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The Eighth American Saint

It is interesting to note that there is already a new book about Saint Theodora Guerin (is that what they are calling her now?). Here’s the information:

The Life of Saint Mother Theodore Guérin, Foundress of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana
Katherine Burton, Mary K. Doyle
ISBN: 0879463244
Book (Paperback)
272 pages

The story of Saint Mother Theodore Guérin is one that must be told. She offers as powerful a role model for today’s generation as she did for her contemporaries in the early 1800s.
Her example of holiness and leadership is timeless.
—From the Foreword

On October 15, 2006, the Roman Catholic Church will canonize Mother Theodore Guérin, making her only the eighth saint who lived and worked in the United States. In celebration of this momentous event, ACTA Publications offers The Eighth American Saint—a comprehensive and readable biography on this inspirational woman that will include a vivid, eye-witness account of the canonization ceremony.

Saint Mother Theodore Guérin left a legacy of service, piety and faith across two continents. In France she inspired hope while serving as superior to the schools in the town of Soulaines. But it was in the fledgling United States that her abilities shone, as she founded a new congregation of the Sisters of Providence and built schools, orphanages, and even a pharmacy. Her memory lives on through Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana—the United States’ oldest Catholic liberal arts college for women.

The Eighth American Saint was originally published in 1959 under the title Faith Is the Substance by Katherine Burton. Burton’s masterful biography recreates Mother Theodore’s struggles, failures and triumphs. The Foreword and Afterword by Mary K. Doyle bring Mother Theodore’s story full circle, providing a complete story of her life for a new generation of readers.

So, it’s not really “new“, but a welcome addition to the Church in Indiana Library. In case you are wondering, here are the other books about the Sisters of Providence:

Great American foundresses,
Author: Code, Joseph B. b. 1899.
Publication: Freeport, N.Y., Books for Libraries Press 1968, 1929

The history of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods;
Author: Mary Borromeo, Sister, 1879-
Publication: New York, Benziger Bros., 1949-

Faith is the substance;
the life of Mother Theodore Guerin, foundress of the
Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the Woods, Indiana.
Author: Burton, Katherine, b. 1890.
Publication: St. Louis, Herder 1959

Journals and letters of Mother Theodore Guèrin,
foundress of the sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana;
Author: Guérin, Theodore, 1798-1856.; Mug, Mary Theodosia,
Publication: Saint Mary-of-the Woods, Ind., Providence press 1937

Life and life-work of Mother Theodore Guerin :
foundress of the Sisters of Providence at St.-Mary-of-the-Woods, Vigo County, Indiana
Publication: New York : Benziger Brothers, 1904
Document: English : Book

History of the Sisters of Providence :
of Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana; volume II (1856-1894)
Author: Logan, Eugenia, S.P.
Publication: Terre Haute, Ind. : Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, 1978

Mother Theodore Guerin :
a woman for our time : foundress of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the Woods, Indiana
Author: Mitchell, Penny Blaker.
Publication: Saint Mary-of-the Woods, Ind. : Sisters of Providence, 1998


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