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Women’s History Month: Mother Theodore and mosquitoes

By Connie McCammon | March 17, 2010 |

In Cincinnati, Mother Theodore Guerin and her companion-sisters found a blood-thirsty mob. She humorously writes: “We were far from supposing that, in the midst of the city where we had been so well received, we were to find a multitude of enemies athirst for the blood of the French. Until then we had not fought unto the…

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Women’s History Month: Mother Theodore and steamboats

By Connie McCammon | March 16, 2010 |

As Mother Theodore Guerin and her sister-companions traveled down the Ohio River in a steamboat, they saw another America — a more rural area. While they saw much beauty on the river, they also saw the dangers of steam. Mother Theodore writes: “We passed the skeletons of several steamboats, foundered, burned, wrecked. The sight seemed to make…

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Women’s History Month: Mother Theodore and a stagecoach

By Connie McCammon | March 15, 2010 |

Mother Theodore Guerin and her sister-companions traveled by stagecoach over the Alleghanies. The trip was indeed a dangerous one. Mother Theodore writes: “The roadway at times inspired terror also. On one side vast, jutting rocks would overhang, upon which were giant trees apparently uprooted and ready to fall at any moment; on the other hand, frightful…

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Glimpses of Mother Theodore

By Christina Blust | March 15, 2010 |

It’s always a joy what you can find on the internet. This lovely photo of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin’s childhood home in Etables-sur-Mer, France, comes to us from Jean Michel Daoudal, a contact of ours of Flickr. See a slideshow of some more of his images here. Incidentally, check out the Sisters of Providence on Flickr. If…

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Women’s History Month: Mother Theodore and the Sisters of Charity

By Connie McCammon | March 12, 2010 |

When Mother Theodore Guerin and her sister-companions reached Frederick, Md., they were offered hospitality by the Sisters of Charity. This is what Mother Theodore shares about the Sisters of Charity and their educational ministry: “They teach the various sciences scarcely known in our French schools, but they excel in music, which is an indispensable thing in this…

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Women’s History Month: Mother Theodore in Baltimore

By Connie McCammon | March 11, 2010 |

Upon leaving Philadelphia, Mother Theodore Guerin and her sister-companions traveled to Baltimore. She writes about Baltimore: “Baltimore is not nearly so fine a city as Philadelphia. The streets are extremely wide and the city is very extensive. The people make you take endless walks telling you all the while, ‘It is quite near, just on the next…

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Women’s History Month: Mother Theodore in Philadelphia

By Connie McCammon | March 10, 2010 |

On their way to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind., Mother Theodore Guerin and her sister-companions spent some time in Philadelphia. She writes about her visit to one Catholic church in the city and her feelings about some of the American customs: “The pews are finer still than those in New York, and all have cushions upholstered in green…

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Women’s History Month: Mother Theodore leaves the ship

By Connie McCammon | March 9, 2010 |

When Mother Theodore Guerin and her sister-companions arrived in New York Harbor on Sept. 4, 1840, they did not immediately disembark from the Cincinnati. The sisters remained on board until the next day when a small rowboat met them. Saint Mother Theodore writes about climbing down a rope ladder to the rowboat: “I whispered to the Sisters, ‘Come,…

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Women’s history Month: spotting a whale

By Connie McCammon | March 8, 2010 |

In August of 1840 as Mother Theodore Guerin and her sister-companions traveled aboard the Cincinnati to the United States, a whale was spotted. Here is what Mother Theodore wrote about the experience: “Once quite a novel scene attracted us from our revery: a whale of enormous size appeared. It spouted columns of water to an amazing height,…

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Women’s History Month: Mother Theodore’s travels

By Connie McCammon | March 5, 2010 |

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin’s trip from Ruillé, France, to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods was an arduous one. Mother Theodore traveled by most of the “modern” forms of transportation at that time — ship, train, stagecoach, canal boat — and survived! In her journal, she wrote about traveling by stagecoach: “The coach jolted so terribly as to cause…

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Women’s History Month is here!

By Connie McCammon | March 4, 2010 |

March is Women’s History Month and what better way to celebrate than to remember the life and ministry of our own Saint Mother Theodore Guerin! Did you know that her father, Laurent, was an officer in the French Navy under Napoleon Bonaparte? Laurent was murdered when the young Anne-Thérèse (birth name of Mother Theodore) was 15 years…

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New statue of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin with children dedicated

By Rosie Blankenship | October 5, 2009 |

All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, Ill., commissioned a statue from Providence Associate Teresa Clark, who is also the artist of the official Saint Mother Theodore Guerin statue recently installed at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. (A really beautiful miniature version of the official statue is available through the Linden Leaf Gifts.) The All Saints Cemetery statue features…

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