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Mother Theodore Guerin: Journals & Letters

Mother Theodore Guerin: Journals & Letters
Mother Theodore Guerin: Journals & Letters
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The Journals and Letters of Mother Theodore Guerin, Foundress of the Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, takes us back more than one hundred years to an era of our history that is rapidly being forgotten in the excitement and the eventful happenings of the present day.  Through its graphic portrayal, the life of Religious in pioneer days (not only of Indiana but also of the Middle West) comes to life with clarity and vigor.

The narrative of the first voyage is told with keen observations and penetrating comment; the tale of the shipwreck in the second voyage proceeds with dramatic swiftness and intensity; the journey overland from New York through Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Frederick to Wheeling from which point the boat trip down the Ohio begins, has realistic touches which give it form and life; the privations the Sisters endured in founding a Congregation and a College in the wilderness; the courage of the Sisters under almost incredible misunderstanings; --all are told without any pleading for sympathy, but with a directness and a simplicity that are the best guarantee of truth.  The Journals and Letters will prove interesting reading from beginning to end. The book will, without doubt, be an historical document of great value to those studying American pioneer life and institutions.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781893789005
Publication Date: 
2015-11-15

Mother Theodore Guerin: A Woman for All Time

Mother Theodore Guerin: A Woman for All Time
$10.00

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, foundress of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind., is only the eighth person from North America to be canonized by the Catholic Church and the first Indiana saint. Mother Theodore's story is an important part of women's history, Indiana history and North American Catholic Church history. Details Mother Theodore's legacy of love, mercy and justice that is carried out by the Sisters of Providence today.

 

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, foundress of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind., is only the eighth person from North America to be canonized by the Catholic Church and the first Indiana saint. Mother Theodore's story is an important part of women's history, Indiana history and North American Catholic Church history. Details Mother Theodore's legacy of love, mercy and justice that is carried out by the Sisters of Providence today.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781893789128
Publication Date: 
2005-12-30

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin: Woman of Providence

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin: Woman of Providence
$22.99

A highly readable account of the life and legacy of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin who, with five companions, left France in 1840 to found the congregation of the Sisters of Providence in the United States.  Arriving in the wilderness of Indiana, she worked against major odds to establish the congregation and open schools.  Her first school continues today as Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.  This book gives the reader a picture of the life of pioneer women in the Unites States and a protrait of the strength, generosity, and dedication of one such woman, canonized in 2006 as the eighth American saint.  

ISBN/SKU: 
9781456736057
Publication Date: 
2011-09-01

The Eighth American Saint

The Eighth American Saint
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On October 15, 2006, the Roman Catholic Church canonized Mother Theodore Guérin, making her only the eighth saint who lived and worked in the United States. In celebration of this momentous event, ACTA Publications will publish The Eighth American Saint--a comprehensive and readable biography on this inspirational woman that will include a vivid, eye-witness account of the canonization ceremony.

Saint Mother Theodore Guérin left a legacy of service, piety and faith across two continents. In France she inspired hope while serving as superior to the schools in the town of Soulaines. But it was in the fledgling United States that her abilities shone, as she founded a new congregation of the Sisters of Providence and built schools, orphanages, and even a pharmacy. Her memory lives on through Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana--the United States' oldest Catholic liberal arts college for women.

Born in France in 1798, Anne-Th?r?se Guerin served with the Sisters of Providence for seventeen years before being asked to lead a small missionary band of Sisters of Providence to the United States in 1840. She established a motherhouse in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. She overcame great trials, including prejudice against Catholics and a devastating fire, while building a strong congregation. By the time of her death in 1856 she had opened schools in towns throughout Indiana. The Eighth American Saint is a reissue of the book Faith Is the Substance, but it includes a new Foreword and Afterword by Mary K. Doyle that include a discussion and description of the canonization ceremony taking place on October 15, 2006.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780879463243
Publication Date: 
2006-11-15
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Mother Theodore Guerin: Woman for All Time DVD

Mother Theodore Guerin: Woman for All Time DVD
$15.95

St. Mother Theodore's biography in beautiful visual detail. This DVD takes you on a journey from her birth to her canonization in 2006.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781893789135

Providence Prayers

Providence Prayers
$19.99

Pray with the Providence Associates and Saint Mother Theodore Guerin. Written by Diann Neu, who is a member of the Providence Associate program, this prayer book will help you connect with the beloved history of the Sisters of Providence. 

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PROVNEU

175 Years: 1840-2015; A Pictorial History of the Sisters of Providence and St. Mary of the Woods College of St. Mary of the Woods, IN

175 Years: 1840-2015; A Pictorial History of the Sisters of Providence and St. Mary of the Woods College of St. Mary of the Woods, IN
175 Years: 1840-2015; A Pictorial History of the Sisters of Providence and St. Mary of the Woods College of St. Mary of the Woods, IN
$24.99

Presented by the Tribune Star, this 96-page hardback is filled with beautiful photos of the Sisters of Providence and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods campus during all seasons. Size 8.75 x 11.25 x 0.5

ISBN/SKU: 
175BOOK

Saint Theodora and Her Promise to God Coloring Book

Saint Theodora and Her Promise to God Coloring Book
$5.00

The beautiful story of Mother Theodore's Promise to God is now available in a coloring book! All original illustrations are included for you to add your own color style! 30 pages, softcover. Story by Mary K. Doyle. Illustrations by Phil Velikan.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781940852027

History of the Sisters of Providence Vol 1

History of the Sisters of Providence Vol 1
$10.00

1806-1856
Excerpt from the Preface: "The work of the Sisters of Providence in the Indiana woodland forms part of several diverse movements in the world of their day, first in Europe in the great resurgence of Catholic thought and activity in post-Revolutionary France and also in the far-flung missionary labors of France across the globe. In America the Sisters fitted as an integral part into the great western pioneer movement of settlement, development, and education; and their labors tied up intimately in particular with the diocese of Vincennes, which was only six years old when they reached Indiana. They bore their part also in the great work of assimilating and educating the new immigrant population, so largely Catholic, and exerted a powerful influence in commending the much-maligned Catholic religion to their Protestant pupils and their parents. When the little group of frightened Frenchwomen crossed the Wabash on that memorable afternoon in late October, 1840, to undertake their works of zeal and education in the thick Vigo County woods, they brought to Indiana a permanent and beneficent force destined to grow and wax more and more potent for good in many diverse fields."

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HISTOFSPVOL1

History of the Sisters of Providence Vol 2

History of the Sisters of Providence Vol 2
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1856 - 1894
"This second volume of the history of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods covers the administrations of Mother Theodore's first four successors:  Mother Mary Cecilia Bailly, Mother Anastasie Brown, Mother Mary Ephrem Glenn, and Mother Euphrasie Hinkle--a period of over forty years.  The author, with candor and honesty, with true literary skill and clarity of expression, presents each administration with its joys and sorrows, its successes and sometimes insurmountable problems, all convincing the reader that Mother Theodore's successors had no clearcut path created for them either."




Author:
 Sister Eugenia Logan, S.P.
Publisher:  Sisters of Providence
Publication Year:  1978 

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HISTOFSPVOL2

History of the Sisters of Providence Vol 3: The Path Marked Out

History of the Sisters of Providence Vol 3: The Path Marked Out
$10.00

1890 - 1928
The pages of this volume span a period of approximately 40 years in the history of the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana--from 1890 when Mother Mary Cleophas Foley was elected General Superior for the first of her 6 terms of office, to 1928, the year of her death.  Prior to this time, however, 50 years of struggle, privation, and dedicated apostolic labor, in the fields of Christian education and basic health care, had prepared the ground for this later harvest of expansion and development.

Author:  Sister Mary Roger Madden, S.P.
Publisher:  Sisters of Providence
Year of Publication:  1991

 
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HISTOFSPVOL3

History of the Sisters of Providence Vol 4: New Lights from Old Truths - Signed by Author or Unsigned Copies

History of the Sisters of Providence Vol 4: New Lights from Old Truths - Signed by Author or Unsigned Copies
$19.99
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$17.00 - $19.99

1926 - 1966

Fourth in the series chronicling the history of the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, the volume covers the period of expansion between 1926 and 1966, a period when hundreds of thousands of children were the beneficiaries of the Catholic school system in the United States. Many will be able to identify with the educational setting described in these pages. At times the students and graduates may have wondered what life was like for the women in the front of the classroom. The photos, memoirs, diaries and correspondence that were drawn from to assemble this narrative will enable the reader to understand and appreciate religious life from the perspective of those who lived it during these years. The wider picture of how congregations of women religious function within the Catholic Church emerges through descriptions of dealings with officials in Rome and with bishops in the United States, as well as with the network of various Catholic organizations such as the National Catholic Education Association. In addition to the sisters themselves, the reader will meet the men and women whose generous contributions of time, money and contacts were essential to the success of the educational mission. Side by side with the administrative and organizational work of the superiors that provides the backbone of the narrative are stories of daily life.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780989739719
Publication Date: 
2013-11-25
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Saint Theodora and Her Promise to God

Saint Theodora and Her Promise to God
$16.99

Children are often asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” In Saint Theodora and Her Promise to God, author Mary Doyle introduces children to the life of Ann-Therese Guerin who trusted that God would “help her along and show her the way.” Young readers can journey with St. Theodora through her childhood in Etables, her entrance into religious life, her call to go to Indiana to establish a mission, the treacherous journey by ship and other transportation, and the arrival in the remote Indiana wilderness. Mother Theodore’s character and determination built schools, orphanages, and care for the poor and sick as she founded the Sisters of Providence. Accurately researched in history and appealing to children, Mary Doyle weaves into the story of Mother Theodore the theme to trust God and know that God is always with us throughout our lives. This 2014 Catholic Press Association award book is illustrated in simple water colors often shown from a unique perspective. Explanations of Catholic rituals, maps, glossary, bibliography, and contact information for the Sisters of Providence and the author’s blog encourage further exploration of Mother Theodore’s life. Highly recommended for schools, churches, and families searching who are searching for a role model for living a life dedicated to trust in God.

By Patty Wallace


Saint Theodora and Her Promise to God chronicles the compelling life of St. Theodora filled with selfless service to others and a deep devotion to God. Doyle follows the lifelong spiritual journey of Saint Theodora, focusing on her seemingly simple yet profound belief that "If God asks you to do something he will help you along the way." Doyle successfully weaves this theme throughout her narrative as St. Theodora accepts many challenging tasks throughout her life, beginning with the task of caring for her ailing mother and younger sister for 10 years after her father dies, postponing her fervent wish to join a convent. Once able to join the convent of the Sisters of Providence in France, Saint Theodora devoted herself to the duties of teaching children, overseeing a large city school and studying with a doctor to learn how to care for the sick. These responsibilities prepared her to accept the daunting challenge of journeying to the frontier of the American wilderness in 1840 with five fellow sisters to start a new religious order,Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods in Indiana. Under St. Theodora's leadership and guidance a dedicated community of nuns thrived, building schools in Indiana and Illinois, opening orphanages and caring for the sick.

The text is clear, direct, and well paced throughout the book as St. Theodora faces each new challenge. The watercolor and pencil cartoon like illustrations are gentle and bright. Included at the end is a very useful glossary of terms and a bibliography to direct readers to further information about the remarkable and faith-filled life of Saint Theodora.

By Sr. Mary Ryan S.P.


This book tells the story of how young Anne-Therese, born in 1798 in Etables, France, through her love of God and her joy in performing acts of goodness, grew up to become a nun and then later the Mother Superior who established an order of the Sisters of Providence in Indiana when it was still a frontier state.Told through simple yet interesting sentences and clear and colorful pen and watercolor cartoonlike illustrations, this picture book is a wonderful introduction to young children of what it means to live your life for God, doing God's work. It is a spiritual and also a historical and humorous tale as Sister Theodore, sad to leave her native country of France, travels bumpily yet devoutly by boat across the ocean then by stagecoach, train and flatbed to find a log cabin church in the woods and a school of only three children. By publishing this book, the present Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods have done a beautiful and important job honoring their predecessor, recently canonized a Saint by Pope Benedict. The book includes a Glossary and Pronunciation Guide and a Bibliography, as well as information about the present day Sisters of Providence.

By Martha Morgan


In 2006, Pope Benedict XVI canonized Mother Theodore a saint. Many books have been written for adults about the courageous journey of this young French nun to sainthood. but none for children. In this inspiring picture book biography, Mary K. Doyle tells her story so that children, ages 6-12 will know the childhood roots of her achievements, the obstacles she overcame and her legacy. Born in France in 1798, 10 year old Anne Therese Guerin promised to "d o whatever God asked of her" on the occassion of her First Holy Communion. True to this promise, she was a devoted daughter, nun, educator, and healer of the sick in France, and ultimately in the wilderness of Indiana and Illinois. Phil Velikan's colorful illustrations enhance the text by conveying the magnitude and emotional impact of her undertakings. This book belongs on library shelves and in religious Education classes. It would make a wonderful First Communion gift!

By Brenda Wettergreen

Some people know right from the start what they want to be when they grow up. It was that way for Saint Theodora. She was only ten years old when she promised God that she would do whatever God asked of her. She always believed that would be done best by becoming a religious sister. What she did not know was that her promise would take her to the American frontier where she and her fellow sisters founded a school for the higher learning of women and the Sisters of Providence religious community of Indiana, both of which continue to this day, as well as Catholic schools throughout Indiana and Illinois, an orphanage, and free pharmacies. Beautifully illustrated and fun to read, Saint Theodora and Her Promise to God, is an inspiring story of how one little girl followed God's call. Saint Theodora's legacy of faith changed the course of young pioneers in the wilderness of Indiana in the mid-1800s and continues to do so today.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780989739702
Publication Date: 
2013-10-27

Love Mercy Justice

Love Mercy Justice
$15.00

"These pages attempt to trace the historical movements which have influenced the lives of Sisters of Providence over the years and also to draw attention to some current movements that are challenging us to look for new ways to respond to the presence of the God of Providence in our midst."

Authors:  Sisters Ann Casper, Paula Damiano, Kathleen Desautels, Ruth Eileen Dwyer, Jeremy Gallet, Jeanne Knoerle, Bernice Kuper, Marie McCarthy, Rosemary Nudd, Barbara Sheehan, Alexa Suelzer, Ann Sullivan, Dawn Tomaszewski, Denise Wilkinson, and Mary Alice Zander. 

ISBN/SKU: 
9781940852041-1

Journey with a Saint: Tour Guide to the Shrine of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

Journey with a Saint: Tour Guide to the Shrine of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin
$1.00

The experience of Saint Mother Theodore's Shrine is absolutely memorable and inspiring. This booklet walks you through Mother Theodore's Shrine and summarizes her most profound teachings, beginning with her treacherous journey to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, and finally arriving at present day where her ministry and legacy continues to inspire. May it serve as a remembrance for those who have visited, and may it provide a welcoming embrace for those yet to arrive.

 

 

 

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Against All Odds

Against All Odds
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Color: Standard Mandarin

A history of the mission of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN to China, beginning in 1920, and continued in Taiwan.  Written by Sister Ann Colette Wolf

ISBN/SKU: 
9781893789036

Echoes of France: Returning to Our Roots

Echoes of France: Returning to Our Roots
$14.99

Enjoy the stunning vocal talents of the Madrigals! This CD celebrates the historic history of the learning institution located on the same property as the Sisters of Providence. 

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SMWMADRIGALS

The Third Miracle: An Ordinary Man, A Medical Mystery, and a Trail of Faith

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$14.99
Part detective story and part courtroom drama--with a touch of the supernatural--"The Third Miracle "exposes, for the first time ever, the secret rituals and investigations the Catholic""Church today undertakes in order to determine sainthood.
On a raw January 2001 morning at a Catholic convent deep in the Indiana woods, a Baptist handyman named Phil McCord made an urgent plea to God. He was by no means a religious man but he was""a "desperate" man. McCord's right eye was a furious shade of red and had pulsed for months in the wake of cataract surgery. He had one shot at recovery: a risky procedure that would replace part of his diseased eye with healthy tissue from a corpse. Dreading the grisly operation, McCord stopped into the convent's chapel and offered a prayer--a spontaneous and fumbling request of God: "Can""you help me get through this? "He merely hoped for inner peace, but when McCord awoke the next day, his eye was better--suddenly and shockingly better. Without surgery. Without medicine. And no doctor could explain it. Many would argue that Mother ThEodore GuErin, the long-deceased matriarchal founder of the convent, had "interceded" on McCord's behalf. Was the healing of Phil McCord's eye a miracle?
That was a question that the Catholic Church and the pope himself would ultimately decide. As part of an ancient and little-known process, top Catholic officials would convene a confidential tribunal to examine the handyman's healing, to verify whether his recovery defied the laws of nature. They would formally summon McCord, his doctors, coworkers, and family to a windowless basement room at the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. They would appoint two local priests to serve the roles of judge and prosecutor. And they would put this alleged miracle on trial, all in an effort to determine if Mother ThEodore, whose cause for beatification and canonization dated back to 1909, should be named the eighth American saint.
In "The Third Miracle," journalist Bill Briggs meticulously chronicles the Church investigation into this mysterious healing and offers a unique window into the ritualistic world of the secretive Catholic saint-making process--one of the very foundations on which the Church is built. With exclusive access to the case and its players, Briggs gives readers a front-row seat inside the closed-door drama as doctors are grilled about the supernatural, priests doggedly hunt for soft spots in the claim, and McCord comes to terms with the metaphorical "third miracle" his own reconciliation with the metaphysical. As the inquiry shifts from the American heartland to an awaiting jury at Vatican City in Rome, Briggs astutely probes our hunger for everyday miracles in an age of technology, the Catholic Church's surprisingly active saint-making operation, and the eternal clash of faith and science.

"From the Hardcover edition."

ISBN/SKU: 
9780767932714
Publication Date: 
2012-11-13
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