“Are those violets, mama?” my son asked looking at the beautiful, violet colored blossoms in our neighbor’s garden. This was our family’s first spring in the US and violets are quite alien to us, having just moved from our home in India. Our interest in violets was roused by our weekend journey to Saint Mary-of- the-Woods, Indiana. It’s been an…Read more
Hospitality is a tradition the Sisters of Providence take to heart. Says one recent guest, “I soon found out that staying at Owens was like having 30 moms around me. I felt so safe, so accepted and secure. They even leave things at my bedroom door: a poem I might enjoy, a fresh-baked muffin, a cup of homemade soup, a book to read. They ask about my day.”Read more
(reprinted from the Summer 2013 edition of HOPE) They look like old-fashioned pot metal with appropriate signs of age: scrapes, dents and paint blemishes. Those gates at the entrance of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods are signs of protection, along with a sense of strength and security. If you look around, there’s nothing unusually striking about the surroundings:…Read more
(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,…Read more
Sister Jean Fuqua has a life list of seeing 146 different species of birds at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, and the most recent additions to the list were the most exciting. Beginning last November, birders who visit the motherhouse grounds began seeing Common Redpolls and White-winged Crossbills and Red Crossbills. These three species rarely migrate so far…Read more
Some of the first items installed in the Church of the Immaculate Conception at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods were the Stations of the Cross. They were made in Munich, Germany. The Stations are sculptures that show various scenes of Jesus in his final hours before He died on the cross. The Sisters of Providence also have the…Read more
No worries if you’re not a history buff. The re-creation of the first log cabin chapel at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods will still be cool. Several years in the making, an authentic replica of the chapel visited by Saint Mother Theodore and her five companions when they arrived from France in 1840 is under construction. A Southern…Read more
Founded in 1840 by Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana is a place to relax, reflect or pray. You can immerse yourself in our fascinating history and amazing architecture. Many of our buildings are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Take a guided group tour or a self-guided tour where you can explore at your own pace. There is plenty to do indoors such as visiting the Shrine of Saint Mother Theodore Gueirn, the Church of the Immaculate Conception and the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Animal and nature lovers will discover an abundance of trees and plants as well as a variety of creatures such as alpacas and chickens. You can do a little shopping and stop for a bite to eat. All are welcome.