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My favorite part: visits to the Woods have an impact

By Mary Riley | September 12, 2017 |

“My favorite part was praying with Mother Theodore Guerin because I felt her with me.” Children share letters after visiting Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

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An unforgettable moment

By Delphine Le Brun | August 10, 2017 |

‘The grandeur of her humility and hard work is breathtaking and hard to process.’

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A special family visit

By Jason Moon | September 26, 2016 |

‘Saint Mary-of-the-Woods is a place of gifts; a place of rejuvenation.’

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The gift that is Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

By Mary Riley | June 21, 2016 |

When is the best time to visit? It’s always a good time to journey to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Each season is beautiful in a special way. Even in the dead of winter you will discover things that may be hidden by the lush foliage that surrounds us in summer.

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Reflection on Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

By Sisters of Providence | May 21, 2016 |

‘There is a promise in each singing twig …’

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Linden Leaf Gifts: Not just a store!

By Mary Riley | April 26, 2016 |

When you enter Linden Leaf Gifts you will find the religious goods you might expect. There are wonderful items with the image of Saint Mother Theodore and Our Lady of Providence that will inspire you.

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Transformed by these Woods

By Sister Lisa Stallings | January 15, 2016 |

“I don’t know what it is — there’s just something about the Woods.”
These are familiar sentiments for people who have lived or worked at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Most of us have heard these things. And most of us have said them ourselves. Sister Lisa Stallings reflects on the transforming power of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

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Renewing spiritually at the Woods

By Mary Riley | January 13, 2016 |

Ruth isn’t exactly sure what made her choose Saint Mary-of-the-Woods for her week-long retreat. She only knows “God wanted me there.”

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What can these Woods offer you?

By Diane Weidenbenner | January 13, 2016 |

The Jubilee Year of Mercy began Dec. 8, 2015, the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council. What will you do this year to grow in your faith? To strengthen both charitable works and social justice at home and as part of your faith community? Maybe a visit to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods can help you on your way.

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Reconnecting with and sharing the Woods

By Jason Moon | January 13, 2016 |

“It had been close to 20 years since we had a sister on staff,” St. Patrick School Principal Amy McClain said. “But we looked at our mission and ministry and then we looked to the Woods. It felt like Providence when Sister Joni applied.”

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Our Lady of Providence Shrine celebrates 90 years

By Sister Tracey Horan | October 15, 2015 |

Learn how Jesus mother Mary came to be honored under the title of Our Lady of Providence, Queen of the Home, in a shrine at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

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Retired sisters share Saint Mother Theodore and her home

By Jena Thralls | October 15, 2015 |

“When I think of the challenges facing our Congregation today … it may seem like all appearances are against a vibrant future. I am called to remember what the six founding sisters faced, and that deepens my faith and trust in Providence.”

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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.

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