The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods are a community of vowed Catholic women religious. Inspired by our foundress Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, we are passionate about our lives of prayer, education, service and advocacy.
Live joyfully! Single, Catholic women ages 18-42 are invited to explore a fulfilling life as a Sister of Providence. All women and men of faith are invited to join the family of Providence as Providence Associates.
Sister Joni fills in caring for the alpacas over the 2020 Christmas holiday
Sister Barbara Battista joins her voice in speaking out against inequality at the Terre Haute Haute march for commUNITY in June.
Sisters living in the formation house, from left, Sisters Marsha Speth, Jessica Vitente, Nancy Bartasavich and Janice Smith, show off the masks they have made.
Sister Jackie Hoffman with her cookie celebrating 70 years as a Sister of Providence in December. She died of COVID-19 in January.
During COVID-19 quarantine, Sister Katherine Francis French wrote and shared via the internet weekly reflections on the Sunday Scripture readings.
Sisters and Providence Associates together on Zoom from many remote locations filled multiple pages of the screen
Sister Lucy Nolan prays during a partially virtual gathering of Sisters of Providence 90 years old and over in September.
Vietnamese Dominican Sister Hang Tran, OP, and Sister Mary Montgomery make fudge in the White Violet Center kitchen to be sold in the Farm Store.
Sister Betty Paul in her ministry as northern regional coordinator for the office of faith formation in the Diocese of Charlotte North Carolina.
Pictured left, a small group of sisters at the Woods enjoy connecting with other sisters and associates from around the country and around the world via Zoom. Standing from left, Sisters Gloria Memering, Arlene Knarzer, Mary Lou Ruck and seated, Sisters Jeanne Hagelskamp (at computer) and Carol Nolan (seated).
Sister Mary Lois Hennel wipes down the railings on the Providence Hall stairs to help ward off a COVID-19 outbreak.
Sisters Patty Wallace and Arrianne Whittaker out for a fall walk near their Indianapolis home.
Sisters Janice Smith and Kay Manley geared up to help serve food to sisters when buffet style was no longer safe.
Sister Josephine Bryan, a volunteer at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Apple Valley, California, prays alone in the hospital chapel for all those in the hospital in great need.
Sisters in formation and the new membership team show some love during a Zoom gathering.
Providence Associate Rosaline Secrest joins protesters across from the Federal prison death chamber during a summer execution.
Sister Margaret Norris volunteers feeding the hungry at the Food Pantry in West Terre Haute.
Sisters of Providence in Taiwan gather to join their sisters across the globe for the Congregation’s virtual annual meeting last summer. From left, Sisters Anna Fan, Sophia Chen, Rose Chiu, Celeste Tsai, Donna Marie Fu and Delan Ma.
Sister Mary Ann Phelan choosing a snack, one of the hobbies still allowed during the months-long quarintine.
Sister Jessica Vitente helps caring for the alpacas over the Christmas holiday.
From left, Sisters of Providence Anji Fan, Mary Montgomery, Jeanne Hagelskamp and Paula Damiano join a peaceful protest in Terre Haute during one of the summer’s many executions at the Federal Prison there.
Sisters of Providence
The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, are a congregation of Roman Catholic women religious (sisters) who minister throughout the United States and Taiwan. Saint Mother Theodore Guerin founded the Sisters of Providence in 1840. The congregation has a mission of being God's Providence in the world by committing to performing works of love, mercy and justice in service among God's people.
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