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A Civil War widow joins the Sisters of Providence

By Connie McCammon | February 27, 2009 |

With the death of her husband, Major John Patrick Dufficy, on June 20, 1864, Minerva Dufficy became a widow. By an act approved by Congress on July 14, 1862, she was entitled to a widow’s claim. Minerva received a monthly check of $25 a month. According to documentation from Congress, widows received this pay throughout…

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Sisters’ habits

By Sisters of Providence | February 13, 2009 |

An engineering degree was practically required in order to understand the 1960 instructions for the new caps and collars worn by the Sisters of Providence. The instructions read in part: “The cap should be worn just in front of the serre-tête facing and should fasten or rest about 1/8-inch from the edge of serre-tête on…

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Election and inauguration reflections

By Sisters of Providence | February 7, 2009 |

After the 2008 election and the inauguration of President Barack Obama on Jan. 20, 2009, the Sisters of Providence were asked by the staff members of Archives to reflect on this event. The following are portions of their reflections. As you can see, the Sisters of Providence represent a cross section of the country. Click…

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A niece remembers Saint Mother Theodore

By Sisters of Providence | February 7, 2009 |

The only surviving sibling of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin was her sister, Marie Guerin-Le Touzé. Three of her daughters entered the Sisters of Providence of Ruillé-sur-Loir, France, and came to the United States to serve at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Only one of the women remained in the Congregation. M. Therese (born Feb. 9, 1827) entered the…

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Conserving and digitizing a saint’s journal

By Sisters of Providence | January 5, 2009 |

One of the most cherished pieces of the Congregation’s history was conserved and digitized with the assistance of the Indiana Historical Society’s Historic Document Preservation Program and the Preservation Imaging Lab. Saint Mother Theodore Guerin’s journal, which is written in French, began with her arrival on Oct. 22, 1840. The journal ends shortly before her…

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Sister Norene Wu: oral history

By Connie McCammon | January 5, 2009 |

This is part of Religious Life through the Generations, a series of features illustrating what has motivated women from different generations to enter religious life and how their concepts of the vows were similar or different. This project examined the spiritual lives of three women and how this aspect of their lives has evolved through…

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Sister Marilyn Herber: oral history

By Connie McCammon | January 5, 2009 |

This is part of Religious Life through the Generations, a series of features illustrating what has motivated women from different generations to enter religious life and how their concepts of the vows were similar or different. This project examined the spiritual lives of three women and how this aspect of their lives has evolved through…

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Oral history videos

By Connie McCammon | January 5, 2009 |

Sister Marceline Mattingly: Civic or G.I. Generation (1901-1931) (No audio) Sister Marilyn Herber: (formerly Sister Vincent Marie) Adaptive or Mediating Generation (1932-1944) (No audio) Sister Norene Wu: Boomer Generation (1945-1963) (No audio)

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Sister Marceline Mattingly: oral history

By Connie McCammon | January 5, 2009 |

This is part of Religious Life through the Generations, a series of features illustrating what has motivated women from different generations to enter religious life and how their concepts of the vows were similar or different. This project examined the spiritual lives of three women and how this aspect of their lives has evolved through…

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Religious Life Through the Generations

By Christina Blust | January 5, 2009 |

The purpose of this project was to illustrate what has motivated women from different generations to enter religious life and how their concepts of the vows were similar or different. This project examined the spiritual lives of three women and how this aspect of their lives has evolved through the years. For this project, three…

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The Le Fer sisters: Gifts to the Congregation

By Sisters of Providence | January 13, 2008 |

This article is reprinted from winter 2008 issue of HOPE. By Brother Barry Donaghue, cfc One of the loveliest of the early “her-stories” of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods is that of the Le Fer sisters, Irma and Elvire, who, like their own Mother Theodore, gave themselves without reservation into the arms of…

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A centennial celebration

By Connie McCammon | May 13, 2007 |

This article is reprinted from summer 2007 issue of HOPE. A place to worship — from the moment Saint Mother Theodore Guerin stepped foot on this hallowed ground at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods there has always been a deep-seated desire for a sacred place to honor the Blessed Sacrament. Mother Theodore, however, was not prepared for the…

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Often, some of the most interesting pieces of history are lost in time. These inviting stories are drawn from the Sisters of Providence Archives and the memories of sisters and friends. They feature the many people and places instrumental in the Sisters of Providence history.

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