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Mother Theodore: Who filled her shoes?

While Saint Mother Theodore Guerin began the journey of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, what do you know about the woman who carried on the mission?

Persons of all faith traditions are invited to join the Sisters of Providence for a look into the life of Mother Theodore’s successor, Mother Mary Cecilia Bailly, and how she was able to step into the shoes of Indiana’s first saint, during “Mother Theodore: Who Can Fill Her Shoes,” scheduled for 9:30 to 11 a.m., or 6:30 to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Providence Spirituality & Conference Center.

The workshop will be facilitated by Sister Jan Craven. She said the workshops will begin with the journey both Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and Mother Mary Cecilia Bailly took from France to the United States.

“We’ll go over the death of Mother Theodore Guerin, very briefly, and the days following,” Sister Jan said. “Then, we’ll attempt to give a very fast running commentary on Mother Mary Cecilia’s life as the first to fill the shoes.”

Sister Jan said she hopes to include information the general public may not be aware of during the two workshops.

“We have items from many sources,” Sister Jan said, “which will reveal some ‘inside information’ that the general public may not know. The transition was not as smooth as one might think.”

Cost is $10, and the registration deadline is Oct. 3.

Register online at Events.SistersofProvidence.org or by calling 812-535-2952 or emailing jfrost@spsmw.org.

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.

About Providence Spirituality & Conference Center

Providence Spirituality & Conference Center at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind., serves as a welcoming center for the Sisters of Providence motherhouse and offers outreach to the community through tours, facility rentals, spiritual programs and retreats, and Sunday Brunch. It exists to provide people of all faith traditions, diverse cultures and ages an invitation to gather, to learn, to meet and to share in a spirit of hope and healing. More information about Providence Spirituality & Conference may be found at ProvCenter.org.

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Jason Moon

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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