Friends, family, alums, staff and other supporters of the Sisters of Providence have described Saint Mary-of-the-Woods as a peaceful, holy place. They have cherished relationships with the Congregation and our beautiful, sacred grounds in Indiana. Because of this, the Congregation has been asked periodically about the possibility of having loved ones buried at the Woods.
The leadership team of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods considered these requests and established a new outreach ministry, Providence Community Cemetery.
The cemetery ministry celebrates these significant relationships and honors loved ones connected to the community. Providence Associates, family members of sisters, former members of the Congregation, members of the nearby St. Mary’s Village Church, alumnae/i of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, other sponsored schools and schools where SPs taught, as well as other partners in mission may be considered for inclusion.
A columbarium wall has been erected and houses two columbaria, each with a series of niches on one side for the interment of the cremains of a loved one. The price for a single niche includes a portion placed in a restricted fund to be used by the Congregation for perpetual care of the columbaria and the cemetery.
Providence Community Cemetery also includes a beautiful, open-sided chapel in which to host memorial services, which along with the columbarium wall, is located adjacent to the Sisters of Providence Cemetery. Our hope is to provide a place of remembrance for families and to encourage families to return to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods to pay their respects.