Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

“What have we to do in order to be saints? Nothing extraordinary; nothing more than what we do every day. Only do it for [God’s] love…”

– Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

You might have more in common with a saint than you think. Meet Saint Mother Theodore Guerin. She’s a saint now, but during her life she was a real person who dealt with real problems. She didn’t want to take on the difficult mission of leaving France to start a congregation in the frontier of Indiana. However, her trust in Providence — the protective care of God — led her to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods where she accomplished amazing things.

We hope her story inspires and encourages you in your daily life.


“I say I lean on Providence but I also lean on Mother Theodore. She’s such a great support and inspiration.”

Sister Mary Montgomery

Sister Denise Wilkinson

“I believe Mother Theodore’s treasures were these: steadfast belief in Providence; an enduring and practical love of people ... and a sense of this place, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, as the deep well from which she drank in the presence, strength, and elaborate beauty of God.”

Sister Denise Wilkinson

Former general superior

About Saint Mother Theodore

Her story will show you what faith and courage can accomplish.

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The words of a saint

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin was a prolific and wise writer. Her letters, journals and collected quotes have been, and continue to be, inspirational to thousands of people.

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Quote of the day

July 21
“May God's holy will be done! This is what we must come back to under all circumstances, and this is what we must start out with - "Thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven!"”
– Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

Becoming a Saint

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Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

“What strength the soul draws from prayer! In the midst of a storm, how sweet is the calm it finds in the heart of Jesus.”

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

1798-1856, Foundress of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana

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