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.

  • 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.

Enjoying a walk in the Woods during a break.
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

Earth Day Festival 2024

April 20 at 11:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT

There’s something for everyone at the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice Earth Day Festival. From nature shows and earth-related craft activities for kids, to spinning, weaving and felting demonstrations and visits with the alpacas that provide the fiber. There will be exhibits, organic garden and horse barn tours and much, much more. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 20, 2024 at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

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Apr
20

Teen Volunteer Opportunity: Earth Day

Our special Earth Day Festival teen opportunity will allow teens to accompany sisters and health care residents to our Earth Day Festivities. Your presence will brighten a sisters’ day!

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Apr
20

Earth Day Festival 2024

There’s something for everyone at the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice Earth Day Festival. From nature shows and earth-related craft activities for kids, to spinning, weaving and felting demonstrations and visits with the alpacas that provide the fiber. There will be exhibits, organic garden and horse barn tours and much, much more. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 20, 2024 at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

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Apr
20

Forest Meditation: Wandering in the Woods

Wander among the trees and connect with yourself for a guided meditation based in eco-spirituality and nature. Free. Donations accepted.

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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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