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First Journal of Travel (by Saint Mother Theodore Guerin)

Note: This is a prayer, written by Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, we are praying for General Superior Sister Dawn Tomaszewski and Vicar Sister Jeanne Hagelskamp as they travel to Ruille sur Loir to attend the General Chapter of the Sisters of Providence from Ruille sur Loir. We ask that all Sisters of Providence and Providence Associates pray for both Sister Dawn and Sister Jeanne for save travels during this historic journey.

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

Voyage to America

The moment of separation and of death had come at last. We had to leave all. After having made the most painful sacrifices, which had cost our hearts so much, we had to break the last ties by tearing ourselves away from our dear “Providence” of Ruille, that home so tenderly loved by all the Sisters of Providence.

On the Sea

It would be difficult to describe what passed in my soul when I felt the vessel beginning to move and I realized that I was no longer in France. It seemed as if my soul were being torn from my body. Finally, we left the harbor.

We watched the sails being unfurled one after the other; we saw them swelled by the wing, hurrying us away from our beloved France…Sad, and leaning against the cordage, I was contemplating the shore of my country, which was flying away with inconceivable rapidity and becoming smaller and smaller at every moment…We again offered up to Heaven the sacrifice of all that we loved, and thought of those who were weeping for us.

O my dear friends! O my Country! How much it costs to give you up!



Holy Origin, Creator God,

In 1840, France sent us a woman who was determined to serve the underserved and to build a community of religious women who lived according to the Gospel message of love, mercy, and justice.
Today, as we send our sisters, Dawn and Jeanne, from America to reunite with our roots in France, we ask that wherever they go, whether it be to a meeting, a sacred structure, a meal, the ocean, a walking trail, or even a tourist spot, that all those who greet them may recognize in them the same abundant love, thirst for justice, and bold leadership of Mother Theodore Guerin.

May their presence in France, inclusion in the Chapter of 2024, and their interactions with others from around the world strengthen our sisterly bond, transform our communities, assist those whom we serve, and honor Your Divine Providence for years to come.

Keep our beloved travelers in your abundant care always. Amen.

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The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, are a congregation of Roman Catholic women religious (sisters) who minister throughout the United States and Taiwan. Saint Mother Theodore Guerin founded the Sisters of Providence in 1840. The congregation has a mission of being God's Providence in the world by committing to performing works of love, mercy and justice in service among God's people.

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