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Saint Mother Théodore Guérin (1798–1856)

Saint Mother Théodore Guérin (1798–1856)

Patron saint of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana

Feast day: October 3




Saint Mother Théodore Guerin was born in Etables, France, in 1798. Her life changed forever when her father was murdered when she was 15, and she had to care for her mother and her younger sister. After several years, she joined the Sisters of Providence, taking the new name of Sister Saint Théodore. In 1840, she and her sisters were sent to teach and minister to the poor at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in Indiana. Sister Saint Théodore and her sisters persisted with their work despite many obstacles. Upon her death, she was buried in the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. She was canonized in 2006, and is the patron saint of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana. (Image in public domain-100)