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‘Coffee with the Mystics’ returns in January

During two January workshops, Sister Paula Damiano hopes all who attend will learn more about two mystics.

The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, will host “Coffee with the Mystics” twice in January, with the first event taking place from 10 a.m. to noon, on Jan. 11, and the second taking place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., on Jan. 14. Both will take place in the Providence Hall Large Conference Room.

During the workshops, Sister Paula will focus on the works and writings of Thomas Merton and Caryll Houselander.

“Many people are familiar with Thomas Merton and his autobiography, “Seven Storey Mountain.” We will take a look at some of the events that shaped his life and his spiritual development,” Sister Paula said. “Caryll Houselander, a much less-known mystic, died in 1954, and Merton died in 1968. We’ll take a look at what was common in their experiences.”

For example, Sister Paula said mystics are, or were, “ordinary people who found God IN the ordinary. This gives us hope in that we too can find God where we are, in our own time.

“This means that they took the time to be with the Divine,” Sister Paula continued. “They took time to reflect on their experiences of living.”

Cost to attend is $10, and the registration deadlines are Jan. 10 and Jan. 11.

Register online here or by calling 812-535-2952 or emailing jfrost@spsmw.org.

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About the Sisters of Providence

The Sisters of Providence, a Congregation of nearly 275 women religious, with more than 200 Providence Associates, collaborate with others to create a more just and hope-filled world through prayer, education, service and advocacy. The Sisters of Providence have their motherhouse at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, located just northwest of downtown Terre Haute, Ind. Saint Mother Theodore Guerin founded the Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in 1840. Today, Sisters of Providence minister in 17 states, the District of Columbia and Asia, through works of love, mercy and justice. More information about the Sisters of Providence and their ministries may be found at SistersofProvidence.org.

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Jason Moon

Jason Moon serves as media relations manager for the Sisters of Providence. Previously, he spent more than 16 years in the newspaper industry.

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