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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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Journals and Letters week 7: Hardship on the Ohio

By Mary Riley | November 21, 2020 |

As they get closer to Indiana, Mother Theodore and her companions experience some lows and highs traveling down the Ohio River.

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Journals and Letters week 6: Traveling the United States

By Patricia Davis | November 14, 2020 |

Saint Mother Theodore’s detailed descriptions of her experiences become a way to meditate on and pray thanksgiving for creation.

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Journals and Letters week 5: The measure of the woman

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | November 7, 2020 |

Did the woman carry a yard stick? A surveyor’s measure? A folded up paper chart that converts leagues to miles, meters to inches or feet?

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Journals and Letters week 4: Arrival on U.S. soil

By Sister Ann Casper | October 31, 2020 |

And then, as often happens in our darkest hours, the smallest of kindnesses can lift the spirits.

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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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