Foley Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

 

Calling all former students of Providence Juniorate/Aspirancy to reunite at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on June 23, 2017!

The reunion begins at 9:30 a.m. (Indiana time) in Providence Spirituality & Conference Center with registration and a continental breakfast. The program begins at 10 a.m., inside O’Shaughnessy Dining Room.

Mass will be at 11:30 a.m., followed by our traditional group photo on the steps of the Church of the Immaculate Conception. A lunch buffet will be served beginning at 12:45 p.m. The afternoon session resumes at 2 p.m., for an hour with hopes that many will stay to catch up with friends, visit with Sisters of Providence, or even tour the grounds.

Registration information will be mailed to you in April and an online registration form will appear here at the same time. If you are interested in lodging at LeFer, please email Connie Gualano at cgualano@spsmw.org. The cost per room is $45 a night. Local hotels have also given us some rates if you would prefer to stay there. again, all of this information will be in your mailed registration invitation and on this page in early April.

Memories Table

Alumnae are invited to bring memorabilia from their time in the Juniorate/Aspirancy. Please label with your name and the year you attended. Then, bring to registration for placement on the memories table. It will be your responsibility to pick up your memorabilia as you leave at the conclusion of the day.

Keep in touch!

The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Providence Juniorate/Aspirancy has an active group on Facebook. You must send a request to join. Get started here!

History of the Providence Juniorate/Aspirancy

In 1930, Mother Mary Raphael Slattery, having closed Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Academy and moved it to Ladywood in Indianapolis, planned to open Providence Juniorate at Saint Mary of the Woods.  The institution of minor seminaries had become an accepted phase of clerical life in the United States, and many communities of women religious were led to open similar high schools in connection with their novitiates. Providence Juniorate (or Aspirancy, as it was renamed after the initiation of the Sister Formation Program) became accredited and was eminently successful through the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. The Fathers of Vatican II addressed reforms in seminary life and suggested that future seminarians do normal activities in high school and have frequent contact with their families. The sisters also began to recommend that young women interested in religious life attend high school at home. Diocesan high schools were becoming plentiful. For this reason, the Aspirancy closed in 1965. Almost 900 young women had received all or part of their education there. Thirty eight percent entered the Novitiate and 75 percent remained to become professed members of the Congregation.