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The Sisters of Providence are taking action in order to protect our sisters, staff, volunteers and visitors. The situation in Indiana and across the United States continues to be very fluid.  We will continue to do our best to keep you informed as we move forward.

Latest news

September 1, 2020 – The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods know that now more than ever our community needs to come together for reflection and renewal. This is why we are working diligently to offer “food for the spirit” during these trying times and started offering virtual workshops and programs so you can join us while staying in the comfort and safety of your own home. We also offer in-person portion but limit the participants to 10 or less. Please check all of our programs here.

July 22, 2020 – Join us in praying for those who are suffering from COVID-19 on Thursday, July 23 at 9:00 a.m. EASTERN.
The International Union of Superior Generals (UISG), in collaboration with LCWR and the Confederation of Latin American Religious (CLAR), is holding an online prayer, “I Can’t Breathe,” to remember all those who are suffering from COVID-19.
The prayer will be in English, French, Spanish and Italian with simultaneous translations, on Thursday, July 23 at 9:00 a.m. EASTERN. Please feel free to share this information with others.
The link to participate in the service is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89788103343
Meeting ID: 897 8810 3343

July 13, 2020 Farm Store at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice will be open to the public on July 15th! Out of an abundance of caution, we will limit access to two (2) customers at a time. Please wear face coverings/masks to keep you and us safe!

July 1, 2020Linden Leaf Gifts located in Providence Spirituality & Conference center will be open to the public on July 6th! Please wear face coverings/masks to keep you and us safe!

June 24, 2020: The Sisters of Providence have revisited our decisions regarding the return of our work force to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and the opening up of various functions on the campus using Indiana’s Back on Track Plan as well as the suggestions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to guide our decisions, especially as they apply to our unique population here at the Woods.
In the light of those guidelines, we will welcome all staff back to work on Monday, July 6. We have set a few guidelines: mandatory screening on all staff, requiring wearing face coverings/masks, maintaining physical distancing in all interactions with one another, maintaining sanitizing schedule for personal and common areas twice daily, and setting up travel guidelines.

June 1, 2020 – Sisters of Providence offered a prayer service honoring the 100,000 + people who have died from COVID-19 on Monday, June 1, 2020, at 1:00 pm (eastern).  To join please click here. This link will be valid until June 30th so please click to watch it and pray with us if you were not able to view it live.

May 8, 2020 – Sisters of Providence welcome new alpaca amid COVID-19 outbreak. Meet Providence Raphael Anthony “Tony”.

April 16, 2020 – Providence Cristo Rey: Doing their part. Take a few moments to watch this video of students from Providence Cristo Rey High School doing their part to help Indianapolis families in need during this crisis.

April 8, 2020 – Easter is upon us. Watch a video message from the Sisters of Providence.

March 23, 2020 – The Sisters of Providence provide another update regarding the Congregation’s response to the continued threat of COVID-19.

March 20, 2020 – The Sisters of Providence announce more closures and changes in response to the continued threat of COVID-19.

March 17, 2020 – With new guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) the Sisters of Providence have released new information on visitor access and events.

March 13, 2020 – Due to the continued threat of exposure to the coronavirus, the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, are taking precautions in order to protect the women in the Congregation.

Updates

Providence Health Care

Providence Health Care is restricting visitation access at this time. This includes Lourdes and Mother Theodore Guerin Hall. They will be allow outside visits by appointment only. Please call 812-535-4001 for details and scheduling.

Providence Hall and other residential buildings

Due to the medically fragile nature of most of the residents of Providence Hall and our surrounding small community dwellings, no visitors are allowed into our buildings until further notice.

Mass

Mass in the Church of the Immaculate Conception is closed until further notice. The Archdiocese of Indianapolis will be live streaming daily mass via the Indiana Catholic YouTube Channel.

Additionally National Catholic Reporter has compiled a list of Catholic worship services, including daily and Sunday Mass being held all over the country that you can enjoy online.

Tours

All tours are cancelled until further notice.

Buildings and sacred sites

All buildings and indoor sacred sites are closed to the public. This includes:

  • Church of the Immaculate Conception
  • Blessed Sacrament Chapel
  • Shrine of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin
  • Providence Spirituality & Conference Center (except Linden Leaf Gifts which is open to the public since July 6th)
  • White Violet Center for Eco-Justice (except Farm Store which is open to the public since July 15th)

Sunday Brunch

Sunday Brunch in O’Shaughnessy Dining Room is closed until further notice.

Linden Leaf Gifts

Linden Leaf Gifts is open to the public since July 6th. We keep the safety measure seriously and ask all the customers to wear face coverings or masks. You can still shop online.

Farm Store at White Violet Center

Farm Store at White Violet Center is open to the public since July 15. We are open noon-5 p.m. (closed on Sundays). Out of abundance of caution, we will limit access to two (2) customers at a time for now and ask all the customers to wear face coverings or masks. We still offer curbside service for online orders placed by noon.

On Wednesdays, we can also bring your online order for pick up in St. Patrick’s parking lot from 4- 6 p.m. We are also at the Terre Haute Farmers Market on Saturdays from 8-noon in the Meadows Shopping Center parking lot off of Poplar Street. You can also find White Violet Center produce and flowers at Baesler’s Market.

Outdoor grounds

Visitors are reminded that all buildings remain closed to the public except Linden Leaf Gifts and Farm Store at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice. Please wear face coverings or masks and observe social distancing protocols. Please stay 6 ft. apart on all sides if you should encounter others while at the Woods even when outdoors.

Events

Many of our upcoming programs, workshops, retreats and events will now be offered virtually. Please check our event calendar for details.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

Please visit their website for specific details.

Resources for more information regarding Covid-19

Hand washing is still one of the best ways to combat COVID-19 and other viruses according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This short video explains why plain old soap is so effective.

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