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12 facts for 20 years: White Violet Center for Eco-Justice

For 20 years the Sisters of Providence have been living out their dedication to environmental justice through their White Violet Center for Eco-Justice ministry at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. Here is a list of 12 things you may not know about White Violet Center for Eco-Justice.

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Hoosier Green Light Award

White Violet Center for Eco-Justice received a Hoosier Green Light Award presented by Sustainable Indiana 2016, an Earth Charter Indiana initiative, and was inducted into the Bicentennial Green Legacy Hall of Fame last night during a ceremony at the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute.

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Let your surroundings inspire change

This is my view as I write. I can sometimes take the sounds of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods for granted, but in this moment I am paying attention to every bird’s song, frog’s croak and bee and mosquito buzz.

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New alpaca cria: Providence Sullivan

The Sisters of Providence welcomed a new alpaca cria on Wednesday! Providence Sullivan, born around 11 a.m. weighing 20 pounds 8 ounces, is named in honor of Sister Ann Sullivan to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the founding of White Violet Center for Eco-Justice.

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Sisters of Providence “employ” special education students

Thursday is my favorite day of the week. It peps me up knowing the weekend is still to come. But when my favorite day of the week includes inspirational young people, well, that’s just the icing on the high school graduation cake!

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Mercy to Earth

Love, mercy and justice are central to the mission of the Sisters of Providence. The sisters have come to see that mission extending to all creation. As we focus on mercy in this issue of HOPE, several Sisters of Providence answer the question, “What is one way to show mercy to Earth?”

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Growing at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice

“I was challenged to learn new things and accept new realities. I was surrounded by people who were patient and kind and who challenged me to be a better person,” said Providence Associate Kaitlyn Willy of her internship experience at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice.

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Baking with Sister Ann Kevin O’Connor

The novice rolls Sister Ann Kevin into the kitchen in her wheelchair and helps her put on an apron. Sister Ann Kevin goes straight to the recipe on the table and gets right to making suggestions about how to begin. It’s obvious she’s in her element. Sister Ann Kevin shares her wisdom, her life stories and her love of baking with Novice Sister Tracey Horan.

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Music lessons with Sister Regina Marie

As a new Sister of Providence, Sister Joni saw how important music was to her sisters. She wanted to make sure she honored the rich history of music that dates back to Saint Mother Theodore’s time.

“I wanted to be able to join in the traditional songs and capture the passion the sisters have when they sing.”

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Did you know we need volunteer knitters?

Do you knit or crochet? Would you like to work with alpaca yarn as a volunteer? We would love to talk with you.

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Did you know … cloth diapering makes a difference?

Did you know the Sisters of Providence sell cloth diapers in our gift shop at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods? Are you wondering why a religious order is selling cloth diapers?

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Sister Ruth Johnson: kinship with creation

“We have forced the planet to supply all our needs and given nothing in return — thus alienating our very life source and now the earth cries out in pain. How can we abandon that cry?”

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Cheryl Casselman worked as a marketing manager for the Sisters of Providence for twenty years. She grew up in Camby, Indiana and now lives in Sullivan County, Indiana. She has a bachelor's degree in communications from Indiana State University and master's degree in Leadership Development from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.