News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 23, 2013

Public invited to explore Guerin’s connection to nature


Special to the Tribune-Star

ST. MARY-OF-THE-WOODS — The Sisters of Providence invite the public to St. Mary-of-the-Woods on April 6 to explore Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and her connection to nature.

The free program, “Saint Mother Theodore Guerin: the Green Saint,” is set for 9 a.m. to noon at Providence Spirituality and Conference Center at St. Mary-of-the-Woods.

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church in 2006, traveled in 1840 from her homeland in France as a missionary to found of the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence and to open schools throughout Indiana, including Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

“The Sisters of Providence are devoted to the care of all God’s creation, which is so critical in the world today,” said Sister Paula Damiano, director of programming for the center.

Sisters of Providence Ruth Johnson and Jan Craven will lead the program. Johnson is a staff member at White Violet Center for Eco-justice and has done much work on Saint Mother Theodore and her work with nature. Craven is coordinator of the Office of the Shrine of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and has performed advanced study in spirituality, including Providence spirituality.

The program is geared toward adults of all ages and all faiths and anyone interested in the environment or in spirituality, Damiano said.

“I hope that people will come to understand that there really is such an intimate connection between spirituality and care of Earth,” she said.

There will be a second workshop, “Building Rain Gardens,” from 1 to 4 p.m. at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice.

The $15-program will teach the basics of building rain gardens, a practical way to care for the environment by protecting waterways.

For more information, visit www.sistersofprov

idence.org. To register, contact 812-535-2926 or pdamiano@spsmw.org.