TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – After a 16-month hiatus, the Sisters of Providence hosted their Mother’s Day Sunday brunch.
Jo Ellen Gilbert always looks forward to celebrating Mother’s Day with her children and grand children. After not being able to go out for Mother’s Day last year she says she was happy to see the Sister’s of Providence brunch return.
“Last year was very difficult. Trying to make plans and how are we are going to do things,” said Gilbert. “It’s a lot better just to stay home and enjoy everybody. Here it’s nice too because the food is really good.”
The Sisters of Providence have hosted their Mother’s Day brunch for the last 15 to 20 years. Sister Paula Damiano says 750 people attended the event and were separated in three different sections to abide with the health department by safety protocols.
“Easter Sunday and Mother’s Day seem to be the most popular weekends for brunch, said Damiano. “It is so important to us because those two occasions are really times for family. Today we had a group with four generations of moms. So that type of thing is just wonderful.”
The group normally host brunch on a regular basis but due to COVID-19 this is the first time they’ve been able to have guests over the last years.
“It was really difficult. One of the things we did do however was we sponsor a lot of programs through this center and we were able to do them by Zoom,” said Sister Damiano. “So that was fine but to actually have people here in the building it brings a different kind of life and its wonderful.”
Sister Damiano says the church has not officially re-opened but they plan to do so on May 23rd.