I have a warm spot in my heart for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. I graduated from The Woods in 1994 with a degree in gerontology. (As my husband said at the time, "You'll be in the forefront of your field."--I was 48 at the time.) That being said I'd like to share with you some of the wonders of the Woods.
One of them is the Sisters of Providence White Violet Center for Eco-Justice. It's a non-profit education center focusing on oranic agriculture, spiritual ecology and social advocacy. It was founded in 1996 abay Sister of Providence Ann Sullivan.
The White Violet Farm Alpacas herd was started with six donated alpacas in 1998. All the fiber from theherd is processed and utilized. Staff members and volunteers spin, knit and weave handmade products and the center offers fiber workshops to teach these skills.
The Mari Hulman George School of Equine Studies
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is the only college in Indiana to offer a degree in equine studies. The Mari Hulman George School of Equine Studies offers a well-rounded education in equine study and business management. It's great to walk the campus and see these beautiful horses grazing, running and playing.
Oh, but it's just wonderful to walk the grounds of The Woods anytime!
I was finally working on organizing my photos and formulating the memory book from our trip to Ireland when I revisited this moment in the tour of Dublin. It wasn't scheduled but the tour guide stopped so we could visit this church and neighborhood.
I had learned about Saint John Henry Newman and his life through Bishop Robert Barron's Word On Fire series Pivotal Players. It was also exciting to be where he had preached and instructed. He had only just recently be canonized on October 13, 2019 and we were there on November 9, 2019.
Saint John Henry Newman was born in London, England. He was an influetial churchman and man of letters of the 19th caentury, who lead the Oxford movement in the Church of England and later became a cardinal deacon of the Roman Catholic Church.
This is the street where he lived.
The blue door was the entrance to his home.
The unobtrusive entrance to the Church of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom
also know as Newman University Church
The beatiful interior of this historic church
Where Saint John Henry Newman preached.
It's been a privilege for me to travel to many places and the best part of travels are those that are not planned. For those I am truly grateful!