On July 12, 1840, Sister St. Theodore and five other Sisters of Providence of Ruillé — Sister St. Vincent Ferrer Gagé, Sister Basilide Sénéschal, Sister Olympiade Boyer, Sister Mary Xavier Lerée and Sister Mary Liguori Tiercin — left France for a journey to the unknown. Sister St. Theodore wrote in her journal about this momentous day:
“The moment of separation and of death had come at last. We had to leave all. After having made the most painful sacrifices, which had cost our hearts so much, we had to break the last ties by tearing ourselves away from our dear ‘Providence’ of Ruillé that home so tenderly loved by all the Sisters of Providence.”
The six women religious left Le Havre, France, along the Normandy coast, July 27 on the Cincinnati, bound for the United States and a Providence journey.