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Throwback Thursday: Looking back on a Beatification


Sisters Thomasine Griffin (left) and Catherine Livers

More than 100 Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, attended Saint Mother Theodore Guerin’s Beatification in 1998. Here is a photo of Sisters Thomasine Griffin (left) and Catherine Livers, both now deceased.

On July 22, 1992, Pope John Paul II granted Saint Mother Theodore Guerin the title of “venerable,” indicating that she lived a virtuous life to a heroic degree.

After that, medical documentation regarding the cure of Sister Mary Theodosia Mug through the intercession of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin was examined by groups in Rome, including a board of medical consultants, a group of theologians and an appointed group of cardinals. All three groups unanimously approved the healing.

On July 7, 1997, Pope John Paul II accepted the healing as a miracle, and the Beatification ceremony took place in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Oct. 25, 1998, as Pope John Paul II granted the title of “Blessed,” to Mother Theodore.

Mother Theodore Guerin was declared a saint in St. Peter’s Square in Rome on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006.

Sister Catherine was a Sister of Providence for 76 years. She taught for nearly 30 years before becoming a spiritual advisor. She was also a well-known baker.

Sister Thomasine was a Sister of Providence for 68 years. She ministered as a teacher and also volunteered in the Providence Co-op. ‪#‎throwbackthursday ‪#‎tbt

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Jason Moon serves as media relations manager for the Sisters of Providence. Previously, he spent more than 16 years in the newspaper industry.

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1 Comment

  1. Beth Speer on May 26, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Sister Catherine had a sweet smile and she made wonderful candy!

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