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Sisters of Providence founder to be honored with historical marker

Sunday, April 26, 2009

TERRE HAUTE -- Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, founder of the Sisters of Providence, will be honored during a public dedication ceremony of an Indiana historical marker Wednesday at St. Mary-of-the-Woods.

The dedication ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m., near the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto.

The location is also near where Saint Mother Theodore Guerin is believed to have arrived with five companions from France in 1840.

The dedication is open to the public and a reception with light refreshments will follow.

The bronze plaque commemorates the life of Saint Mother Theodore, also known as Saint Theodora, and her contributions to the historical foundation of Catholic education in Indiana and other states.

State historical markers recognize individuals, organizations, places and events in Indiana history.

Markers help communities throughout the state promote, preserve and present their history for the education and enjoyment of residents and tourists of all ages.

For more than 90 years, the Indiana Historical Bureau, an agency of the state of Indiana, has been marking Indiana history.

Since 1947, the marker format has been the large roadside marker, which has the familiar dark blue background with gold lettering and the outline of the state of Indiana at the top.

There are approximately 500 of these markers across the state.

The inscription honoring Saint Mother Theodore read, "Born Ann-Therese Guerin in 1798 in France. In 1823, she entered the Catholic congregation Sisters of Providence in Ruille; received the name of Sister St. Theodore. Noted for her teaching, she led a mission from France to establish schools and orphanages in the Indiana wilderness; arrived here fall 1840 and established the Sisters of Providence in U.S. Guerin opened a female academy in July 1841, the predecessor of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Initially, she and the sisters endured anti-Catholic sentiments and harsh frontier conditions. At her death in 1856, she had directed the opening of 11 schools in 9 Indiana towns. Pope Benedict XVI canonized her in 2006, naming her Saint Theodore Guerin."

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