Dec. 3, 1907: The remains of Mother Theodore Guerin are transferred from the Sisters of Providence Cemetery to the crypt in the Church of the Immaculate Conception at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind.

Oct. 30, 1908: The miracle healing of Sister of Providence Mary Theodosia Mug occurs after she prays at Mother Theodore’s tomb for the improved health of another Sister of Providence.

Sept. 8, 1909: Bishop Francis Silas Chatard, bishop of the (then) Diocese of Indianapolis, grants permission to open the Informative Process of the Cause for the Beatification and Canonization of Mother Theodore Guerin.

June 30, 1913: The Informative Process ends.

July 25, 1927: The Congregation for the Causes of Saints approves the writings of Mother Theodore.

September to November 1937: The process continues with study and interviews in the Diocese of St. Brieuc and the Diocese of Le Mans, sites in France where Mother Theodore lived and ministered.

Dec. 6, 1955: Cardinals at the Vatican vote to continue the Cause.

Feb. 19, 1956: Pope Pius XII approves and signs to continue the Cause. At the same time, the is formally introduced.

Nov. 5, 1956, to Oct. 20, 1958: Archbishop Paul C. Schulte of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis presides over the Apostolic Process and conducts meetings at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and in Indianapolis.

October 1978: Sister of Providence Joseph Eleanor Ryan arrives in Rome to compile the , a documented account of the life, work and writings of Mother Theodore.

May 12, 1988: Vatican historical consultants vote unanimously to approve the Positio. The approval affirms that the information in the Positio is sufficient to judge the sanctity of Mother Theodore.

Feb. 15, 1992: Vatican theologians approve the Positio.

July 22, 1992: By Papal Decree, Pope John Paul II grants Mother Theodore the title “” indicating that she lived a virtuous life to a heroic degree.

Nov. 20, 1996: Vatican medical consultants unanimously approve the healing of Sister Mary Theodosia Mug, through the intercession of Mother Theodore, as a miracle.

March 25, 1997: Vatican theologians unanimously approve the cure of Sister Mary Theodosia, through the intercession of Mother Theodore, as a miracle.

June 3, 1997: Cardinals unanimously approve the cure of Sister Mary Theodosia, through the intercession of Mother Theodore, as a miracle.

July 7, 1997: Pope John Paul II accepts the healing of Sister Mary Theodosia, through the intercession of Mother Theodore, as a miracle. The acceptance of the miracle clears the way for the of Mother Theodore.

Oct. 25, 1998: During a beatification ceremony in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Pope John Paul II grants the title Blessed to Mother Theodore, thus signifying that she is a holy woman worthy of honor and veneration.

Jan. 23 to April 7, 2003: Formal trial in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis to determine the validity of the claims of a second miracle attributed to Mother Theodore’s intercession.

June 9, 2005: Evidence of a miracle granted through Mother Theodore’s intercession is approved by a commission of medical examiners appointed by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome

Jan. 23 to April 7, 2005: Formal trial in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis to determine the validity of the claims of a miracle attributed to Mother Theodore’s intercession.

June 9, 2005: Evidence of a miracle granted through Mother Theodore’s intercession is approved by a commission of medical examiners appointed by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome.

Nov. 20, 2005: Evidence of a miracle granted through Mother Theodore’s intercession is approved by a commission of theologians appointed by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome.

Feb. 21, 2006: The Ordinary Congregation of Cardinals in Rome makes a positive declaration concerning a second miracle attributed to Mother Theodore’s intercession, opening the way to her canonization.

April 28, 2006: Pope Benedict XVI signs a decree acknowledging the second miracle attributed to Mother Theodore’s intercession. The Pope’s action serves as the final approval for canonization.

June 21, 2006: The Vatican announces the next Consistory, a meeting between the Pope and cardinals to consider important matters, is planned for July 1. It is expected that an announcement about Mother Theodore’s canonization will made at that time.

July 1, 2006: Pope Benedict XVI announces Mother Theodore Guerin will be canonized Oct. 15, 2006, during a ceremony at the Vatican.

July 21, 2006: Indiana Governor Mitch Daniel hangs a portrait of soon-to-be Saint Mother Theodore Guerin in the Governor’s Office during a ceremony in the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis.

Oct. 3, 2006: The remains of Mother Theodore Guerin are moved to an interim shrine adjacent to the sanctuary in the Church of the Immaculate Conception at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods to allow for greater public veneration

Oct. 10, 2006: A portion of U.S. Highway 150 adjacent to the Sisters of Providence motherhouse grounds is named Saint Mother Theodore Guerin Memorial Highway by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. Informational signs are placed along the roadway.

Oct. 15, 2006: Mother Theodore Guerin, foundress of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, is canonized as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church during a ceremony and Eucharistic Liturgy presided over by Pope Benedict XVI at The Vatican.

Jan. 23, 2007: Mother Theodore Guerin is awarded the Torchbearer Award by the Indiana Commission for Women. It is the highest honor for women in Indiana.

Nov. 3, 2007: Saint Mother Theodore Guerin is honored as a Hoosier Pioneer by The Society of Indiana Pioneers.

April 29, 2009: Saint Mother Theodore Guerin is honored by the Indiana Historical Bureau with a marker.

Placet Eugenio Apostolic Process of the Cause Positio Venerable Beatification

“It pleases Eugenio” or simply “I agree.” Pope Pius XII’s name was Eugene Pacelli. This is a statement of approval of a document.
This refers to the methodology set out in the official law of the Church regarding the steps to be taken before formally declaring someone a saint.
The Positio (which means statement) is a documented account of the life, work and writings of a holy person such as Mother Theodore. There are two statements related to Mother Theodore’s Cause — Positio Super Virtutibus (Statement on Heroic Virtues) and Positio Super Miraculo (Statement on the Miracle).
Venerable indicates that one is worthy of veneration and imitation.
Beatification is a process, guided by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints, that begins with an intense investigation of a deceased person’s life, writings and virtues and, except in the case of martyrs (A martyr is a person who decides to suffer and/or die rather than give up his or her faith or principles.), proof of one miracle worked by God through the intercession of the person. If the person meets all of the requirements, the pope gives the person the title “Blessed” and decrees (A decree is an official order issued by a pope and/or by an ecumenical council for the entire Roman Catholic Church.) that he or she may be honored or venerated.