Year-long festivities begin on October 22, 2014 with the celebration of the Eucharist honoring 175 years of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. Saint Mother Theodore, also known as Saint Theodora, and five other sisters arrived in the U.S. in 1840 with the mission to bring the Catholic faith to the children and adult women of the American Midwest. The religious community and St. Mary-of-the-Woods College continue today on that sight.
Saint Mother Theodore was a courageous and compassionate woman known even in her time as saintly. Her unfailing faith guided her through the hardships of the wilderness, prejudice against women and Catholics, and the challenges of building schools throughout Illinois and Indiana.
Seven Principles of Sainthood, which I wrote after attending Saint Mother Theodore’s canonization, shows how she prayed with the saints, trusted in Providence, spread the Word of the Lord, lead by serving, was just and kind, forgave like Jesus, and strove for humility. Historical references and personal examples are drawn from her letters and journals and archived materials. Every chapter of this readable and inspiring book includes supporting Scripture verses and ways in which we may follow in her footsteps.