We invite you to become part of the family of Providence

as a Sister of Providence or Providence Associate

Make justice, mercy and love more present in our world by joining with us in community and mission. Our vowed Sisters of Providence are women who live in community and dedicate their lives to the good of all God’s people. Our Providence Associates are people of varying ages and faith backgrounds who join us in the mission. Explore the ways you can join us!


“I really wanted to seek God more. And really live a life of purpose.”

Sister Dina Bato


“Being a Providence Associate is challenging me to be a better person. Being in this relationship with the sisters is offering me the opportunity to grow in my relationship with God.”

Providence Associate Marilyn Kirschten

Des Plaines, Illinois

Is God calling you to the community of Providence?

Become a Sister of Providence

Are you a single, Catholic woman between the ages of 18 and 42? Come explore a joy-filled life with us as a Sister of Providence.

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Become a Providence Associate

Are you an adult woman or man of faith? We invite you to enter into the Providence Associate relationship with the Sisters of Providence.

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Sister Jenny Howard

“One of the reasons I joined the Sisters of Providence was because when I watched them, they were happy. They seemed to like one another and they seemed to enjoy what they were doing. The deep down desire really was to serve God, to be for others.”

Sister Jenny Howard


“There is value in living an intentional faith-filled and faith-driven life.”

Sister Tracey Horan

Go make a difference

"Being a sister invites me daily to be open to service for a mission greater than myself."

Read Sister Joni's reflection
Two people walking on the peaceful campus at the Woods

Upcoming events


Saint Mother Theodore Guerin Feast Day

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on Oct. 15, 2006


Sisters of Providence Foundation Day

Come celebrate the Sisters of Providence Foundation Day!


Fall 2023 Come and See Retreat

What is religious life like today? Come and See! Explore if you might be called to life as a Sister of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Free weekend retreat Nov. 3-5, 2023


Get to know us better!


Rooted for tomorrow

Our congregation was founded in 1840, and we're still going strong. Get to know the Sisters of Providence today.

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

Our foundress was an amazing woman who continues to inspire people around the world.

Visit the Woods

Schedule a tour or visit.


Give the gift of yourself

Be an Intern

Organic gardening, fiber arts, and alpacas


Make a difference with us


Walk with our Provident God