Be inspired

What inspires you?

For the Sisters of Providence a belief in, and dependence upon, Providence is central to our faith. Providence is simply another name for God’s loving care in our lives and in the world. Our foundress Saint Mother Theodore Guerin had a deep love for Christ and the Eucharist, which the sisters also carry forward today. Perhaps Providence has brought you here to be inspired and to thus inspire others?

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

“I am going to offer my prayers for you, so that the Holy Spirit will inspire and guide you.”

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

1798-1856, Foundress of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana

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Quote of the day

March 28
“When one has nothing more to lose, the heart is inaccessible to fear.”
– Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

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Finding the right words difficult? Search our database to find the perfect prayer, or be inspired by a quote that you can share with others.

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Environmental and social justice

Do you wish to join with other like-minded persons to support the marginalized?

We are called to respect and care for all of God’s Creation to preserve a vibrant earth community for future generations. We have honored the spirit that has brought us forth as interconnected and interdependent reflections of the God of Providence in sacred relationship with all life. Justice relates to all parts of the web of life – social, economic and environmental.

Learn about ways you can join the Sisters of Providence in supporting environmental and social justice.

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“If present trends continue, this century may well witness extraordinary climate change and an unprecedented destruction of ecosystems, with serious consequences for all of us. … Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: Environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.”

Pope Francis

Laudato Si encyclical

Weekly Gospel reflection

March 29, 2020: Fifth Sunday of Lent

Reading: John 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45 The sisters sent word to him, saying, “Master, the one you love is ill.” When Jesus heard this he said, “This illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” Now Jesus loved Martha…

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Upcoming events

Sundays at the Woods: Walk in the Woods

June 14 at 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT

Put on your hiking shoes or boots and bring the whole family on this 1.5 mile, guided tour of the nature trail and cosmic walk at the Woods. Learn from Stu Haney who helps manage the magnificent woods of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods about the unique features of these woods and its species and how we help…

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May
14

Women, Wine and Wisdom at the Woods

NOTE: Due to the new restricted guidelines offered from the CDC, Women, Wine and Wisdom at the Woods on May 7 is canceled. Please check back here for May 14 & May 21 sessions. Join with…

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May
17

Sundays at the Woods: Farm Tour at White Violet Center

Learn about sustainable farming practices when you join the staff of White Violet Center for a tour of the farm. Get up close and personal with our alpaca herd and find out what it means…

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May
21

Memory Café

NOTE: Out of an abundance of caution regarding COVID-19, the Sisters of Providence are cancelling the programs through March 31, 2020 so Memory Café on March 19 is cancelled. A Memory Café is a welcoming…

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