On July 25, 1927, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints submitted their recommendation to the Pope who approved the writings of Saint Mother Theodore. Ten years later, the process was continued with study and interviews in the Diocese of St. Briuec and the Diocese of Le Mans. These dioceses were places that Saint Mother Theodore had once lived and ministered.
Due to World War II, the process was halted until the cardinals at the Vatican voted to continue the Cause on Dec. 6, 1955.
The process continues
On Feb. 19, 1956, Pope Pius XII approved and signed the petition to continue the Cause of Mother Theodore. Additionally, the Apostolic Process of the Cause was formally introduced. (This refers to the methodology set out in the official law of the Church regarding the steps to be taken before formally declaring someone a saint.)
From November 1956 until October 1958, meetings occurred at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and Indianapolis. On Aug. 22, 1958, the court heard witnesses of the then-alleged miracle of Sister Mary Theodosia Mug that occurred Oct. 30, 1908.
In all, 28 witnesses provided testimony, including six ecclesiastics, 13 Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and nine laypeople. These meetings were presided over by Archbishop Paul C. Schulte of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
Positio compiled and approved
In October 1978, Sister Joseph Eleanor Ryan (RIP) went to Rome to compile the Positio. The Positio (which means statement) is a documented account of the life, work and writings of a holy person such as Mother Theodore. Ten years later, this documented account was approved by Vatican historical consultants. This approval affirmed that the information in the Positio was sufficient to judge the sanctity of Mother Theodore. On Feb. 15, 1992, Vatican theologians approved the Positio. There are two statements related to Mother Theodore’s Cause — Positio Super Virtutibus (Statement on Heroic Virtues) and Positio Super Miraculo (Statement on the Miracle).