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The universe story: How do we fit? Providence Community spring retreat

March 15 at 7:00 pm - March 17 at 11:00 am EDT

Community Room, Providence Hall

1 Sisters of Providence
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876 United States


Open for registration. Registration deadline: March 1, 2024.

March 15 at 7:00 pm March 17 at 11:00 am EDT

1 Sisters of Providence
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876 United States
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The Providence Community of Providence Associates and Sisters of Providence as well as the larger public, is invited to join us for the Providence Community’s spring retreat. Join us as our own Father Terry Johnson leads us to reflect on our place in the universe and how we reach for the Divine within it.

Diversity, Communion and Interiority are “the golden thread that holds the Universe together…” according to religious thinkers Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme. We will explore together these concepts as invitations for us to be in relationship with ourselves and all our kin in the universe, both human and other than human. 

Join us as we come together for moments of reflection and conversation with each other and all our kin. Together let us strive to listen to each other and come into deeper relationship with the universe! 

Father Terry currently serves as chaplain for the Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. He celebrates liturgy and prays with the community and is willing to listen to any who are interested in exploring their ever-evolving relationship with the Divine. Father Terry has ministered previously as a high school theology teacher, a director of religious education, a pastor, spiritual director and supervisor, and as an adjunct instructor in spiritual direction at Loyola University in Chicago.  


You have two options for attendance. Attend in person at beautiful Saint Mary-of-the-Woods for the fullest retreat experience. Cost to attend in person is $65. This includes three meals on Saturday and a continental breakfast on Sunday. (See some housing options below, priced separately.) Cost for Sisters of Providence to attend in person is $45. You must register to attend in person by March 1.

Or join us virtually by Zoom. Cost for virtual attendance is $25.

Register for either attendance option using the form at the bottom of this page.

Housing options


Woodhaven Retreat and Guesthouse at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

$50 per night. All rooms are single occupancy. Reserve your room and pay using the registration form at the bottom of this page. Nine rooms available.

The Hermitages at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

$80 per night. Can sleep one or more people. Three available.

Woodland Inn at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

$50 per night. Stay with the Sisters in Woodland Inn with your own bedroom. (Requires the ability to climb stairs.)

Providence Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

$50 per night. A private room in a community-living-type setting

Local hotels

Holiday Inn in Terre Haute, located at 3300 S. U.S. Highway 41, is offering a block of rooms for retreatants. The cost is $129+tax per night. Tell them you are attending the Providence Associate spring retreat for the discounted rate. Cutoff dates is Feb. 26, 2024. Phone number: 812-232-6081.

You are also welcome to explore other local hotel options in the area.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, March 15, 2024

7-9 pm        

Introduction to the weekend/Evening prayer

Saturday, March 16

8 am         
9 am         
1:30 pm
4 pm
5 pm
6 pm

Continental breakfast
Morning prayer/opening session
Lunch – Providence Hall Dining Room
Afternoon session
Afternoon closing
Catered supper in community room
Movie – The Journey of the Universe

Sunday, March 17

8 am
9 am

Continental breakfast
Closing session
Mass in the Church

For more information

Contact Providence Associates Office at 317-250-3294 or PAoffice@spsmw.org.

Facilitated by

Father Terry Johnson

Father Terry Johnson ministers as Chaplain for the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. In the past he has ministered as a parish priest in the Chicago area, as Director of the Hesburgh Sabbatical Program at Catholic Theological Union and as a parish Director of Religious Education.

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