Living the Questions: A Retreat for Sisters Residing in Health Care Facilities of the Sisters of Providence Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana
Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology
According to the Constitutions of the Sisters of Providence, “Each sister sets aside annually five or more consecutive days for retreat in order to give herself completely to prayer and to that union with God to which she is called. In silence and solitude...she listens to the Spirit speaking to her heart and responds in faith, accepting God’s action in her life” (Article 34). Sisters of Providence generally take this directive very seriously and are faithful to this yearly exercise. The pastoral concern I wish to address is the challenge presented in fulfilling this directive for the sister who resides either in Lourdes or Karcher Hall, health care facilities, at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Providence. In speaking of sisters in health care in the context of making an annual retreat, I am including only those sisters who are physically and mentally able to engage in the activities of a retreat tailored to their needs.