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Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: a place of welcome

(Reprinted from the Summer 2013 edition of HOPE) “It’s like experiencing a piece of happiness on Earth because of the beautiful grounds and the peaceful setting in nature. It is a wonderful place for meditation, retreat and relaxation.” ~ Theressa Bynum Terre Haute “The beauty, the church, the buildings and most of all the sisters,…

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Sister Connie Kramer named Woman of Influence in Terre Haute

When one thinks of Sister Connie Kramer, her most evident characteristic might be that of a life-giver. As parish life coordinator at the former inner-city St. Ann Parish in Terre Haute, Sister Connie helped to nourish the parish’s life for more than 20 years. Her leadership and vision helped to create St. Ann Medical and…

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Anti-Racism Team supports national effort to work for racial equality

The Congregation’s voice against racist practices has a long history. Saint Mother Theodore, herself,  set the tone for works of justice. Her journey through New Orleans comes to mind. She witnessed slaves being auctioned and declared she wished she could buy them all so she could set them free. Among the more dramatic examples is…

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Sister Jeanne Hagelskamp says there’s more to do after receiving Lifetime Achievement Award

In the true spirit of a Sister of Providence, Sister Jeanne Hagelskamp leaned toward the woman sitting next to her and said, “Lifetime achievement? Don’t they know I have another 20 years of work ahead of me?” On March 6, Sister Jeanne became the third member of the Congregation to receive the prominent Torchbearer Award…

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Sister Jeanne Hagelskamp receives Indiana Commission for Women’s Torchbearer Award

Sister Jeanne Hagelskamp, a 38-year member of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, received the Indiana Commission for Women’s Torchbearer Award for lifetime achievement during ceremonies Wednesday (March 6) in Indianapolis. Sister Jeanne is the third Sister of Providence to receive a Torchbearer Award. Previous recipients were Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, the Congregation’s foundress,…

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Statement: Sisters of Providence leadership makes statement on gun control issues, sends letters to editors

Today, the Sisters of Providence leadership team issued a statement on gun control. it is as follows: Letter to the Editor: Guns are lively ammunition for passionate debate these days. It seems that weekly we learn of a tragedy where someone showed reckless disregard for his or her own life, or for the lives of…

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Sister Diane Ris dies; was 16th general superior of Sisters of Providence

Sister Diane Ris, who served as the 16th general superior of the Sisters of Providence from 1996-2001, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Mother Theodore Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She was 80. Sister Diane was in office when Pope John Paul II announced that Saint Mother Theodore Guerin had been declared blessed, moving her to…

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Winter Storm Nemo: Anticipation, beauty, community and reflection from Sister Jane Iannacone

Records were set along the Northeast Coast of the United States last weekend: records for snowfall, records for winds, records for piles of snow, records for conversations about snow. For the record, there are about a dozen Sisters of Providence ministering in Massachusetts and that state was in direct line with Winter Storm Nemo. Sister…

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Birders migrating to the Woods to see special winter visitors

Sister Jean Fuqua has a life list of seeing 146 different species of birds at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, and the most recent additions to the list were the most exciting. Beginning last November, birders who visit the motherhouse grounds began seeing Common Redpolls and White-winged Crossbills and Red Crossbills. These three species rarely migrate so far…

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Sister Anne Doherty dies; was 14th general superior of Sisters of Providence

Sister Anne Doherty, who served as the 14th general superior of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind., from 1981 to 1986, died Sunday, Feb.3, 2013, in Mother Theodore Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. During her years of leadership, she began the renovation of the Church of the Immaculate Conception; and coordinated the building of…

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Sisters enjoy the intensity and challenge in a good game of Scrabble

Can you imagine the euphoria of a one-move checkmate? Well, technically, that’s impossible. But in many other games, tests and competitions, an opening move to put your opponent into a position of certain defeat can cause E-C-S-T-A-S-Y. Sister Mary Beth Klingel remembers enjoying that R-O-U-S-I-N-G success once when she was the first player in a…

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Several Sisters of Providence share their Christmas wishes

Sisters of Providence may not sit on Santa’s plush lap or bended knee, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a wish or two to share with you for the Christmas season. By reading through some of their thoughts, you’ll notice their comments are very much in line with their mission of serving God by…

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Dave Cox was media relations manager for the Sisters of Providence for many years. Prior to his work with the sisters, he spent over 30 years in newspaper newsrooms.