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Treasures from Archives: Marleau-Hercules Fence Co.

Back in the far recesses of Archives is a wonderful archival box filled with tantalizing details about the convent cemetery. One of the items that caught my attention was the bill for the wrought iron gate at the entrance of the cemetery. The invoice is dated Oct. 14, 1940, and is from the Marleau-Hercules Fence Co. of…

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Lori Strawn: from serendipity to Providence

Lori Strawn is a Providence Candidate-Associate from Wichita, Kan. Her companion is Sister Rosemary Nudd, an associate professor of English at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC). 1.) Share with us a little about yourself. I grew up in Southern California. I attended Catholic grade school (St. Joseph School, taught by Sisters of St. Francis) and high…

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Debbie Dillow ‘excited & humbled’ by new position

The Providence Associates Advisory Board is excited to welcome Debbie Dillow, PA, as the new assistant director of the relationship. Debbie has been an associate since 2008 and has served on the advisory board since last spring. Debbie hails from Lizton, Ind. Debbie’s connection to the Congregation is unique. She wasn’t educated by the Sisters…

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Why I walk with the Sisters of Providence

Why have I chosen to collaborate with the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods as a Providence Associate?
In all of this I see power — not “power over” that causes suffering, but rather “power with” those who follow the truths of Jesus — power with the underserved, the disenfranchised, those desiring the life of the mind and spirit. In other words, power with those who also revere love, mercy and justice.

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Mary Carroll Blocher: Dancing for Joy

This article originally appeared in the winter 2012 issue of HOPE. “Praise him with tambourine and dancing.” (Psalm 150:4) From the age of 5, Providence Associate Mary Carroll Blocher has praised God through dance, just as the psalmist says. And through the years, she has shared this love of dance with countless students. When Mary…

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Remembering 2011 in photos

2011 was a busy one for Providence Associates, Candidate-Associates and the Sisters of Providence. We bade farewell to Sister Mary Alice Zander, first director of the Providence Associate Relationship, in March. But as Sister Mary Alice would have wanted it, we kept busy throughout the year. Last spring’s retreat featured then-General Officer Sister Marie McCarthy…

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Angels of mercy: Civil War service of the sisters

Reprinted from the fall 2011 issue of HOPE. “Cloistered by the majestic forest, the Convent and the Academy at St. Mary-of-the-Woods in 1860 would seem to have been too remote, too securely enclosed, to hear the rumblings of the approaching national disturbance. Echoes of trouble, however, reached even to this secluded spot,” wrote Sister Mary…

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The wisdom of Saint Mother Theodore: Letter to Sister Maria

Letter from Saint Mother Theodore to Sister Maria in Madison, Ind. Nov. 24, 1854 “I am sorry, my dear Sister, that you have yielded again to your caprices. You must make another copy of the pieces of music you destroyed. We shall see later what will be done with them. Think no more about these…

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The wisdom of Saint Mother Theodore: Letter to Sister Maria

Letter from Saint Mother Theodore to Sister Maria in Madison, Ind. Nov. 11, 1853 “My dear Sister: “Sister Basilide having written to let me know the number of hours that each of you was occupied in teaching, I told her I thought you had too much to do and begged her to take something from…

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The wisdom of Saint Mother Theodore: Letter to Sister Gabriella

Letter from Saint Mother Theodore to Sister Gabriella in Fort Wayne, Ind. Jan. 3, 1853 “My dear Sister: “I have received with true pleasure your good and affectionate wishes. The heart understands the heart. As yours was speaking in your letter, mine understood its language. Be sure, my dear Sister Gabriella, that I wish and…

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The flag of Brittany

During the month of October, a very special month in the history of the Congregation, the flag of Brittany waves proudly from a flagpole near Providence Hall. Brittany is the region in France where Saint Mother Theodore Guerin spent her childhood and early adulthood. Mother Theodore was born Oct. 2, 1798, in the village of…

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The wisdom of Saint Mother Theodore: to the sisters in Madison

Letter from Saint Mother Theodore to the sisters in Madison, Ind. March 21, 1849 “My very dear and beloved Daughters: “Just this moment I hear that the cholera has made its entrance into your dear Madison. I cannot tell you how anxious I am about you. I beseech you to be sure to write to…

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Connie McCammon worked in the communications office for the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.