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November 3, 1989 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 Sisters of Providence celebrating 150 years By PAUL LEINGANG Message Editor College was founded by Mother Theodore Guerin and five other Sisters of Providence from Ruille-sur-Loir, France, who came to the United States in Oc- tober 1840. The sisters came at the request of Bishop Celestin de la Hailandiere for mis- sionaries to teach the children of pioneer families. Bishop Hailandiere was the second bishop of the young Diocese of Vincennes, which had been established in 1834 under the leadership of Bishop Simon The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind., have begun a year long obser- vance of 150 years of service. The sesquicentennial celebra- tion commemorates the work of the community in two major areas: at the college they established near Terre Haute, and in the surrounding schools and parishes. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods A painting of Mother Theodore, Guerin depicts her teaching pioneer children about Mary, the Mother of God. -- Photo courtesy Sisters of Providence I : ..... Career / Opportunity The Knights of Columbus is looking for full-time field agents. We are seeking people with integrity, high in- itiative, sincere interest in people and a desire to excel financially as independent businessmen. Excellent starting salary and all fringe benefits, inc!uding expense grant and non-contributory pension plan. -- For more in[ormation contact -: STEVE BREWER ...................... 1-663-4587 I Brute. The new college was known first as Saint Mary's Academy. The first pupil entered the academy, July 4, 1841, to take advantage of the curriculum which included languages, art, philosophy, mythology, U.S. history, sociology and literary criticism. Saint Mary-of-the- Woods College is the oldest Catholic liberal arts school for women in the United States. Sisters of Providence came to staff the school at St. Joseph Church, Jasper, in 1842. 'It was their first mission outside of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Next, in 1843, were Mont- gomery and Vincennes. At St. Peter Church, Mon- tgomery, children went to the sisters' home to be taught their lessons, until 1846. Sisters of Providence returned to staff a newly completed parish school, from 1895 until 1907. Sisters of Providence came to Vincennes "to take charge of the little orphan boys," accor- ding to a diary entry written by the community's foundress. They opened St. Mary's Academy almost immediately; it became known as St. Rose Academy in 1848. Sisters of Providence came to Assumption School, Evansville,' in 1853. They open- ed St. Simon Grade School and High School, Washington, in 1857; St. John School, @Loogootee, in 1862; and Holy Trinity School, Evansville, in 1864. The sisters also opened St. Peter School, Linton, in 1923; St. John School [now Flaget Elementary), Vincennes, in 1927; St. Mary School, Washington, in 1928; Holy Family School, Jasper, in 1951: and Precious Blood School, Jasper, 1957. Sister Jane Iannaccone, S.P., teaches at Holy Redeemer School, Evansville. -- Photo courtesy Sisters of Providence Sisters of Providence have 'also served schools at St. John Church, Newburgh; St. Joseph Church, Vanderburgh County; and Sacred Heart, St. John, Cor- pus Christi, and Good Shepherd churches, all in Evansville. During their sesquicenten- nial, the sisters will com- memorate more than 10,300 combined years of service to the Diocese of Evansville, accord- ing to Ann M. Hicks, media coordinator for the Sisters of Providence. Since 1840, the Sisters of Providence have ministered as teachers and administrators in the United States, mainland China, South America and Taiwan. according to Hicks. "Today," said Hicks, "Sisters of Providence respond to the diverse needs in the post- Vatican II Catholic Church by taking on roles and assignments in parishes as teachers, religious educators and pastoral For in[ormation on vocations contact: Father David Fleck, Vocations Office, 424-5536 Ext. 111 Holy Family Church Grounds, Hwy 162 South, Jasper Low Cholesterol Fried CHICKEN and BEEF DINNERS 11:00 AM-6:00 PM associates; in hospitals as technicians and chaplains; in dioceses as administrators and consultants. Sisters of Pro- vidence minister in 62 arch- dioceses and dioceses in 28" states and in Taiwan." The year-long celebration of the sesquicentennial began Oct. 22. The theme of the sisters' celebration is "Piovidence: 1840-1990. A Journey in Love, Mercy and Justice." Community-wide celebra- tions include a homecoming of all current and former Sisters of Providence and a Providence Women's Conference at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods during July 1990. As part of the sesquicenten- nial observance at Saint Mary- of-the-Woods College, a $15 million dollar capital campaign has been launched to look towards the next 150 years, ac- cording to Ann All, media coor- dinator for the college. Future plans for the college include the creation of an on- campus leadership program and an exchange program with Providence Collega, Taiwan, according to Dr. Barbara Doher- ty, president of Saint Mary-of- the-Woods College. "Over the years we've had considerable impact on the roles of women in society," said Doherty, promising con- tinued college involvement in exploring the changing ,needs of women. "We serve women in multiple ways now but we want to address every need that we possible can," she added. II Built with Quality to Save You Time & Money =I#SPER-a00 J [,NGIN[S L T P,.ANSMISSIOI( Factor 3 , and General Office Hwy. 231 S. Jasper, IN (812) 482-1041 HUGE GIVI=',.AWAY- $1,000 $100 ATTENDANCE PRIZE Every Hour Starting at 1:00 P.M. 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