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

Retreat opportunities

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Prayer requests

How can the sisters pray for you today?

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Spiritual direction

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Let us help support you in your journey of faith.

We’d love to offer prayer support for you or a loved one in need. Perhaps you’d like to meet with a sister who can offer wisdom and journey with you?

Quote of the day

April 11
“All our sufficiency is from God. Who says: "Without me, you can do nothing."”
– Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

Search for inspiration

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

April 11, 2021: Second Sunday of Easter

Doors, windows and other portals are powerful images found in scripture, religious art and dreams.

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Upcoming events

Come and Zoom retreat: Living the mission of God

April 16 at 7:00 pm - April 17 at 2:00 pm EDT

What is it like to be a Sister of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods? Sign up for our virtual Come and See retreat April 16-17, 2021 to find out!

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Apr
13

Taizé Prayer at the Woods

Slow down at this hour-long service, based on a tradition from Taizé, France. Each service includes prayer, simple music, a time for silence and inspirational readings. All faith traditions are welcome.

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Apr
24

Birdwatching at the Woods

This event has been postponed until September.

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Apr
30

Spring Plant Sale

Gardeners and plant enthusiasts are invited to shop for organically grown vegetable, flower and herb plants at the White Violet Farm greenhouse. Cash and credit cards will be accepted. Friday, April 30 from noon–5 p.m….

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