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Tuesday is the evening for Taize at the Woods

By Becky Igo | January 7, 2013 |

All faiths and all ages. All are welcome to attend any of the Taize prayer services hosted by the Sisters of Providence. The next one is on Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 7-8 p.m. in the Church of the Immaculate Conception at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind. Each of the Taize services are free and open to the…

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What’s all this talk about Taize?

By Becky Igo | December 30, 2012 |

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

By Becky Igo | October 31, 2012 |

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

By Becky Igo | June 7, 2012 |

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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Volunteers provide ‘perfect ingredient’ for success

By Becky Igo | April 25, 2012 |

They work hard. They assist. They lend a helping hand. They are invaluable. “They” are the volunteers who participate in the Sisters of Providence Volunteer Services program. Approximately 90 people gathered Tuesday in Reilly Auditorium at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods for the Volunteer Services Appreciation Luncheon held to honor each and every one. Sister Rebecca Keller, Volunteer…

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CARE program enchances students’ collegiate experience

By Becky Igo | January 30, 2012 |

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

By Becky Igo | December 24, 2011 |

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

By Becky Igo | September 26, 2011 |

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

By Becky Igo | January 26, 2011 |

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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Jim Holmes: Volunteer loves time spent with sisters

By Becky Igo | May 5, 2010 |

The desire to help others and the peaceful surroundings of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods drew Jim Holmes to volunteer with the Sisters of Providence. Jim had been to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods many times for various jobs related to his work. “I’ve worked out there on roofs,” said Jim, who is associated with a Terre Haute real estate company…

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Giving others hope

By Becky Igo | January 26, 2009 |

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

By Becky Igo | January 2, 2009 |

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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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.

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