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Journals and Letters week 20: Drama with the bishop continues

By Sister Ann Casper | February 20, 2021 |

Just when we thought things were going well for Mother Theodore “Back Home in Indiana,” things turn sour again with the bishop. I cannot imagine living with that tense and volatile relationship day after day. It must have been disheartening to say the least!

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Journals and Letters week 19: Back home in Indiana

By Mary Riley | February 13, 2021 |

Mother Theodore finally arrives at her beloved Saint Mary-of-the-Woods after being separated for nearly a year.

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Journals and Letters week 18: New Orleans to Indiana

By Jeannie Smith | February 6, 2021 |

Her statement at that time is one we must take to heart still today: “These Americans, so proud of their liberty, thus make game of the liberty of others.” No slave markets today, no. Yet that legacy is still so evident in the systemic racism that tells a lie about “liberty and justice for all.”

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Journals and Letters week 17: Mother Theodore’s own words

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | January 30, 2021 |

Yet, no matter how frightening the weather or terrifying an incident, Mother Theodore could and did pray.

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Journals and Letters week 16: Welcome support

By Sister Ann Casper | January 23, 2021 |

Our present benefactors mirror these early supporters of our mission — a caring woman, a priest, two prominent businessmen — all in their own way enabling the mission and moving it forward by their talents and contributions.

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Journals and Letters week 15: Stuck in New Orleans

By Mary Riley | January 16, 2021 |

From her sickbed Mother Theodore still had to keep watch over what was going on back at the Woods. While she was away Bishop de la Hailandière had created havoc for the community, demanding that he be obeyed despite legitimate objections to his requests.

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Journals and Letters week 14: Mother Theodore the fundraiser

By Amy Miranda | January 9, 2021 |

Mother Theodore felt burnt out and ready to give up. Can’t we can all relate to having someone we care about urge us when we have lost hope?

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Journals and Letters week 12: Hardship and consolation

By Sister Ann Casper | December 26, 2020 |

The reading picks up after the fire at Saint Mary’s destroyed the barns and granary, other provisions and all the farm equipment.

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Journals and Letters week 11: Early letters part deux

By Mary Riley | December 19, 2020 |

Did you know that Saint Mother Theordore Guerin wrote over 5,000 letters in her lifetime?

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Journals and Letters week 10: First letters, bishop issues

By Amy Miranda | December 12, 2020 |

As she goes on, we get a feel for more of the distress coming the sisters’ way from the bishop. “So far there has been nothing but complaints about us,” she writes.

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Journals and Letters week 9: The Journey’s end

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | December 5, 2020 |

Mother Theodore entered a culture entirely unknown to her; so perhaps the mission succeeded and endures because of her willingness to act, observe, learn and adapt.

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Journals and Letters week 8: Indiana arrival

By Sister Ann Casper | November 28, 2020 |

I tend to forget that Mother Theodore came from a rather sophisticated France with great Cathedrals, actual roads, and thriving businesses, etc.

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Join us from October 2020 until October 2021 in reading and discussing a section of the “Journals and Letters” of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin each week. (You can find the book here and buy the digital download here.) All the entries thus far are at left. Join in reading with us at any time. We welcome you to join the discussion in the comments. Happy reading!

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Journals and Letters Reading Schedule

 

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