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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

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.

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
  • White Violet Center for Eco-Justice

Sunday Brunch

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

Linden Leaf Gifts

Linden Leaf Gifts is closed but you can still shop online. During this time we are offering free shipping on orders $50 or more and 25% off. Thank you for supporting the Sisters of Providence.

Farm Store at White Violet Center

Farm Store at White Violet Center is closed. Shop online for essentials like eggs, meat, cheese and produce. Submit your order by noon each day, Monday-Friday. Your order will be ready for curbside pickup the same day between 3-5 p.m. Orders received after noon will be ready the next business day.

Outdoor grounds

Visitors are being asked to do their part and stay home. Indiana is under a Stay-At-Home order as of 11:59 p.m. March 24. Staying home is critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in your community. Adhering to the order will save lives, and is the responsibility of everyone to do their part. 

Events

These events have been cancelled:

  • All Art Guild events (April 1, April 2, May 5, May 7)
  • Way of the Cross for Justice (Good Friday, April 10)
  • Easter Brunch (April 12)
  • Taizé (April 14)
  • Sundays at the Woods: Art at the Woods (April 19)
  • Earth Day Festival & Craft Fair (April 25)
  • Enneagram Workshop (May 1-3)
  • Bikers, Brunch and Blessing (May 3)
  • Women, Wine and Wisdom at the Woods (May 7)
  • Mother’s Day Brunch (May 10)

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

SMWC has transitioned their academic curriculum to an online only format. All students have been asked to move off campus. With the exception of a handful of individuals, SMWC staff is working remotely. Visit their website for more 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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