Mother Theodore Guerin

Blessed Mother Theodore Guerin is depicted in an image released by the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind. The French-born missionary, who established the Indiana order and several schools in the state in the mid-1800s, will be canonized Oct. 15 in Rome. (CNS photo/courtesy of Sisters of Providence) (Oct. 6, 2006)
Blessed Mother Theodore Guerin is depicted in an image released by the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind. The French-born missionary, who established the Indiana order and several schools in the state in the mid-1800s, will be canonized Oct. 15 in Rome. (CNS photo/courtesy of Sisters of Providence)

1798 – 1856

A Breton by birth, Anne-Therese Guerin was 25 when she entered the Sisters of Providence of Ruille-sur-Loir, France. As Sister Theodore, she directed schools in Rennes and Soulaines, where she also studied pharmacy and medicine. Despite poor health, she led five other nuns across the Atlantic to a new mission on the American Frontier. St. Mary-of-the-Woods Academy, which they began in Indiana, is now the oldest U.S. Catholic college for women. Mother Theodore survived a harsh climate, a major fire and the hostility of the local bishop, also from France, to found the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods. Canonized in 2006, she often advised others, “Put yourself gently into the hands of Providence.”

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