Category Saint Theodora and Her Promise to God

Happy St Theodora/Mother Theodore Feast Day

Today is the feast day of Saint Theodora/Saint Mother Theodore Guérin. Known by both names, this incredible woman was a pioneer on the American frontier, evangelist, teacher, visionary, mentor, caregiver to the sick and poor, leader, and founder of the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods religious community and the college known as St. Mary-of-the-Woods. […]

Praying with Saints

“By baptism, all Christians are called to be saints. We are all to live our life in such a way that gives glory to God. Saints are people who are in heaven after living a life of charity and goodness. The Church recognizes some saints as such, but everyone’s life goal should be to strive […]

Behind Convent Walls

To most of my classmates at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic elementary school in Chicago, our teachers, the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, were quite mysterious. Except for their face and hands, the sisters remained hidden behind an outfit known as a habit and they all lived together in a special […]

Plastic Water

How much plastic do you want in your water? A recent study conducted by the State University of New York tested 259 plastic bottles of water from 11 popular brands including Aquafina, Dasani, Evian, Nestle Pure Life, and San Pellegrino. Results showed 93% of the bottles contained various levels of microplastics. Although not all bottles […]

Hungry in America

One of the first members of clergy Saint Theodora met upon arriving in Indiana in 1840 was a young priest, about the age of 28, who was dressed in rags. “So Extreme was his poverty and so complete his destitution, that I shall run the risk of being accused of exaggeration in describing it,” said […]

All for the Lord

Saint Theodora said that we don’t need to do anything special to become saints as long as we do everything for the love of the Lord. Pope Francis noted this in a similar way in his latest apostolic letter. Until recently, the causes for sainthood in the Catholic Church included: 1. martyrdom, 2. having lived […]

Life-Long Benefits of Education

Statistics consistently show a correlation between education and salary. The more education we can attain, the more likely our earnings increase. Numerous well-educated individuals are underemployed today, but there’s no denying that education enriches our resume and increases our appeal to potential employees. It widens the scope of opportunity and allows significantly more choices than […]

God Protects Us

“Providence” was one of St. Theodora/Mother Theodore Guerin’s favorite words. “Trust in Providence” and “Lean on Providence” were her mottos. What’s more, she was a Sister of Providence in France and then the founder of the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. She truly placed her life and those of her community in the […]

Become a Providence Associate

Joining a religious organization isn’t the life most of us can commit to. We don’t envision our lives as priests, brothers, or sisters. But many of us do want to connect with a religious community as a layperson, and many communities offer such an option. The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the Woods, Indiana is one […]

Presidential Prayer

Saint Theodora, also known as Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, arrived in the United States in 1842. The country’s political atmosphere rocked with issues of injustice. Women had little to no rights, Native Americans, Irish immigrants, and Catholics were prohibited from entering many establishments or applying for many jobs, and slavery of people from Africa and […]