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Women’s History Month: Mother Theodore leaves the ship

When Mother Theodore Guerin and her sister-companions arrived in New York Harbor on Sept. 4, 1840, they did not immediately disembark from the Cincinnati. The sisters remained on board until the next day when a small rowboat met them. Saint Mother Theodore writes about climbing down a rope ladder to the rowboat:

“I whispered to the Sisters, ‘Come, if we have to die, let us die, but say nothing!’ With these words I descended first, by the rope ladder, without experiencing the least uneasiness; the others followed, none showing fear except poor Sister Ligouri, who was pale and trembling as though she were sure of meeting her death in the waters.”

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Connie McCammon

Connie McCammon worked in the communications office for the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

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