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White Violet Center for Eco-Justice

Sustainability and social change

By Kelsey Hollis | December 4, 2016 |

Isabelle grew up riding horses in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but she didn’t really enjoy it. Her favorite part came after the lesson, when she would care for the horses. Her love of caring for animals is part of what lead her to apply for the internship.

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From fashion to fiber arts

By Kelsey Hollis | December 2, 2016 |

As a child, Sadie spent much of her time doodling and sketching clothes. She felt it was the only thing she could imagine herself doing, and thus pursued it in college. An introductory textile art class inspired her to follow her current path.

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Sister has life changing trip to Standing Rock Sioux Nation

By Cheryl Casselman | November 6, 2016 |

Sister of Providence Joni Luna recently traveled from Indiana to stand with the Native Americans keeping vigil of sacred burial ground on the high plains of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in North Dakota.
They call themselves water protectors not protestors, as they peacefully protest the North Dakota Access pipeline.

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New Providence Associate candidates share what brought them here

By Amy Miranda | October 14, 2016 |

“A friend told me ‘You are looking for the feminine face of God, and you’ve caught a glimpse of it in the Sisters of Providence.”
“Even as a child I was always in awe of the spiritual feeling you get here.”
Providence Associate candidates share what brought them here.

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The cat’s meow

By Kelsey Hollis | October 13, 2016 |

It all started with mouse droppings. When Lorrie Heber took over leadership of White Violet Center in March of 2014, she noticed evidence of some unwelcomed visitors in the center. Several traps later, the culprits had not been caught. It was jokingly suggested that Lorrie get a barn cat.

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New energy, focus for justice

By Sister Tracey Horan | October 3, 2016 |

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.

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Hoosier Green Light Award

By Cheryl Casselman | September 30, 2016 |

White Violet Center for Eco-Justice received a Hoosier Green Light Award presented by Sustainable Indiana 2016, an Earth Charter Indiana initiative, and was inducted into the Bicentennial Green Legacy Hall of Fame last night during a ceremony at the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute.

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Reminders of the beauty of God

By Amy Miranda | September 19, 2016 |

“The beauties of nature were continual reminders to her of the beauty of God; it was a thought she loved to put frequently before our minds. The luxuriance of the foliage suggested the bounty and infinite power of the Creator; the beauty of winter in its snowy mantle, purity of soul and the splendor of that spotlessness. ”
Mother Anastasie Brown shares her first-hand memories of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and her connection to nature.

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A look at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice and Sister Ann Sullivan

By Jason Moon | July 28, 2016 |

A look back at the beginning of White Violet Center for Eco-Justice

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Let your surroundings inspire change

By Cheryl Casselman | June 4, 2016 |

This is my view as I write. I can sometimes take the sounds of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods for granted, but in this moment I am paying attention to every bird’s song, frog’s croak and bee and mosquito buzz.

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Sisters of Providence “employ” special education students

By Cheryl Casselman | May 18, 2016 |

Thursday is my favorite day of the week. It peps me up knowing the weekend is still to come. But when my favorite day of the week includes inspirational young people, well, that’s just the icing on the high school graduation cake!

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Giving thanks to the ash trees on Arbor Day

By Sister Dawn Tomaszewski | April 29, 2016 |

I feel a need to say thanks, to find a way to acknowledge their importance

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Teaching, caring, inspiring for all creation. A ministry of the Sisters of Providence, White Violet Center for Eco-Justice at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana was established in 1996. Here you’ll find a herd of alpacas, a flock of laying chickens, a 5-acre USDA certified organic garden, orchards, bee hives, a Farm Store, nature trail and internship opportunities.

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