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…Read more
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…Read more
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,…Read more
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,…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
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