WEST TERRE HAUTE -- Plans have been finalized and registration is still open for the inaugural Saint Mother Theodore Guerin Fest Oct. 23-25, at St. Mary-of-the-Woods.
The festival has been created around the legacy of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, foundress of the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, who was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in Rome in 2006.
She is the first person in Indiana to receive the Catholic Church's highest honor and only the eighth person who lived in the United States to be declared a saint.
Mother Theodore welcomed people of all faith traditions during her years at St. Mary-of-the-Woods and the festival is built around that spirit of inclusion.
The weekend includes a candlelight procession of song and prayer and is for all ages.
Contemporary Christian music artist Nick Cardinino, who has recorded three CDs and wrote the theme song for the 2007 National Catholic Youth Conference, will perform in concert Saturday, Oct. 24.
The event opens with a procession, prayer, and sing-along and a bonfire Friday, Oct. 23.
Concurrent educational, prayer and discussion opportunities are planned throughout Saturday, Oct. 24, with sessions beginning at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 2 p.m. A total of at least 21 presenters have agreed to participate.
The schedule for Sunday, Oct. 25, offers time for prayer, attending Eucharistic Liturgy in the Church of the Immaculate Conception and a closing General Assembly.
Breakout sessions include learning how to pray at the labyrinth, tracing the steps of Mother Theodore, art reflections, meeting the sculptor of the Saint Mother Theodore statue, sustainability, discussion of personal vocations, service opportunities, journaling, learning about art icons and hiking.
"First, we want people of all faiths to know that they are welcome here. There will be something for everyone," Sister Barbara Doherty, coordinator of the Office for the Shrine of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and festival organizer, said. "We want people to leave here with their faith strengthened and their spirit energized. This will be a time of peace, of sharing one another's gifts, and a wonderful opportunity for prayer and meditation, as well as personal motivation."
Cost to attend the event is only $25, including the Saturday concert. Meals are not included, but will be available for a nominal fee.
To register, or to obtain additional information, call Sister Barbara Doherty at 812-535-2925 or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.