Colorful banners welcomed guests to the beatification ceremonies at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

Between July 1992 and October 1998, the canonization process for Mother Theodore progressed rapidly. On July 22, 1992, Pope John Paul II granted Mother Theodore the title “venerable” indicating that she lived a virtuous life to a heroic degree.

After this, all the medical documentation concerning the then-alleged cure of Sister Mary Theodosia Mug through the intercession of Mother Theodore was examined by three distinct groups in Rome: a board of medical consultants, a group of theologians and an appointed group of cardinals. All three entities unanimously approved the healing – the medical consultants on Nov. 20, 1996; the theologians on March 25, 1997; and the cardinals on June 3, 1997.

On July 7, 1997, Pope John Paul II accepted the healing of Sister Mary Theodosia Mug, through the intercession of Mother Theodore, as a miracle. During a beatification ceremony in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Oct. 25, 1998, Pope John Paul II granted the title “Blessed” to Mother Theodore, thus signifying that she is a holy woman worthy of honor and veneration.