Authors to sign books during shrine opening
Those who attend the official opening of the Shrine of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin on Saturday, Oct. 25, will also have the chance to have some books signed.
Mary K. Doyle, author of “Saint Theodora and her Promise to God,” along with the illustrator of the children’s book, Phil Velikan, will be signing copies of the book in the café area of Linden Leaf Gifts from 1 to 3 p.m.
In addition, Sister Maureen Abbott, author of “New Lights from Old Truths: Living the Signs of the Times,” the fourth history volume of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, will also be signing copies of her book.
Doyle’s book recently placed fourth in a contest conducted by the Catholic Press Association. A total of 12 books were nominated in the Children’s Book category of the Catholic Book Awards.
Doyle, a graduate of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, has written other religious books, including writing the foreword and afterword of “The Eighth American Saint,” by Katherine Burton, a book on Saint Mother Theodore, which was published in 2007.
Doyle has also written, “Seven Principles of Sainthood: Following St. Mother Theodore Guerin,” which was published in 2008, and also attended the canonization of Saint Mother Theodore in 2006.
Velikan, a Brownsburg native, was chosen by the Sisters of Providence and a committee to illustrate Doyle’s book, which is available for purchase at Linden Leaf Gifts.
“His illustrations … we loved them,” Sister Mary Ryan, Sisters of Providence archivist, said. “They are so child-friendly.”
“New Lights from Old Truths: Living the Signs of the Times,” was published in 2013. The book chronicles the history of expansion in the Congregation from 1926 to 1966, when thousands of children were educated through the Catholic school system in the United States.
The book is also available for purchase at Linden Leaf Gifts.
Sister Maureen is also the author of, “With Love Beyond All Telling,” which was based on the curriculum she developed for parish lay ministers for the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas.
Currently, Sister Maureen ministers at the Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Portland.
Tours of the new permanent shrine for Saint Mother Theodore Guerin will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 25, followed by a special prayer service near the Log Cabin Chapel, beginning at 4 p.m.
Linden Leaf Gifts will also offer extended hours on Saturday, Oct. 25. The shop will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
About the Sisters of Providence
The Sisters of Providence, a congregation of 214 women religious, with 300 Providence Associates, collaborate with others to create a more just and hope-filled world through prayer, education, service and advocacy. The Sisters of Providence have their motherhouse at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, located just northwest of downtown Terre Haute, Ind., which is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Saint Mother Theodore Guerin founded the Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in 1840. Today, Sisters of Providence minister in 13 states, the District of Columbia and Asia, through works of love, mercy and justice. More information about the Sisters of Providence and their ministries can be found at SistersofProvidence.org.