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Mother Theodore Guerin’s canonization set for October 15

Mother Theodore came to the United States from France in 1840 to establish a Congregation of women religious in a dense forest adjacent to a remote community known a Saint Mary-of-the-Woods near Terre Haute. She was born Anne-Thérèse Guérin, Oct. 2, 1798, in the village of Etables in Brittany, France. She died at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in 1856. Her remains are entombed in the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the motherhouse.

Mother Guerin spent some time in Fort Wayne, and the Adoration Chapel at our parish is the Mother Theodore Guerin chapel.

Mother Theodore Guerin helped found the first Catholic school in Fort Wayne. In 1846, she led a group of nuns to Fort Wayne, where they started St. Augustine’s Academy for Girls. It was located at the corner of Calhoun Street and Jefferson Boulevard.

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Maureen O'Brien

posted July 3, 2006 at 10:05 am

In Illo Tempore pointed out that now has a public domain book up (in .pdf and other formats) about the life of Mother Guerin:

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posted July 3, 2006 at 10:08 am

This Guerin isn’t related to St. Therese the Little Flower by any slight chance?

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posted July 3, 2006 at 11:12 am

St. Therese’s mother’s maiden name was Guerin. But there is no family connection between Mother Guerin and Therese’s mother Zelie Guerin–except the further coincidence that Therese’s parents have been declared Venerables and a miracle cleared in Milan for their beatification.

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S krutz

posted July 3, 2006 at 8:29 pm

Would the Sisters of Providence want Mother Guerin as their leader today? Especially if her leadership resulted in more concern for the aborted not as much for eco-justice ? Would the sisters agree to follow Mother Guerin if she required return to the habit?
Could the Sisters serve quietly like Mother Guerin instead of “breaking boundaries and creating hope” (whatever that means?)

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