Category Saint Theodora and Her Promise to God

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 […]

Follow the One

Who are your role models? Who are your children’s? Movie stars, singers, politicians, and leaders of all types will let you down. Only Jesus offers us a pure model to follow. God incarnated in the human form of Jesus to show us the way. He is our rule book to heaven. We also are surrounded […]

In the Presence of a Saint

Relics are important avenues for prayer that are often misunderstood. These sacramentals are means to enhance our prayer life, bring us closer to the deceased saint, and ultimately, closer to God. Revering relics isn’t just a “Catholic thing.” We have references of relics and extraordinary results after coming near them noted in both the Hebrew […]

Our Saint Mother Theodore/Theodora

Ten years ago today, I stood in St Peter square for the canonization of our beloved Mother Theodore Guerin. Our party of 500, including Sisters of Providence and laity from St. Mary of the Woods College, joined tens of thousands of others to witness this momentous event. The pride and excitement that emanated from all of us […]

Freedom of Faith

Saint Theodora, also known as Mother Theodroe Guerin, grew up in a time and place that made it difficult to practice her faith. She was born on October 2, 1798 in the village of Etables-sur-Mer in Brittany, France, a pivotal point in French history as the Revolution of 1789-1799 was finally coming to an end. […]

With a Capital “I”

We are an “I” centered society. Unlike other languages, such as Spanish (yo) and German (ich), the English personal pronoun “I” is capitalized. Perhaps such focus on ourselves in writing is reflective of the attention we place on our own wants and needs. We think we’re all rock stars and deserving of undue attention. How we […]

Where There is Hatred Let Me Sow Your Love

Tragedy and terror surrounds our children. Not a day passes that the news isn’t filled with horrific scenes on the media. How do we protect and prepare our children for the world they are growing into? The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology recommends helping children find ways of expressing their fears such as with […]

Serving Others as She Led

“First and foremost, Mother Theodore was a religious woman. In her humble way she sought to follow God’s will rather than her own. As a servant leader, she rolled up her sleeves and physically participated in her missions. She taught in the classroom, cared for the field animals, tended the crops in the garden, coordinated […]