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Saint Mother Theodore Guerin feast day set for Oct. 3

Friday, September 30, 2011

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin
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., Monday, Oct. 3, in the Church of the Immaculate Conception at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

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 religiouswomen.

A dense forest near Terre Haute and primitive conditions greeted her and her five companions after a journey of more than three months.

From the humble origins, 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 in child care, working for justice, preserving the environment, adult literacy, health care for 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 can be arranged for those wishing to visit the grounds, or to pray at Saint Mother Theodore's shrine, by contacting Providence Center at 812-535-4531.

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