The Eighth American Saint: The Life of Saint Mother Theodore Guérin, Foundress of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana
The biography of Saint Mother Theodore Guérin, written by Katherine Burton, is a dramatic, emotional, and inspiring story of one woman’s courageous and powerful efforts to follow God’s call. Mother Theodore was not a healthy woman, but she put her entire life and all her work’s in God’s hands. She trusted in God’s love to be in all things everywhere.
Mother Theodore served as a Sister of Providence in France and the United States. She prompted growth and a promise of hope to the French parishes. But it was in the untamed wilderness of the American Midwest that her ability, strength, and faith shone most brightly.
Mother Theodore and the Sisters of Providence established schools, orphanages, and free pharmacies in the area surrounding the little town of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. They also founded the Academy, now known as Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.
These accomplishments did not come without a struggle. Mother Theodore faced countless hardships and obstacles. Poverty, prejudice, and unreasonable superiors in addition to the challenges of nature created tremendous difficulties for her. But none of these obstacles prevented her from attaining her goals. She persevered and trusted in Providence to see her through any mission God revealed to her.
The Eighth American Saint is a gripping tale. Sometimes you will find it hard to remember that it is indeed nonfiction. Originally published in 1959 under the title, Faith is the Substance, Katherine Burton masterfully recreates Mother Theodore’s struggles and triumphs from her own diaries and letters and other writings by the congregation.
The Foreword and Afterword by Mary K. Doyle brings the picture full circle, detailing Saint Mother Theodore’s canonization and providing a complete story for this generation and those to come.
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