The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century – Mother Theodore Guerin

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Cardinal Gibbons declared that Mother Theodore Guerin, first superior-general of the Sisters of Providence in the United States, was an athlete of virtue who by her life and teaching had made great conquests for Christ and His Church. Mother Guerin was sent to the United States from France in 1840 to establish a residence of her Order in the diocese of Vincennes, Indiana. She was a highly cultivated woman of extraordinary endowments. Still more admirable was her personal holiness, which was proved by many trials. Her great success in the many undertakings of her Congregation, particularly in the schools, is justly ascribed to the charm of her noble and virtuous character. She died on 14 May 1856. She was honored with a medal from the French Academy, but greater will be the honor to her name by its enrollment in the list of the Blessed.

MLA Citation

  • Father Constantine Kempf, SJ. “Mother Theodore Guerin”. The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century: Saintly Men and Women of Our Own Times, 1916. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 March 2018. Web. 27 October 2020. <>