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Saint Theodora and Her Promise to God: The Story of Mother Theodore Guérin

On the day she received her First Holy Communion, Saint Theodora, (also known as Saint Mother Theodore Guérin), promised to do whatever God asked of her for the rest of her life, and that is exactly what she did.

She cared for her ill mother and little sister when she was a teenager, served the school children in France as a Sister of Providence, and journeyed across the Atlantic Ocean and half of the U.S. to found elementary schools, a school for the higher education of women, and the religious community, Sisters of Providence of St-Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. Saint Theodora accomplished this in spite of her own ill health, difficult and unsupportive superiors, prejudice, and financial and environmental challenges. She put her trust in the Lord and never faltered in believing that God helps us when following his call.

Saint Theodora and Her Promise to God is the story of this saint’s faith and works. Her inspiring story is fast-paced and exciting to read in this beautifully illustrated book.

2014 Award Winner, Catholic Press Association
"Historical, empowering, adventure-filled, travel themes, trust themes, prayer component, love plays a role, highlights active listening and action, good illustrations."

Recent Reviews

  • By Amazon Customer

    A Saint for All!

    Children are often asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” In Saint Theodora and Her Promise to God, author Mary Doyle introduces children to the life of Ann-Therese Guerin who trusted that God would “help her along and show her the way.” Young readers can journey with St. Theodora through her childhood in Etables, her entrance into religious life, her call to go to Indiana to establish a mission, the treacherous journey by ship and other transportation, and the arrival in the remote Indiana wilderness. Mother Theodore’s character and determination built schools, orphanages, and care for the poor and sick as she founded the Sisters of Providence. Accurately researched in history and appealing to children, Mary Doyle weaves into the story of Mother Theodore the theme to trust God and know that God is always with us throughout our lives. This 2014 Catholic Press Association award book is illustrated in simple water colors often shown from a unique perspective. Explanations of Catholic rituals, maps, glossary, bibliography, and contact information for the Sisters of Providence and the author’s blog encourage further exploration of Mother Theodore’s life. Highly recommended for schools, churches, and families who are searching for a role model for living a life dedicated to trust in God.

  • By Amazon Customer

    If God asks you to do something he will help you along the way.

    Saint Theodora and Her Promise to God chronicles the compelling life of St. Theodora filled with selfless service to others and a deep devotion to God. Doyle follows the lifelong spiritual journey of Saint Theodora, focusing on her seemingly simple yet profound belief that "If God asks you to do something he will help you along the way." Doyle successfully weaves this theme throughout her narrative as St. Theodora accepts many challenging tasks throughout her life, beginning with the task of caring for her ailing mother and younger sister for 10 years after her father dies, postponing her fervent wish to join a convent. Once able to join the convent of the Sisters of Providence in France, Saint Theodora devoted herself to the duties of teaching children, overseeing a large city school and studying with a doctor to learn how to care for the sick. These responsibilities prepared her to accept the daunting challenge of journeying to the frontier of the American wilderness in 1840 with five fellow sisters to start a new religious order,Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods in Indiana. Under St. Theodora's leadership and guidance a dedicated community of nuns thrived, building schools in Indiana and Illinois, opening orphanages and caring for the sick. The text is clear, direct, and well paced throughout the book as St. Theodora faces each new challenge.

    The watercolor and pencil cartoon like illustrations are gentle and bright. Included at the end is a very useful glossary of terms and a bibliography to direct readers to further information about the remarkable and faith-filled life of Saint Theodora.