Home » Blog » 9 things you may not know about Saint Mother Theodore

9 things you may not know about Saint Mother Theodore

pocketknife-800

Mother Theodore‘s pocket knife is on display in the Shrine of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

  • She owned a pocket knife.
  • She loved all creatures except snakes and mosquitoes.
  • She had a special fondness for birds.
  • On her voyage to America, via the ship, the Cincinnati, she counted the teeth of a porpoise caught with a harpoon.
  • She was locked in a closet by a bishop.
  • Because of sickness, after becoming a sister, she was never able to eat solid foods again. She survived on only soft foods and liquids the rest of her life.
  • Nobody would have guessed that she was a little villain — not bad, but mischievous and leading all the pranks of the children in the neighborhood.
  • Her father died when she was just 15 years old. Afterwards she assumed responsibility of taking care of her mother and younger sister for many years.
  • During her life, several different sisters had seen a heavenly light in her room and in her office on the first floor of Providence Convent.

Share this:

Paul Beel

Paul worked for the Sisters of Providence for 10 years, first as a Systems Analyst in the Information Technology department and as a photographer/digital media/web developer in the Missions Advancement office. He is a graduate of Indiana State University with a degree in electronics technology.

Subscribe to the blog

Sign up to receive notifications in your inbox when new content is posted on the Sisters of Providence blog. Emails will only be sent when there is new content.

Adopt an Alpaca

Adopt an Alpaca by Dec. 5 and receive a
special 4”x6” Christmas photo of Jean and Hua Mei as a Christmas gift from us.

Adopt today!

Hard times? Praying for your loved ones?

You are not alone. The Sisters of Providence will light a candle and pray for you and yours.

Request a prayer

5 Comments

  1. Sr. Carol Nolan on October 16, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Lovely, Paul! And of course she also loved dogs and cats, and had one of each.

    • Paul Beel on October 16, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      Thank you Sr. Carol!

  2. Michelle Davis on October 16, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Thank you Sr. Carol, my youngest had asked me if Mother Theodore had a cat or dog! :o)

  3. Dean Cole on October 19, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Very interesting,thanks for sharing human side of a beautiful saint.

    • Paul Beel on October 20, 2014 at 8:47 am

      You are welcome Dean, thank you for the comment.

Leave a Comment





This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.