cute-asian-girl Has the idea of becoming a religious sister ever crossed your mind? We invite you to engage the idea. (We promise, it really isn’t as crazy as it may seem at first.)

We call this initial phase of exploring religious life discernment. The word discernment implies delaying judgement. It’s about spending time seeking spiritual guidance and understanding. It’s about gathering information and listening to the inner voice of God within you.

During this time of personal reflection, you have the opportunity to get to know us, and we can get to know you. Together, through mutual discernment, you will discover more about your calling and whether taking the next step to pursue life as a Sister of Providence would be life-giving to you.

Contact Sister Editha Ben at or 812-230-4771 if you would like more information on discerning with the Sisters of Providence..

Sister Editha can send you resources, explore the possibility of a Sister of Providence discernment guide, tell you about upcoming discernment events and more.

If after a period of discernment, you believe that you are being called to the Sisters of Providence, Sister Editha can guide you through the formal application process.

Resources and opportunities for your discernment

Our Exploring e-newsletter offers information, can answer questions and shares stories and writings by Sisters of Providence.

Spend some time on our YouTube channel. Watch short clips of Sisters of Providence sharing about their own discernment and experiences living life as a Sister of Providence.

Sign up for a Come and See or discernment weekend retreat. You’ll meet some of the newest Sisters of Providence. Ask them any questions you may have about discerning with or entering the Sisters of Providence. See how the sisters live. Learn about Saint Mother Theodore and more!

Spend some time getting to know the Sisters of Providence and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods as an intern at our White Violet Center for Eco-Justice ministry. Spend concentrated time learning and working in our organic gardens or with our herd of alpacas. A great way to explore what might be next in your life.

Get to know the Sisters of Providence better by becoming a Providence Associate. Providence Associates walk with the Sisters of Providence while deepening their spirituality in their everyday lives.

Discernment prayer
At times when the way ahead, or even the next step, seems unclear,
assure me that You know what is to come;
that You envision a plan to prosper me and not to harm me,
to give me a future full of hope.…