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First chapel to be re-created at SMW

No worries if you’re not a history buff. The re-creation of the first log cabin chapel at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods will still be cool. Several years in the making, an authentic replica of the chapel visited by Saint Mother Theodore and her five companions when they arrived from France in 1840 is under construction. A Southern…

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A gadget-happy Sister

This article is reprinted from the summer 2011 issue of HOPE. Sister Joanne Golding is a self-proclaimed computer nut. So, she seems to be well connected in ministry as director of academic computing at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, even though she plans to retire at the end of the current semester. A lover of mathematics, she…

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General Superior summons foundress to support new SMWC president

Sister Denise Wilkinson, general superior of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, offered the following comments during the announcement of a new president for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Dr. Dottie King. Dr. King had served as interim president for about eight months. Sister Denise’s comments: “The General Council of the Sisters of Providence of Saint…

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Saint Mother Theodore Guerin receives another honor

How was Saint Mother Theodore Guerin a pioneer? Let us count the ways! She led a group of five other Sisters of Providence on a treacherous ocean voyage, through densely wooded terrain to a forest that became home. She was a leader in building Catholic education in Indiana. She was an astute businesswoman and landowner….

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Spiritual direction: you are not alone

This article is reprinted from winter 2010 issue of HOPE A multiple choice question for the spiritual at heart: Being a spiritual director keeps you: 1.) On your toes 2.) Up to date 3.) On your knees 4.) Out of trouble Actually, with not too much of a stretch of imagination, all four answers could…

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Bold strokes

This article is reprinted from summer 2007 issue of HOPE. Paint more! Sister Jody O’Neil would love to follow the advice of her long-time spiritual adviser. “That’s his consistent message for me. He said, ‘I wish you didn’t have to worry so much about marketing. Your painting is a gift to the world.” Like many…

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Spreading the mission of Providence

This article is reprinted from summer 2006 issue of HOPE. WWMTGT? Ah, yes, another acronym to clutter the collection of letter-laced configurations. But just What Would Mother Theodore Guerin Think about all this attention shining upon her life and accomplishments? What would she think about undergoing so much scrutiny? What would she think about being…

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Nearing the realization of a dream

This article is reprinted from summer 2006 issue of HOPE. A project that once seemed like a dream and posed an incredible challenge is heading toward reality. Providence Cristo Rey High School, sponsored by the Sisters of Providence, will open in Indianapolis in July. The new school will focus on serving primarily inner-city students who…

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All things possible with Sister Janice Smith

‘Now what? Now what!’ Sister Janice Smith remembers asking herself. The answer, for her, led her on the way to a life as a Sister of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind.

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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.