Welcome to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

The Sisters of Providence invite you to discover our home.

The Woods (that’s our nickname) is an extraordinary place. But don’t take our word for it! Experience it for yourself.

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“… It looks like a little piece of Europe was plunked down in the backwoods of Indiana.”

Tommy Kleckner

Director, Western Regional Office for Indiana Landmarks
  • Shrine of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

    Meet the woman who started it all and learn her amazing story.

  • Must See Places

    There's a lot to see and do. Be sure to visit these places first.

  • Sunday Brunch

    Sundays are meant for catching up around the dinner table. Let us do the cooking for you.

  • Shop, Eat, Stay

    No visit is complete without a stop at our stores and a bite to eat.

  • Alpacas & Agritourism

    Did you know we have a certified organic farm with alpacas, chickens and so much more?

  • Walk, Bike, Run, Roll & Stroll

    With miles of paved roads and paths, this is a perfect place to enjoy the outdoors and get your daily exercise.

  • History Buffs

    If you like history then you’ll want to see why we are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

You’ll find a variety of experiences here at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Rooted in spirituality, it’s the perfect place to relax, reflect or pray. You can immerse yourself in our fascinating history and amazing architecture. 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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Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

“We have gone out several times this summer to gather simples and linden blossoms, etc. In each excursion we discover something marvelous, beautiful, and useful in the magnificent forests of Indiana.”

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

1798-1856, Foundress of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

Guided Tours

Schedule a tour for your school, church groups, clubs and organizations.

Self-Guided Tours

Do you like to explore things on your own? We’ve got you covered. Download this walking tour PDF.

What's Nearby

There are a lot of great things in our area you won’t want to miss.

Directions & Hours Map

Let us help you find your way.

Mass

See times and information about Sunday and weekday services.

There’s always something going on at the Woods.

Check out our events, programs and workshops.

Upcoming events

Dementia: Learning, Living, Caring

August 22 at 9:30 am - 11:30 am EDT

Dementia is a syndrome, usually of a chronic or progressive nature, caused by a variety of brain illnesses that affect memory, thinking, behavior and the ability to perform everyday activities.  Although dementia mainly affects older people it is not a normal part of aging.  Learn about dementia in this three session series.  Awareness and advocacy…

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Sep
10

Taizé Prayer Service

Slow down and unplug at this hour-long service that began in Taizé, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France.  Each service includes prayer, simple beautiful music, a time for silence and inspirational readings.  Songs are sung many times over...

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Sep
14

Prayer for Beginners

Prayer for Beginners: Five steps that will get your prayer life headed in a new direction. Whether you are just beginning a practice of prayer or want to enliven or deepen your prayer life, this...

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Sep
15

Sundays at the Woods: Dementia Basics and Helpful Tips

Dementia is a syndrome, usually of a chronic or progressive nature, caused by a variety of brain illnesses that affect memory, thinking, behavior and ability to perform everyday activities. Although dementia mainly affects older people...

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Your wedding or event deserves a special venue.

Whether you want casual or formal, large or small, we have the right space to accommodate all your needs.

  • O’Shaughnessy & More

    Find out all the spaces we have to rent.

  • Weddings

    There is nothing more special than a Woods Wedding.

  • Events & Gatherings

    Birthday parties, reunions, baby showers and more!

  • Meetings

    Sometimes you need to get out of the office.

  • Food

    Our caterer will work with you to get just the right menu.

Photo albums

Stay connected

Our enewsletters and publications will keep you up to date with the  best content from the Sisters of Providence.

Upon their arrival, the firs thing Saint Mother Theodore and her postulates did was seek out a Log Cabin Chapel, which would serve as their very first "convent".

Get in touch

Use the form here to email us about tours, or you can contact us directly at 812-535-2925.

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