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Saint of the Day: Mother Theodore Guerin

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Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

Feast Day: October 3

A Breton by birth, Anne-Therese Guerin was 25 when she entered the Sisters of Providence of Ruille-sur-Loir, France.

Blessed Mother Theodore Guerin is depicted in an image released by the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind. (CNS photo/courtesy of Sisters of Providence)

As Sister Theodore, she directed schools in Rennes and Soulaines, where she also studied pharmacy and medicine.

Despite poor health, she led five other nuns across the Atlantic to a new mission on the American Frontier. St. Mary-of-the-Woods Academy, which they began in Indiana, is now the oldest U.S. Catholic college for women.

Mother Theodore survived a harsh climate, a major fire and the hostility of the local bishop, also from France, to found the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods.

Canonized in 2006, she often advised others, “Put yourself gently into the hands of Providence.”

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