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CNN to show documentary on Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

If you have traveled the world in search of truth, justice and the American way, or whatever else you might seek, you could be a difficult person to impress.

Jen Christensen travels the world for CNN. She works as a producer in the Special Investigation and Documentary Unit. And, she’s impressed by her visits to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Jen has led a team that has made three trips to the motherhouse for an upcoming documentary on “CNN Presents.” The documentary will explore the process of becoming a saint in the Roman Catholic Church and will tell the story of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin. It is scheduled to be televised Sunday, March 4, at 8 p.m., 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. (EST).

In addition to visiting Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, her crew traveled to Rome to meet with the postulator who worked with the Congregation, and to Florida to meet with the recipient of a miracle healing.

Here is some of what Jen had to say about her research and work at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods:

“This is Heaven on Earth. I’ve never been to such a beautiful place, not just the land, but the spirit here is unlike any place I’ve ever been. I’ve been very fortunate to travel the world and to see the best and the worst of humanity. But, this is singular. It makes me emotional. That’s how much I really love it here.

“I am struck by the determination that had to go into this cause. It’s clear to me that this woman was a saint without the Vatican’s blessing. I am so impressed with the dogged determination with the people here who want the rest of the world to know her story,” she said. “I think the sisters here have the secret to life, the secret to happiness. I think Mother Guerin set the tone for that in all of the right ways.”

So, tune in to “CNN Presents” on March 4 to see what the story says, then think about how Saint Mother Theodore might have impact on your life.

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  1. Avatar Anonymous on February 29, 2012 at 9:50 am

    This is absolutely wonderful. I look forward to viewing the program.

  2. Avatar GrandmaK on February 29, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I’m so excited. Looking forward to seeing it!!! Cathy Keller

  3. Avatar Anonymous on February 29, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    I am so looking forward to seeing this. My daughter is a ‘Woodsie’ and over the last 4 years I have experienced the beauty and serenity of St. Mary-of-the Woods College Campus and watched my daughter being touched by Providence.

  4. Avatar Sisters of Providence on March 1, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Thank you, everyone! The sisters are excited about the CNN coverage also. We’ll all be watching it together, wherever we are, on Sunday.

  5. Avatar MetroParks Amy on March 1, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I checked my local listings and can’t find it on CNN. Is this being aired everywhere on Sunday? Go, Mama Guerin, go!

  6. Avatar Sue Snyder Weiler on March 1, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Very excited for the world to see what Woodsies already know–this is a graced place unique and singular in the world!–a place many of us call “home” and remember with love.

  7. Avatar joshsmom on March 1, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    I am a proud Woodsie–Class of 1990–and I cannot WAIT for this special!! My life was changed forever as a student at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. I tear up every time I think that I was blessed enough to walk where a SAINT walked before me. My Beloved Woods!!!

  8. Avatar Anonymous on March 2, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Thanks CNN for sharing St. Mother Theodore Guerin and “The Woods” with the world. We “Old Girls” know what a special place it is. My class is returning for our 55th Reunion in May. Camille Grafe Rust

  9. Avatar Lauri Thompson on March 4, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    My family will be watching tonite. Our daughter is a student at SMWC right now and my mother, Glenda Hutchens, works there taking care of the Sisters. It is a wonderful, beautiful place!!

  10. Avatar patrick62 on March 4, 2012 at 9:14 pm


  11. Avatar An Old Friend on March 4, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Just finished watching the CNN Presents segment and the few shots of the “Woods” brought back many wonderful memories. My wife and I were married in the Church of the Immaculate Conception on the campus back in 1978. My mother’s family lived in the village and I spent many great summers there as a child roaming the grounds, including the old cow barn and apple orchards with cousins and friends. What a great place, truly a bit of heaven on earth!!

    For those interested, there is also a beautiful statue of Saint Mother Theodore located in the garden behind the National Shrine of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.

  12. Avatar Anonymous on March 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    We miss Foley Hall!

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