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Leaning on Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

I love so many things about our Mother Theodore. I love how she always kept her focus on being an instrument of God’s Providence. Throughout her life she did not let hardships or difficulties distract from her mission.

She had a wonderful wisdom which she did not hesitate to share. Her letters were gifts to her sisters and have been a blessing to the community through the years. 

When I have had difficulties in my life, Mother Theodore’s words were of enormous help. During one particularly painful period I found these words of hers drifting through my heart and soul: “Lean with all your weight on Providence, my dear daughters, and you will find yourselves well supported.” Mother Theodore’s faith and confidence in God’s love reached me at a time when I really needed help. I had felt so alone and adrift, sure that I could not be supported — not with all my weight.

Her words still remain in my heart, reminding me of God’s love. 

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Sister Mary Ann DeFazio

After graduating from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Sister Mary Ann entered the Sisters of Providence in 1971. She has ministered in education her whole life, primarily in schools and parishes in the Chicago area. Sister Mary Ann currently ministers as the pastoral associate for faith formation at St. Christopher Church in Indianapolis. She loves this opportunity to work with people of all ages in a wonderful parish setting.

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3 Comments

  1. Debbie Griffey on October 12, 2022 at 6:37 am

    I think often of that very quote. Thank you so much for the reminder.

  2. Peg Benson on October 12, 2022 at 7:02 am

    Sister Mary Ann, your simple testament illuminated by your sweet smile is a reminder to me as well, that I don’t have to take today’s journey alone. No, I have our Mother Theodore walking with me, carrying some of the weight of my difficulties. I feel blessed.

  3. Denise on October 18, 2022 at 3:23 pm

    Mary Ann, you put new life into a very familiar saying of our Mother Theodore. Thank you.

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