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A beautiful time

By Christina Blust | January 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

This article first appeared in the winter 2012 issue of HOPE. They left Indiana in a snowstorm. A day later, Sisters Kathleen Therese O’Connor (RIP), Monica Withem (RIP) (formerly Sister Patricia Ann) and Agnes Veronica Hester (RIP) arrived in a sunny city a hemisphere away. It was March 1963, and the three missionary Sisters of…

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Mother Theodore & Taillard

By Christina Blust | October 4, 2011 | 0 Comments

On today’s feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the great animal lover, many people around the world give a special blessing to their pets. You might not know that Mother Theodore herself had a pet, an extraordinary little dog named Taillard. In a letter to Sister Mary Xavier in Vincennes on January 1, 1854, Mother…

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Mother Theodore dioramas

By Christina Blust | July 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

A story takes on a whole new meaning when you can see it! In Providence Center at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, you can take a look at history in the form of twelve dioramas telling the story of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin. A diorama is a 3-D representation of a scene, usually with objects and figures in…

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Glimpses of Mother Theodore

By Christina Blust | March 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

It’s always a joy what you can find on the internet. This lovely photo of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin’s childhood home in Etables-sur-Mer, France, comes to us from Jean Michel Daoudal, a contact of ours of Flickr. See a slideshow of some more of his images here. Incidentally, check out the Sisters of Providence on Flickr. If…

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St. Anne Shell Chapel

By Christina Blust | September 2, 2009 | 1 Comment

When you think of a church or a chapel, you might picture a big building with lots of space. But at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, the Sisters of Providence have a tiny little chapel that’s probably even smaller than your bedroom! This chapel is called the St. Anne Shell Chapel. It’s called the Shell Chapel because the…

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Pianos and Dina

By Christina Blust | April 16, 2009 | 0 Comments

Dina Bato has quite a handshake. One wouldn’t expect it from the friendly, quick to smile 32-year-old, but with one shake of that right hand, there is no doubt that this woman does not need help opening jars. Her impressive hand strength is no fluke. When Dina was 3 years old, a serious car accident…

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Structure of the Church of the Immaculate Conception

By Christina Blust | February 20, 2009 | 0 Comments

Can you believe it has been more than 100 hundred years since the Church of the Immaculate Conception at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods was completed? One hundred years is a long time! It was finished in 1907 and it was renovated in 1986. The church is used for daily worship by the Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods…

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Religious Life Through the Generations

By Christina Blust | January 5, 2009 | 0 Comments

The purpose of this project was to illustrate what has motivated women from different generations to enter religious life and how their concepts of the vows were similar or different. This project examined the spiritual lives of three women and how this aspect of their lives has evolved through the years. For this project, three…

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Providence to the core

By Christina Blust | May 13, 2008 | 0 Comments

This article is reprinted from summer 2008 issue of HOPE. In many ways, Sister Rosemary Borntrager entered the Sisters of Providence community twice. Her first entrance into the novitiate was at age 17. “I didn’t have the slightest idea what [being a sister] meant,” she says. “I just knew that Sister Helen Rose was the…

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Christina worked as the digital media and website manager for Sisters of Providence for 9 years and now serves as the website's designer and consultant through her company, Blustery Day Design. She's a musician, reader, writer and generally curious person.