Welcome to the Saint Theodora/Mother Theodore Blog

Welcome to the Saint Theodora/Saint Mother Theodore Guérin, blog. 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.

Although she died 155 years ago, St. Theodora continues to be a role model relevant to the world today. She faced many challenges including family tragedy, a chronic health disorder, financial instability, difficult superiors and subordinates and the strain of managing large schools in France and America as well as a budding religious community. Throughout it all, she put her trust in the Lord. Strong, wise, and courageous, she leaned on Providence, as she recommended her sisters and students to do, and in doing so, she found herself well-supported.

My intention with this blog site is to promote awareness of Saint Theodora and illustrate how her words and actions can inspire us today. Please check in often to read and comment. No doubt, Saint Theodora will answer many of the questions burning in your daily life and lead you to a deeper faith in our loving God.

©Mary K. Doyle

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7 Responses to Welcome to the Saint Theodora/Mother Theodore Blog

  1. Marla Shega says:

    Thank you for raising awareness of Saint Theodora. I would be interested in knowing more of her life story.

  2. Erin Cannella says:

    I look forward to learning more about Saint Theodora, this website is beautiful!

  3. mai-ling says:

    i look forward in reading your writings!

  4. Sally Thomas says:

    I read your book about Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and was very moved by her beautiful story! We can learn so very much from such a woman of faith. Faith is such an easy word to say but such a hard word to live!

    I look forward to visiting this wonderful website often and learning more from you and your readers!

  5. Kathy Michals says:

    I am so happy to be reading these beautiful words. I graduated from Mother Theodore Guerin High School in 1971. At the time it was an all girls school and I am so happy I chose that high school to attend. I gained alot of insight into a Catholic education where good values, respect, and a genuine spirit of Christianity were an everyday experience. After reading this blog, I can certainly understand where those wonderful principles came from — St. Theodora herself. I will enjoy all the readings and comments.

    • Thank you for your post, Kathy, and for your love of Mother Theodore and the Sisters of Providence. I had no idea we had this connection. And I graduated from Oak Park River Forest High School the year after you, so we must have grown up in the same area at the same time.

  6. Kathy Michals says:

    Mary, so sorry this reply is so late. Yes, we definitely do have a connection from our earlier life. I grew up around Belmont & Harlem Avenues in Chicago on Reindeer Lane. Actually at 3305 N. Nottingham which was in the area elaborately decorated for Christmas . Candy Cane Lane was on the 3200 block of N. Nottingham. School Street even had a living Nativity for many years. I have so many wonderful memories of my childhood growing up in a loving, friendly Christian neighborhood. I attended St. Priscilla from Kindergarten through 8th grade and I loved it! Although so many years ago , sometimes it still seems like yesterday as I recall moments of happiness experienced during that more innocent time!

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