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Visit the Woods

Whatever it is that draws you here, plan to spend time at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. We welcome you with open arms and hearts full of love.

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The Feast of Our Lady of Providence and Día del Descubrimiento

Tucked away in the rear of the Church of the Immaculate Conception at Saint Mary of-the Woods, Indiana, is the National Shrine of Our Lady of Providence. The shrine, established on May 1, 1925, is dedicated to the needs of all families. Over the years the sisters have received countless requests asking for Mary’s intercession…

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Slow down before you speed up.

The inevitable rush of the holidays is once again upon us. Before you get swept away, take time to pause and remember your departed loved ones.

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My favorite part: visits to the Woods have an impact

“My favorite part was praying with Mother Theodore Guerin because I felt her with me.” Children share letters after visiting Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

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Sister Rosemary wants your books

Twice a year Linden Leaf Gifts holds a used book sale and Sister Rosemary has been a key person in the planning and organization.

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Fair Trade: products that improve the lives of people on the margins

Linden Leaf Gifts is a store that worries less about keeping the lights on and more about how to bring light into the lives of marginalized people. As a ministry of the Sisters of Providence, Linden Leaf Gifts measures success a little differently than most retail stores. Success is derived also from the difference it can make in the lives of people that provide the unique products sold there.

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Benny brings smiles to residents of Providence Health Care

Benny (aka Benny the dog) with the assistance of his very human companion, Providence Associate Judy Collins, makes regular visits to Providence Health Care. His mission is simple. Make them smile.

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The gift that is Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

When is the best time to visit? It’s always a good time to journey to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Each season is beautiful in a special way. Even in the dead of winter you will discover things that may be hidden by the lush foliage that surrounds us in summer.

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Linden Leaf Gifts: Not just a store!

When you enter Linden Leaf Gifts you will find the religious goods you might expect. There are wonderful items with the image of Saint Mother Theodore and Our Lady of Providence that will inspire you.

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Renewing spiritually at the Woods

Ruth isn’t exactly sure what made her choose Saint Mary-of-the-Woods for her week-long retreat. She only knows “God wanted me there.”

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Mary Riley is the marketing manager for some ministries of the Sisters of Providence including White Violet Center for Eco-Justice and the Volunteer Services.