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Saint Mother Theodore Guerin Fest set for Oct.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

WEST TERRE HAUTE -- Registration is open for the second Saint Mother Theodore Guerin Fest, set for Oct. 21-23, at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

The theme for this year is "Living the Legacy Now!"

More than 200 visitors participated in the first Fest weekend in 2009.

The fest is open to persons of all faith traditions.

Participants will be able to learn more about Saint Mother Theodore by focusing on her life, spirituality, art, music, sustainability and more.

Fest offerings begin Friday, with registration and welcoming time. Sister Denise Wilkinson, general superior of the Sisters of Providence, will offer the opening prayer and keynote speech at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 22.

Break-out sessions are scheduled from 10-10:45 a.m., then beginning again at 2 p.m., and 3:30. Topics include The Healing Plants at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Providence; Saint Mother Theodore Guerin Speaks to Men; Saint Mother Theodore and Sister St. Francis Xavier Le Fer de la Motte; Power of Friendship; Labyrinthian Living: Saint Mother Theodore and Prayer; Art Reflecting Providence; bus tour of the grounds; and Meet the Alpacas.

Some topics will be offered more than once.

At 6:30 p.m., Saturday, the Vigo County Extension Homemaker Chorus will perform in concert in Cecilian Auditorium in the Conservatory of Music at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

Sunday's schedule includes morning prayer with a variety of songs, free time for touring the grounds and the closing Eucharistic Liturgy at 11 a.m.

An added element to Saturday's schedule is the annual Foundation Day Eucharistic Liturgy at 11 a.m. Saint Mother Theodore and her companions arrived at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Oct. 22, 1840.

Cost for participants is $50 per person, including all meals. Cost to attend the Saturday session only (two meals) is $25. Housing is not provided, but is available at Terre Haute area hotels.

Sunday brunch is available at an additional cost.

For additional information, or to register, contact Sister Jan Craven, coordinator of the Saint Mother Theodore Guerin Shrine, at 812-535-2925, or e-mail jcraven@spsmw.org, or log on to www.SistersofProvidence.org.

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