• 03 Oct 20

Oct 3 - “St. Mother Théodore Guérin” © artwork by Brenda Nippert. Happy Feast Day St. Mother Théodore!

Born in France near the end of the French Revolution, Anne Therese Guérin knew by the time she was ten that she wanted to be a nun. When she was old enough, she joined the Sisters of Providence of Ruille-sur-Loir. She took the name Sister Théodore. She became an award winning teacher, preparing her for the journey ahead. Sister Théodore was chosen to head a group to the United States. She and five other sisters sailed across the Atlantic, and traveled by steam boat, and then stage coach to the wilderness of Indiana. There they met a few more young women who wished to join them in the small village of Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods and a new order was born.

 

A school was opened and though success seemed unlikely in the desolate wilderness, Mother Guérin proved to be an inspired leader. She established school after school and by the time she died, the order had grown from six to over eighty sisters. Today, over three-hundred serve the order at the original mother house in Indiana with a hundred more ministering in nineteen states and Asia.