2002, the United States was just as foreign to Sister Su-Hsin Huang as the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Then, an ad caught her eye and changed her life forever. “One day, I read this message about a summer weekend at the Sisters…

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Becky Igo worked as a marketing manager for the Office of Congregational Advancement. She was an Indiana State University grad and former newspaper reporter/editor who worked with Providence Center, Volunteer Services and the Shrine of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin.