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Sisters to host Coffee with the Mystics

Come out to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, and join the Sisters of Providence for the upcoming workshops in November on Coffee with the Mystics.

The first workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, on Nov. 16, while the second will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., on Nov. 19. Both will take place in the Providence Hall Large Conference Room.

Join facilitator Sister Jan Craven as she discusses Julian of Norwich.

During the workshops, Sister Jan will begin by focusing on the surroundings of Julian of Norwich and her time period.

“I really want to hone in on the context of her life to better understand her,” Sister Jan said. “What was happening specifically in the church, society and the Great Plague … and their influences on her life.

“Her teachings are important because she talks of Jesus from a ‘woman’s point of view.’ She wrote the first book by a woman ever set down on parchment in the vernacular known as Middle English. We are going to try to discover the woman behind the words and her visions in order to help us all grow spiritually.”

Sister Jan added she hopes participants will come away from the workshops knowing more about the mystics and what they stood for.

“They were not people who were private,” she said, “or only sought transcendent encounters with God. They were the ones who were bearers and interpreters of a common tradition of the people they lived around.

“Most experienced the ever real notion that God became human so that humans might become more like God. Like some today, they seek radically altered lives.”

Cost to attend either workshop is $10. The registration deadline for the first workshop  is Nov. 13, while the second deadline is Nov. 16.

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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For inquiries or information, contact Jason Moon at jmoon@spsmw.org or 812-535-2810.