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Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods are an apostolic order of Catholic women founded by Saint Theodora Guerin (known colloquially as Saint Mother Theodore) in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, in 1840. According to their mission statement, Sisters of Providence are "dedicated to the mission of being God's Providence in the world by committing ourselves to works of love, mercy and justice in service among God's people.

Sisters of Providence are designated by the initials "SP" following their name in print. As of 2008, there are nearly 450 sisters in the order, roughly 300 of whom live and minister from the motherhouse grounds in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. Other sisters minister in 19 U.S. states and Asia. In 1921, Providence University was founded in China and moved to Taichung, Taiwan in 1948.

Saint Mother Theodore was canonized on October 15, 2006. Her remains are currently enshrined in the Church of the Immaculate Conception at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. Plans for a permanent shrine are under way.

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