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Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

Grandmother taught me how love always wins

Posted on February 21, 2017 at 4:09 am by

I thought it was a very innocent question when I asked my grandmother how she fell in love with my grandfather. She sat me down and said “first of all I will tell you about your great-grandfather. Continue reading

Being a Sister of Providence means …

Posted on January 27, 2017 at 5:03 am by

What do you know about the Sisters of Providence today? Ever wish you had a way to tell your friends and family about the SPs? Below is a link to a new Congregation video that features many sisters sharing our  Continue Reading »

Gathering in solidarity, respect and unity

Posted on January 19, 2017 at 12:07 pm by

The principle of solidarity, or recognizing our interdependence with all of creation, has been at the heart of Catholic social teaching for as long as it has existed.
The Women’s March and similar events seek to create spaces where all are welcomed to stand in solidarity with those on the margins of our society. The movement encourages participation by all people who feel marginalized and their allies. It’s a space for all to come together and build a movement to sustain our work for justice into the future. Continue reading

Frustration and love: unpublished Mother Theodore

Posted on December 26, 2016 at 4:51 am by

“Profit by the experience you have just had at your own expense and not speak to the children but with prudence and discretion. There is no way of repairing what you have done but by showing the pupils what you can do,” writes Saint Mother Theodore Guerin in this previously unpublished letter. Continue reading

Pouring out your heart in prayer

Posted on December 23, 2016 at 4:48 am by

Remember our friend Jonah from the Jewish scriptures? He poured out his heart in prayer, saying, “In my distress I called to my God, and God answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,  Continue Reading »

Immaculate Conception, patroness of our country, pray for us

Posted on December 7, 2016 at 4:38 am by

Maybe with prayer, we can listen to each other and together find a way to life, liberty from want, and the pursuit of happiness for all. Continue reading

Trust and work

Posted on November 30, 2016 at 4:18 am by

“God’s work gets done by people ready to take risks and to work hard.” Postulant Emily TeKolste reflects on the life of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin. Continue reading

Power, justice, charity and civil discourse

Posted on November 23, 2016 at 4:57 am by

We citizens and residents of the United States and the world seek to recover from a highly contentious election. We seek to restore the gaps of a highly divided society. Perhaps the experience of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and the early Sisters of Providence can provide some guidance in this effort. Continue reading

Lives of the Saints

Posted on October 31, 2016 at 5:30 am by

He encouraged me to live a life like that of my mother Continue reading

Called to perform: Sandra Hartlieb’s Mother Theodore

Posted on October 24, 2016 at 4:29 am by

“I was mad at Mother Theodore!” Sandra confesses. For years, Sandra had struggled with corneal degeneration. Prayers for Mother Theodore’s intervention seemed to fall on deaf ears.
“I wandered around the grounds complaining,” Sandra explains. “I ‘heard’ a voice saying, ‘Tell my story.’ Well, I said, ‘I am telling MY story!’ But the voice came again, and I realized it was HER! Telling me to tell HER story! I decided to do it.” Continue reading

Letter to Cardinal Elect Joseph Tobin

Posted on October 23, 2016 at 5:30 am by

We have found in you an advocate for Catholic higher education, as well as religious life Continue reading

Strength from being ordinary this Foundation Day

Posted on October 22, 2016 at 4:25 am by

What matters is what is in our hearts and souls. It’s the warmth, respect and love that we have for others — that same love and respect Saint Mother Theodore modeled to all with whom she came in contact. It was her ordinary, her natural response that came from deep within her heart. It was a response borne of deep prayer and of complete trust in her Provident God. Continue reading

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