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Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: a place of welcome

By Dave Cox | May 1, 2013 |

(Reprinted from the Summer 2013 edition of HOPE) “It’s like experiencing a piece of happiness on Earth because of the beautiful grounds and the peaceful setting in nature. It is a wonderful place for meditation, retreat and relaxation.” ~ Theressa Bynum Terre Haute “The beauty, the church, the buildings and most of all the sisters,…

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Sisters reflect on coming home to the Woods

By Amy Miranda | April 30, 2013 |

(This article was originally printed in the Summer 2013 edition of HOPE.) “To me home is one’s rootedness. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods is my rootedness as a Sister of Providence. When I reached retirement time, Saint Mary’s was where I wanted to spend my final years. I came back home while I could still give some Community…

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Gifts of relationship, friendship

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | April 10, 2013 |

Who knew that April has been designated by someone National Card and Letter Writing Month? Personally, I’m for it. I love to both receive and write letters and cards. This is not to say that I’m as faithful to the practice as I am fond of the concept. I’m especially mindful of the salutary energy…

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How do you hear the Easter story this year?

By Sister Diane Mason | March 29, 2013 |

The Easter story is repeated every year! It is the same story but perhaps we hear it in a little different way than we did last year. Something within our lives has changed that brought us to our knees, or that gave us hope that all will be well. How do you hear the Easter…

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The Papal Conclave: March Madness & the Gift of the Holy Spirit

By Sister Dawn Tomaszewski | March 6, 2013 |

I love the annual NCAA College Basketball Tournament, affectionately marketed as “March Madness.” Like many fans I rip out the page from the newspaper that has the teams in their brackets and begin to pick my winners. My best case scenario has North Carolina, my graduate school alma mater, going to the Final Four. But…

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2 1/2 minutes a day

By Sister Lisa Stallings | February 26, 2013 |

At a conference I attended in Arizona last week, the presenter noted that each day between Ash Wednesday and Easter, residents of the Northern Hemisphere experience about 2 1/2 additional minutes of light. He went on to suggest that if each of us spent those extra minutes purposefully, our hearts would be better able to…

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Be kind. It’s bumpy out there.

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | February 19, 2013 |

Evidently I had too much time on my hands while preparing to write about Random Acts of Kindness Day. I got to thinking: isn’t any act of kindness random — by definition? Kindness — according to Jesus — flows outward to everyone. It’s not selective, not exclusionary and not judgmental. While we can plan random…

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Let’s go down to the river to pray … you could really benefit from this!

By Sister Dawn Tomaszewski | February 5, 2013 |

After the January Taizé prayer service at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, we learned that one of the participants made the following report to members of a committee on which he serves: “You all should go to the next one. You could really benefit from this.” These monthly services in the Church of the Immaculate Conception were created…

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Sister Cathy Buster called “heart and soul” of new migrant farm family community in Arcadia, Fla.

By Sister Cathy Campbell | January 28, 2013 |

As a realist, I don’t often get blown away, but in November 2012, when Sister of Providence Cathy Buster gave me a tour of Casa Juan Bosco in Arcadia, Fla., I experienced that feeling of being with someone who could dream dreams and marshal the resources to make them come true in mega form. With…

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Theological shifts with Second Vatican Council

By Sister Alexa Suelzer | January 7, 2013 |

Vatican II has not answered all questions, but it has provided an agenda for future theological development.

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My most challenging and most transformative years

By Sister Bernice Kuper | January 7, 2013 |

When the Second Vatican Council opened in 1962 I had just been appointed Director of Novices for our Congregation. This meant that I had accepted the responsibility of passing on to another generation the traditions, practices, prayer forms and life style of the Sisters of Providence. At that time there were approximately 150 women in…

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The Joy of Vatican II

By Sisters of Providence | January 7, 2013 |

(originally published in the winter 2013 issue of HOPE magazine) By Peg Benson Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli might justifiably be accused of being impulsive. He announced his intention to convene the Second Vatican Council on Jan. 25, 1959, as he waved joyously from a balcony — just three months into his papacy, having floated the idea…

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“The God of Providence carries the entire mystery of the divine, ever trustworthy, never failing. The God of Providence offers all the possibilities for ourselves and the world, including both what God wants to happen and what God is willing to let happen because God honors the gift of human freedom. The choices are ours — truly free, but ever grounded in the grace of God, the Holy Mystery of Providence, about which there is ever more to be discovered.” – Sister Ruth Eileen Dwyer

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