Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
“I thought, ‘it looks like a little piece of Europe was plunked down in the backwoods of Indiana.'”
‘She was always calm, peaceful, looking at us straight in the eye, with her beautiful smile.’
I find strength in the passages written by Mother Theodore that are oft quoted and perhaps even more so in the lesser-known stories of her day-to-day life. She walked the grounds of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and cared so much for the fledgling school, its students and the teachers. I believe that her prayers are still with us and perhaps with me in a special way because I now watch over the school that she created.
SMWC students to take part in Foundation Day of Service on Tuesday, Oct. 24
‘I think this designation truly honors the legacy of all who have gone before us’
‘I think she had a distinct ability to always look forward. She was always visionary, ahead of her time.’
Trustee Alice Shelton said the retreat was very important. “The public tends to view Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and the Sisters of Providence as being very close together.”
Before discerning a focus, sisters and associates gave input on their priorities. Six key justice issues emerged: environment, human trafficking, immigration and refugees, anti-racism, women’s issues and nonviolence. Still … there was a clear desire for focus.
Remember the Renaissance Faire? Would you like to learn more about a ‘pair-o’-docs?’
Connecting to past commencements
Andrew O’Dwyer worked in security for the Sisters of Providence and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College for 48 years
One candidate said her 27-year-old daughter had come to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. She said she saw her daughter “became complete” here. So now she is coming as a Providence Associate candidate seeking to feel complete herself.