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People and Places logoAll are invited to join the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice and the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods for the center’s annual Christmas open house from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. The center is located at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, northwest of downtown Terre Haute. “Thousands of people have touched us throughout the year through visits, volunteer hours, donations and support. The open house gives us a chance to thank everyone for helping us fulfill our mission of teaching, caring and inspiring for all creation,” center director Lorrie Heber said. The open house will include time for fellowship, holiday beverages and homemade holiday cookies. In addition, Linden Leaf Gifts will be on hand selling alpaca fiber items such as socks, Nativities, hats and scarves. For directions or more information, call 812-535-2932 or email

After nearly 150 years of printing and marketing Christian books and gifts, Abbey Press — a work of Saint Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad, Ind. — will close two of its main divisions, Trade Marketing and Printing, in mid-2017. Remaining open will be the Publications division, which produces the popular CareNotes line of booklets, Elf-help and other books, and Deacon Digest magazine. The closings, which will be completed by June 30, 2017, will affect 71 full-time and part-time co-workers. Those affected will receive severance packages, and employment and counseling services to assist with the transition. Archabbot Kurt Stasiak, OSB, made the announcement on Dec. 1, explaining that the decision was a difficult one. “The Press has had a long, rich history of service and outreach to people of faith, and our co-workers are very proud of that. It’s heart-breaking to see so many lose their jobs, when they have tirelessly devoted their lives to this place and its mission,” he said. In recent years, Abbey Press has struggled to overcome the challenges of a competitive marketplace, including rising costs, changing technology and declining print and religious gift store markets.

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