Personal artifacts that belonged to Blessed Mother Theodore Guerin, foundress of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, are on display in the Heritage Museum at Providence Center.
Mother Theodore will be canonized as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church Oct. 15 at the Vatican during a Eucharistic Liturgy celebration with Pope Benedict XVI presiding.
Sister Mary Ryan, the Congregation's archivist, says the display will be available indefinitely.
"We wanted to place items in the museum to enable people to know who Mother Theodore was. She was a common, ordinary person, living a common, ordinary life devoted to God. I feel a lot of those items suggest that," Sister Mary said. "It is very exciting to think that we still have items that belong to someone who lived more than 150 years ago. It makes you feel very close to her."
Mother Theodore's personal possessions are typical for her time.
"Some of the things are very common, ordinary things that Mother Theodore had, like her sabots (shoes) that she wore in the garden, the basket she would take to the market, her inkwell, little purses. These are things people used in their everyday life, not just 'holy' things," Sister Mary said. "There are some of these items too. We have her crucifix, her chaplet, the cross she wore around her neck."
Providence Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sundays.
Brunch is available at Providence Center each Sunday from 10:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Eucharistic Liturgy is offered daily at 11:30 a.m. and at 11 a.m. each Sunday in the Church of the Immaculate Conception.