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Prayer service to take place at St. Mary-of-the-Woods

Thursday, October 1, 2009

WEST TERRE HAUTE -- The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods will conduct a prayer service at 4:30 p.m., today, in observance of the International Day of Non-Violence.

The service is open to the public and all faith traditions. It will be offered in St. Joseph Chapel in Owens Hall.

The day marks the observance of Mahatma Gandhi's birthday. Gandhi was the pre-eminent political and spiritual leader of India during the movement toward independence.

He was a pioneer of resistance to tyranny through mass civil disobedience, firmly founded upon total non-violence, which led India to independence and has inspired movements for civil rights and freedom around the world.

In addition, the Sisters of Providence will celebrate the feast day of foundress, Saint Mother Theodore Guerin with Eucharistic Liturgy at 11 a.m., Saturday, in the Church of the Immaculate Conception at SMWC.

The Liturgy is open to the public. People of all faith traditions are welcome.

A special advisory is in effect for parking and traveling on the grounds that day because Saint Mary-of-the-Woods is also hosting the annual Komen Race for the Cure Saturday morning. Visitors who wish to attend Liturgy are asked to use the north gate on United States 150 until 10 a.m.

Those who arrive after 10 a.m., are asked to use the mine lake road entrance, located between St. Mary's Road and the north entrance.

Security personnel will be present to direct traffic to the Owens Hall parking lot.

Vehicle traffic will not be allowed elsewhere on the grounds until Race for the Cure activities have ended.

All other entrances to the grounds will be closed at 10 a.m.

Saint Mother Theodore founded the Sisters of Providence in 1840. She was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI Oct. 15, 2006.

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