Stories about

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

Stories from the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Historic District

By Jason Moon | August 26, 2021 |

Here are some of the sites from the art exhibit “Stories from the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Historic District,” now on display at the Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute.  

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Journals and Letters week 46: God’s flowers

By Linda McMahon | August 21, 2021 |

Mother Theodore followed the death announcement with a telling of this young (aged 21) sister’s story. We learn that she lived her faith and her vocation in a most holy and virtuous way, and she approached her death with serenity.

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Journals and Letters week 45: Sorrows and shadows

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | August 14, 2021 |

“Indeed it is very difficult, and it requires an uncommon virtue, not to make others suffer when we suffer,” writes Saint Mother Theodore Guerin.

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Journals and Letters week 44: Full as an egg and a tribute to a friend

By Sister Ann Casper | August 7, 2021 |

I love her balanced approach and the fact that she is not threatened by the presence or success of others.

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Journals and Letters week 43: Jesuits and mothering and nieces

By Amy Miranda | July 31, 2021 |

And finally, what a sweet gift to Mother Theodore. Two of her nieces come to the United States to join the Congregation!

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An unbreakable promise

By Sister Janet Gilligan | July 26, 2021 |

True to her word, after her safe arrival at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Mother Theodore had a small log chapel built on a little hill in the forest east of the convent

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Journals and Letters week 42: Put yourself gently into the hands of Providence

By Amy Miranda | July 24, 2021 |

This week’s letters show the breadth of Mother Theodore as loving friend, sister and dedicated leader. She is a wonderful person for offering guidance, wisdom and truthfulness

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Mother Theodore offers support for living with mental illness

By Theresa Tighe | July 21, 2021 |

Some mornings Mother Theodore keeps me from my impulses by saying, “The way is not yet clear, grope along slowly. Be patient. Be trustful.”
Sometimes when I am overwhelmed, I read, “We are not called upon to do all the good possible, but only that which we can do.”
Some mornings, when I am struggling and could use a hug, I open to this, “No one will ever love you as your old Mother Theodore does.”

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Journals and Letters week 41: Oh, Maria and other friends

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | July 17, 2021 |

Although she felt affection, appreciation and friendship for each of the people she writes to this week, Mother Theodore is still able to be firm.

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Journals and Letters week 40: All will be well

By Sister Ann Casper | July 10, 2021 |

She is inviting Sister Maria to deal with the reality of her situation. To stay in the present moment (teaching music lessons) rather than fantasizing about what she might do.

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Journals and Letters week 39: The loving guidance of a mother

By Linda McMahon | July 3, 2021 |

In struggles we may be facing, we, too, may need someone to lovingly challenge us and guide us in realizing the effects our shortcomings have on us and on those with whom we live, work and worship.

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Journals and Letters week 38: Communicating with postulants and sisters

By Mary Riley | June 26, 2021 |

Mother Theodore had to wear many hats in her lifetime. Her letters throughout the book really exemplify the many roles she had to play.

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An unshakeable trust in God. It set Saint Mother Theodore Guerin apart and makes her a model for us in our daily living. Get to know our brave and inspiring foundress better through these stories.

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