TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — For the first time since March of 2020, the Sisters of Providence opened their doors and welcomed guests back to the church.
Sister Paula Damiano, Director of Providence Spirituality and Conference Center says they were waiting for more people to become vaccinated before the church would reopen.
“All of our lives as Sisters of Providence, we’ve interacted with people. Most of the sisters who retired and live here now have been teachers, they’ve been principles,” said sister Damiano. “They’ve worked in parishes. So the interaction with people is something that’s always been a part of our lives.”
Jaques and Carole Deliere have spent the last year watching service from home but for them nothing is better than being apart of an in-person service.
“At home we’re just watching the TV and the mass, it’s just the two of us,” said Carole Deliere. “With the sisters, with Father Dan, it’s a congregation that we feel very at ease with everybody and we’re very happy. Very, very happy to be back in church.
Although the past year away from their members has been tough, sister Domiano says the time away created more opportunity for self-reflection.
“What we hear from people is they love to come here because they find it a place of peace and healing,” sister Domiano. “I think that during this time people have had an opportunity to really look into themselves. To really find out what really is important.”
Domiano adds she was unsure of how many people would attend service on the first day back but they were pleased to see over a 100 people take part in today’s service.