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Saint Mother Theodore Guerin’s original log cabin church nears completion

By Rosie Blankenship | December 22, 2011 |

Do you want to pray? Do you want to experience a little history? Do you want to sit quietly in a peaceful, natural place? The new old cabin at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods might be just the place for you. The Sisters of Providence, their staff and a group of volunteers have had this project in incubation…

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Opwatki is another name for love

By Sister Dawn Tomaszewski | December 20, 2011 |

This week, my wonderfully NON-Polish sister-in-law will travel to a Polish deli near her home outside of Chicago in search of kielbasa. She has chosen this deli because her daughter’s band director told her she also would find Opwatki there. “I know we have to have Opwatki,” she told me proudly when we spoke over…

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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

By Sister Jenny Howard | December 11, 2011 |

As we begin this third week of Advent, we are mindful of the “holy ones” who model for us by their lives, how we, too, might “be with” those around us who find themselves on the margins of society. How we, too, may by a source of strength and hope to those most in need.…

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Sister Mary Evangelista, Jessye the Cat, and Advent Waiting

By Sister Lisa Stallings | December 6, 2011 |

A number of years ago, when she was well into her nineties, Sister Mary Evangelista Herber (RIP) told me that she had decided to learn to wait. Her life involved a good deal of waiting, she reported. She had never been very good at it, so she had begun to use the ordinary activities of…

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Sister Diane Ris publishes new book about Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

By Dave Cox | November 10, 2011 |

Picture this: A Sister of Providence hovered over a desk in her writing room. A candle swaying delicately through currents of air as the sister works intently on her project. Sound familiar? Saint Mother Theodore Guerin did that when she documented events in her life and those special moments that were of vital importance to the fledgling Congregation…

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Sister Denise reflects on Election Day

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | November 4, 2011 |

The last several months have heightened my awareness of and gratitude for the privilege of voting as a way to exercise responsible citizenship and to shape public policy in the United States. As is often the case for me, it is in witnessing the lack of something that tunes me into that “thing’s” value. Think…

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Sister Dorothy Gartland receives Guerin Outreach Ministries Leadership and Advocacy Award

By Amy Miranda | October 27, 2011 |

Congratulations to Sister Dorothy Gartland for receiving the third annual Guerin Outreach Ministries Leadership and Advocacy Award. “If you live long enough and continue to work, somebody will eventually give you an award,” laughed the ever-humble Sister Dorothy upon receiving the award on Oct. 14. For the past 14 years, the “retired” Sister Dorothy, 81,…

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The wisdom of Saint Mother Theodore: Letter to Sister Maria

By Connie McCammon | October 26, 2011 |

Letter from Saint Mother Theodore to Sister Maria in Madison, Ind. Nov. 24, 1854 “I am sorry, my dear Sister, that you have yielded again to your caprices. You must make another copy of the pieces of music you destroyed. We shall see later what will be done with them. Think no more about these…

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Sisters of Providence welcome Dr. Dottie King as 16th SMWC president

By Rosie Blankenship | October 24, 2011 |

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College celebrated the appointment of Dr. Dottie King as the 16th president Friday during an installation ceremony and other events. Greetings and words of wisdom were offered during the installation ceremony by honored guests, including the student body, alumnae/i, civic leaders, national college leaders and the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Sisters of Providence General…

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CNN visits Saint Mary-of-the-Woods to research Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

By Dave Cox | October 24, 2011 |

Cable News Network (CNN) producer Jen Christensen visited Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Saturday, Oct. 22, to witness the Sisters of Providence Saint Mother Theodore Guerin Fest and to do research on the Congregation’s foundress. Jen hooked up with a video specialist, Jeff from Indianapolis, and spent most of the day Saturday witnessing the Foundation Day Eucharistic Liturgy,…

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The wisdom of Saint Mother Theodore: Letter to Sister Maria

By Connie McCammon | October 19, 2011 |

Letter from Saint Mother Theodore to Sister Maria in Madison, Ind. Nov. 11, 1853 “My dear Sister: “Sister Basilide having written to let me know the number of hours that each of you was occupied in teaching, I told her I thought you had too much to do and begged her to take something from…

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Sisters of Providence Foundation Day is Oct. 22

By Sister Ann Casper | October 18, 2011 |

Mother Theodore used to tell that when she saw the place they were coming to (Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana), her strength failed her, and it was with difficulty she was able to walk down the ravine, cross the little stream below on a log, and come up to the rude habitation to which they were conducted.…

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