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Sisters to host Coffee with the Mystics series

Join the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, online or in person for the first session of our newest Coffee with the Mystics series this September!

The event will take place from 1-3 p.m., on Sunday, Sept. 13. Those planning to attend in person will meet in the Foley Room at Providence Spirituality & Conference Center. However, those who wish to attend online will receive a virtual link upon registering for the event.

The first of the four-part series will feature Sister Cathy Campbell discussing Saint Therese of Lisieux, who also is known as the Little Flower.

Sister Cathy said the fascination with Saint Therese of Lisieux probably stems from her “simplicity and her spirituality which is very accessible yet challenging to all Christians.”

“The youngest of nine children, St. Therese was born into a 19th Century French Catholic family committed to the church and to living the Gospel,” Sister Cathy said. “Also known as the Little Flower, she’s probably attractive to many because of her simplicity and openness to God’s grace. At the command of her superior, who also happened to be her sister, Therese wrote an autobiography “The Story of a Soul” that has become a classic in spiritual writings,”

Saint Therese of Lisieux followed her sisters by becoming a woman religious after joining the Order of the Discalced Carmelites of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel at the age of 15. She passed away at age 24 after suffering from tuberculosis.

Sister Cathy said Saint Therese of Lisieux is referred to as a mystic because she lived deeply united with the Divine. “I think there is a certain lure to that. “Each Mystic reflects the mysterious possibility of becoming one with the Divine in a way that is transformative.”

“Sometimes, mystics are perceived as eccentric types. St. Therese, however, in a unique way was a young woman who grew up in a family of pious people and demonstrated how an ordinary person also could become very close to God in her various relationships, if she focused on how God was part of them. ”

Sister Cathy said the workshop will begin by laying a groundwork of who mystics are.

“I try to define what a mystic is and what a mystic isn’t,” she said. “I try to help people understand how they fit into every day spirituality. Mystics can be hard to grasp. On the other hand, they can feel like old friends if you spend a little time with them.”

The remaining three sessions will take place on Oct. 11, Nov. 8, and Dec. 13.

Cost to attend one event in the series is $10 or $35 for all four. All participants are asked to register one week prior to the date of each session, and there will be a limit of 10 people for in-person sessions due to physical distancing.

For more information, click here, or call 812-535-2952 or email provctr@spsmw.org.

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About the Sisters of Providence

The Sisters of Providence, a Congregation of nearly 250 women religious, with more than 280 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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