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Throwback Thursday: Remembering Sister Marie Kevin Tighe

Sister Marie Kevin Tighe played a significant role in the canonization of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin. During the process, she served as a the liaison between the Sisters of Providence and the Vatican.

Sister Marie Kevin – who passed away in 2014 – is the subject of this week’s Throwback Thursday. She was 89 years old when she passed and had been a Sister of Providence for 72 years.

Sister-Marie-Kevin-Tighe1Sister Marie Kevin was born Anna Therese in 1924, in New Albany. The first photo we have here is of then-Anna Therese at her eighth-grade graduation in 1938.

She attended Presentation Academy in Louisville but later transferred to Providence Juniorate at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She entered the Congregation in 1942.

After ministering as a teacher for several years, Sister Marie Kevin began a ministry as vice postulator/promoter of Mother Theodore’s Cause in 1996. And in 2006, she began a ministry as the director of the Saint Mother Theodore Guerin Shrine.

Also in 2006, Sister Marie Kevin traveled to Rome for the canonization of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin.

Sister-Marie-Kevin-Tighe2The second photo here is of Sister Marie Kevin reading the Declaration of Canonization, which had been signed “ego Benedictus,” which means “I am blessed.”

Sister Marie Kevin also produced a memoir entitled “Arch, Steeples and Dome.” ‪#‎throwbackthursday ‪#‎tbt

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  1. Janet Tosick on June 2, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    I enjoyed your memories of Sister Marie Kevin.
    I first met Sister Marie Kevin at Fatima Retreat House, in Indianapolis, when she gave a retreat praying the Beatitudes with Saint Mother Theodore. Sister had wonderful stories to tell, and we prayed with
    her for St. Mother Theodore’s intersession in our lives.
    I’m so glad Sister Marie Kevin was able to attend St. Mother Theodore’s
    sainthood in Rome. Sister worked hard for Mother, and I’m sure she is blessed today. Sister Marie Kevin was a lovely lady.
    God bless you for sharing her story,
    Janet Tosick

  2. Theresa Tighe on June 5, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Thanks for the piece on Sister Marie Kevin Tighe. She was my portal to St. Mother Theodore. I met Sister on the phone when I called looking for information on St.Mother Theodore. We had a rollicking conversation full of blarney and instant affection. I am a Tighe too. We decided we must be cousins. She sent me a copy of “A Woman for Our Time,” and made me promise to visit the shrine. The biography is dogeared now. I use it and St. Mother Theodore’s Journals and Letters daily for mediation and guidance. I made good on a visit to the shrine last October and continue to be connected through these blogs. Sister Marie Kevin Tighe was a delightful dynamo for Mother Guerin and Jesus.
    Theresa Tighe

  3. PAUL KNECHT on July 22, 2018 at 8:36 pm


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