September 13, 2019

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods to host ‘Morning with Mary’ on Oct. 5

Criterion staff report

In October, the Catholic Church honors Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary. To celebrate Mary and the powerful gift of rosary, the archdiocese will host its fourth “Morning with Mary” event on Oct. 5.

All are invited to the bilingual gathering, where Archbishop Charles C. Thompson will preach, lead participants in prayer and share about the role of Mary in his life. The event will also include intercessory prayer, a rosary and Marian hymns.

The celebration is held in a different location in central and southern Indiana each year to make it available to as many members of the archdiocese as possible. This year it will be held just west of Terre Haute at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Providence, 1 Sisters of Providence Way, Saint Mary-of-the‑Woods, in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, from 9 a.m.‑noon.

“In his final moments on the cross, Jesus told his beloved disciple John, ‘Behold your mother.’ And to Mary he said, ‘Behold your son,’ ” says Ken Ogorek, director of the archdiocesan Office of Catechesis.

He says the Morning with Mary event will “explore what these words mean— why should I have a relationship with Mary? How do I have a relationship with Mary, and how does that fit in with loving Jesus? What’s the rosary all about?”

All are welcome to take in the lovely grounds of the Sisters of Providence and the shrine to their foundress, St. Theodora Guérin, during the afternoon.

Goodwill offerings will be accepted at this free event, but registration is requested for planning purposes. To register, go to

Those wishing to take a motor coach to the event from the Archbishop Edward T. O’Meara Catholic Center, 1400 N. Meridian St., in Indianapolis, for $40—including lunch at Grand Traverse Pie Co.—may do so by registering online at

To register by phone or for more information, call 800-382-9823, ext. 1550, or 317-236-1550. The deadline is Sept. 26.

If you are unable to attend the Morning with Mary event, please join the archdiocese in solidarity by praying a rosary on Oct. 5 between 9 a.m. and noon. †

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