WEST TERRE HAUTE -- A lifesize statue of Saint Mother Theordore Guerin, foundress of the Sisters of Providence, will be dedicated at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, at St. Mary-of-the-Woods.
The statue has been placed near the entrance of the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the end of the main drive just east of the fountain. A new walkway with lighting and landscaping leads to the statue site and benches and a plaque will soon be added.
The bronze likeness of Saint Mother Theodore is a replica of the statue designed by artist Teresa Clark, Terre Haute, and carved by Nicholas Fairplay of Ohio, for the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. It is also used for smaller versions that are available at The Gift Shop at Providence Center at the college.
The new statue, which shows Saint Mother Theodore in a walking-like motion, was funded by the late Larry Fleschner, a local attorney and business owner, who died from cancer Sept. 30, 2007. He attended the canonization of Saint Mother Theodore in Rome Oct. 15, 2006.
The outdoor shrine where the new statue stands is available for public viewing, prayer and meditation.
The statue dedication will be followed by Eucharistic Liturgy at 11 a.m., in the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Mass is open to the public. Brunch at Providence Center will be available from 10:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.