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COVID-19

The Sisters of Providence are working each day 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.

Here is the Prayer in this Time of Need written for the pandemic by Sister Paula Damiano, SP.

Updates

Last updated 2/3/2021

Buildings and sacred sites

All buildings operated by the Sisters of Providence are closed to the public until further notice. This includes:

  • Church of the Immaculate Conception
  • Blessed Sacrament Chapel
  • Shrine of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

Stores

Linden Leaf Gifts is open Mon-Fri from 10a.m. – 4p.m and Saturdays from 10a.m. – 3p.m. You can shop online 24/7 at LindenLeafGifts.com. Shipping and curbside pickup is available.

Farm Store at White Violet Center is open Mon-Sat from noon – 5p.m. You also shop online and pickup curbside. Select items are also available for shipping.

Mass

Mass in the Church of the Immaculate Conception is closed until further notice.

Our Taizé Prayer Service is now being streamed live. Join us on the second Tuesday of each month from 7-8p.m.

Tours

All indoor tours are cancelled until further notice. White Violet Center is now offering private, outdoor farm tours. Contact them at 812-535-2933 or wvctours@spsmw.org for cost and schedule or submit your inquiry.

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.

Providence Health Care

Providence Health Care is restricting visitation access at this time. This includes Lourdes and Mother Theodore Guerin Hall. Please call 812-535-4001 for more information.

Sunday Brunch

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

Outdoor grounds

Visitors are reminded that all buildings are currently closed to the public. If you are walking on our grounds please wear a mask and observe physical distancing protocols if you should encounter others while at the Woods even when outdoors.

Events

Many of our upcoming programs, workshops, retreats and events are now 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

News

Jan. 26, 2021 – The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, are dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19 among sisters and residents who reside in the long-term care unit of their health-care center. Read the leadership statement.

Sept. 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.

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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