WEST TERRE HAUTE -- The Sisters of Providence will celebrate the feast day of their foundress, Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, with Eucharistic Liturgy, at 11 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 3, in the Church of the Immaculate Conception at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.
At 10:30 a.m., prior to the Eucharistic Liturgy, a short blessing service will take place for two areas where Providence Pavers have been installed: The areas around the fountain and at the base of the Our Lady of the Campus statue.
Providence Pavers is a new program established by the Sisters of Providence whereby people may honor or memorialize a loved one. For more information, go to the Contribute section of the Congregation's website at www.sistersofprovidence.org.
The Eucharistic Liturgy is open to the public. People of all faith traditions are welcome.
A feast day in the Catholic faith tradition is a day set aside to commemorate the life of an individual or a specific event. The public is invited to visit Saint Mother Theodore's shrine before or after Liturgy.
Saint Mother Theodore founded the Sisters of Providence in 1840. She was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI Oct. 15, 2006.
Mother Theodore came to the United States from France in 1840, to establish a Congregation of women religious in a dense forest near Terre Haute. Primitive conditions greeted her and her five companions after a tumultuous journey of more than three months.
From that humble origin, a vibrant Congregation was given life that is sustained today through Mother Theodore's foresight, legacy and energy that continues to motivate the generations of sisters who have followed in her footsteps.
Mother Theodore was born Ann-Therese Guerin Oct. 2, 1798, in the village of Etables in Brittany, France. Her inspiration continues today with the current generation of Sisters of Providence.
Ministries today focus on maintaining a vital presence in educational opportunities, and also on child care, working for justice, preserving the environment, adult literacy, health care to the sick, assisting those in need, spiritual direction and a commitment to non-violence.
People throughout the world continue to contact the Congregation for information about its foundress. Pilgrimages and tours may be arranged for those who wish to visit the grounds, or to pray at Saint Mother Theodore's shrine, by contacting Providence Center at 812-535-4531.