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

Posted on January 11, 2017 at 9:38 am by

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. Continue reading

Building and healing: Saint Mother Theodore Guerin moment

Posted on January 11, 2017 at 5:00 am by

When Sister Mary asked if they had seen the Log Cabin Chapel yet, three of the men responded in unison, proudly and humbly, “We helped build it.” This was a reunion of sorts for the three men who were inmates in 2012 at the Federal Penitentiary in Terre Haute. Before their release, they vowed to return to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods for a visit, and this weekend was that moment. Continue reading

Grieving gracefully into a future full of hope

Posted on April 13, 2016 at 6:00 am by

Saint Mother Theodore once said, “Treat yourself as you treat others, with kindness and indulgence.” I firmly believe that, above all, to comfort oneself or another involves being gentle with oneself or another. It means allowing grief to be a teacher who reminds us that we are wired for resilience. We are meant to find meaning and purpose in life. Continue reading

Forgiveness and mercy

Posted on April 13, 2016 at 6:00 am by

Forgiveness is a process, and a slow one at that. We cannot rush forgiveness. If we do it becomes insincere. It takes time, patience and mercy and it is never an easy journey to make. Continue reading

Reaching out as mercy

Posted on April 13, 2016 at 6:00 am by

“As Pope Francis has spoken so many times, at least the way that I understand it, mercy is shown by reaching out to people where they are and not waiting for them to come to you. So in a way, it is to be alert to the needs of someone. The need to be loved, to be accepted, to be important. I think Pope Francis’ approach to a year of mercy has again called people to be more aware, more alert, to that,” said Providence Associate Daniel Hopcus, the priest chaplain at Saint Mary-0f-the-Woods. Continue reading

Transformed by these Woods

Posted on January 15, 2016 at 6:00 am by

“I don’t know what it is — there’s just something about the Woods.”
These are familiar sentiments for people who have lived or worked at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Most of us have heard these things. And most of us have said them ourselves. Sister Lisa Stallings reflects on the transforming power of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Continue reading

Renewing spiritually at the Woods

Posted on January 13, 2016 at 6:00 am by

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.” Continue reading

What can these Woods offer you?

Posted on January 13, 2016 at 6:00 am by

The Jubilee Year of Mercy began Dec. 8, 2015, the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council. What will you do this year to grow in your faith? To strengthen both charitable works and social justice at home and as part of your faith community? Maybe a visit to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods can help you on your way. Continue reading

Reconnecting with and sharing the Woods

Posted on January 13, 2016 at 6:00 am by

“It had been close to 20 years since we had a sister on staff,” St. Patrick School Principal Amy McClain said. “But we looked at our mission and ministry and then we looked to the Woods. It felt like Providence when Sister Joni applied.” Continue reading

Linden Leaf Gifts now carrying book, “175 Years”

Posted on October 29, 2015 at 11:22 am by

Linden Leaf Gifts now has the book, “175 Years,” featuring and honoring both the Sisters of Providence and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College presented by The Tribune Star. Continue reading

Our Lady of Providence Shrine celebrates 90 years

Posted on October 15, 2015 at 9:30 am by

Learn how Jesus mother Mary came to be honored under the title of Our Lady of Providence, Queen of the Home, in a shrine at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Continue reading

Retired sisters share Saint Mother Theodore and her home

Posted on October 15, 2015 at 9:30 am by

“When I think of the challenges facing our Congregation today … it may seem like all appearances are against a vibrant future. I am called to remember what the six founding sisters faced, and that deepens my faith and trust in Providence.” Continue reading

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