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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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

October 26
“Really, I am humiliated in seeing Sister St. Francis run in the way of perfection while I just drag along.”
– 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

October 24, 2021: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Be alert for things that just ‘happen’ to you – what ‘stance’ will you take?

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Upcoming events

Women of the Bible

November 4 at 9:30 am - 11:30 am EDT

In-person or virtual. Women had a significant role in the Judeo-Christian story. Some, like Mary, the Mother of Jesus, were honored as holy, while others, such as Queen Jezebel, were…

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Oct
30

Faith Thinkers Through the Ages

In person or virtual. Engage with great faith thinkers from the 17th to the 20th centuries – Pascal, Kierkegaard, W. James, Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The seminar will focus on applying the ideas discussed to faith here and now, drawing on personal perspectives from the participants.

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Oct
31

Sunday Brunch at the Woods

Farm to fork. Join us for Sunday Brunch in O’Shaughnessy Dining Room at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods for a delicious meal prepared by our new catering partner, Bon Appétit. Their philosophy is simple — cook from scratch using fresh, authentic, seasonal ingredients from local farms and artisans.

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Oct
31

Halloween teen volunteer opportunity

Calling all teens! Come share your time and talents with our retired Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

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Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

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Saint Mother Theodore Guerin