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25, 1996 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 Ii nts Amon Us er Theodore Guerin may become Indiana's first saint By MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Every year, on All Saints' Day, Ung students in Catholic across the Diocese of vansville dress up in costumes patron saints. saints' names, Michael, l, stretch all biblical days and Other names, like William and Catherine, the history :h and come these young stu- Would be interested to of a Woman named Anne- Guerin, who lived right m Indiana only 150 years who is now called "Ven- She is now known as Mother D'O'W'N.T.O.W.N MAIN ST., VINCENNES, IN 47591 Theodore Guerin, the foundress of the Sisters of Providence at St. Mary-of-the-Woods, and she may become Indiana's first saint. In August of 1992, Pope John Paul II signed the Decree on the Heroic Virtues of Mother Theodore Guerin, bestowing upon her the title of'Venerable." She is the first person from Indiana to be so rec- ognized by the Catholic Church. The canonization process began in the early 1900s, accord- ing to Penny Mitchell, media relations manager at St. Mary- of-the-Woods. In 1908, Bishop Silas Chatard, bishop of Indianapolis, began examining documents, and in 1909, he gave permission to start the process. Rome accepted the cause in 1914. "It takes a long time," explained Mitchell, adding, 'The two world wars delayed it. Com- munication was completely cut off. Everything was so disrupt- ed." Although Mother Guerin spent her last years in Indiana, she began life in 1798 as Anne- Therese Guerin of Brittany, France. In 1823, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence in Ruille, a religious order dedicated to education and to the care of the sick poor. She was given the name Sister St. Theodore. She soon began working in a school in an impoverished and crime-stricken area of Rennes. By the time she left Rennes, she had built a reputation for her positive affect on both her stu- dents and their parents. She spent six years in Souilaines, visiting the sick, studying medicine and pharma- cy, and teaching. In recognition of her work, she was awarded a medallion decoration for excel- lence as a educator by the Uni- versitd de France. In 1839, Bishop Simon Brutd requested a sister to establish a school in his diocese. Her moth- er general replied, "We have only one Sister capable of mak- ing the foundation," and Sister Guerin was sent to America. It took an ocean crossing, overland passage by railroad, stage coach, then river boat and finally wagon, before she arrived at her destination in Indiana. In her first letter home, she wrote: "What was our astonish- St. Peter Celestine Church SHOOTING MATCH SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27 At Colestine Community Club 9 miles east of Jasper just off State Highway 164, near Patoka Lake Q°Qleeeeoeooeeeoeaooeoooeoooeeeoeeeeoeeeeeeeeeooooeeeeoeeeoeeoeoeeee.e ., 12-gauge Ham Shoot starts at 10:30 am €IQse,,-, onoot for a Full Beef, Beef Quarters, and Pork Halves Ist choice 2nd choice Full-dressed Beef One-half dressed Beef Other choices Beef quarters and six half Hogs plus numerous other prizes e°°eoQectecDoooeeooooeeeeooeeeeeoeeeeoeeooeeeeeoooeeeoeoeeeeeoeeoeeeeoo Fried Chicken, Sausage, or Hamburger Dinners Served from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm IQ'leeeoooeeeoooeQeeoeeeoeeeeoeeooeooooeeooeeeeoeooeeeoooooeeeeoeeeeoo Your Favorite Games = 22 Beautiful Quilts For YOur convenience, last Mass at 10:00 am local time (EST) We did not change time Cause continues for Blessed: Katharine Drexel Sister of the Blessed Sacrament Katharine Drexel was pro- nouced Blessed by Pope John Paul II in November of 1988. In 1891, she founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, an order which serves the poor among African-Americans and Native Americans. Today, the cause continues to have her named a saint of the Church. Sister Jane Nesmith, pastoral life coordinator at St. John Church, Evansville, is a member of the order founded by Katharine Drexel. ment to find ourselves still in the midst of the forest, no village, not even a house in sight. Our guide having given orders to the driver, led us down into a ravine, whence we beheld through the trees on the other side a frame house with a stable and some sheds... It is astonishing that this remote solitude has been chosen for a novitiate and espe- cially for an academy. All appear- ances are against it." During her first Hoosier win- ter, she and five sister compan- ions lived with a pioneer farm family. Under the direction of Bishop Celestine de la Hai- landiere, the second bishop of Vincennes, they opened an acad- emy for girls in 1841. Their school's motto was "Knowledge and virtue united," and by the spring of 1842, they had opened a second school, this time at St. Joseph Church, Jasper. In the years that followed, the Sisters of Providence opened schools and ministered in Mont- gomery, Vincennes, Washington, Loogootee, Linton and Evans- ville. Along with establishing schools and ministering to the sick, Moth- er Guerin was also committed to the advancement of women. She wrote, "Women in this country are as yet only one- fourth of the family. I hope that through religion and education, she will eventually become at last one-half, the better half." Providence Sister Marie Kevin Tighe, promoter of Mother Theodore's Cause, describes her as "courageous, filled with faith and trust in God. "She only lived at St. Mary-of- the-Woods 16 years, but every- thing that happened happened because she had the courage to get it started." People we care about... Following is a feature in the Message, designed to help draw together the People of God in southwestern Indiana. Readers are invited to submit information about people who may ben. efit by some extra prayers and attention. • Diane Burkhart, a long-time teacher at Westside Catholic Consolidated School, Evansville, is nearing the end of a series of chemotherapy treatments for cancer. She hopes to return to the classroom by the first of the year. • Services for Providence Sister Dominica Korth, 91, who died Oct. 10, were held Oct. 15 at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. Sister Korth entered the Congregation ofthe Sisters of Prov- idence in 1923, and made her final vows in 1930. She taught music in schools staffed by the Sisters of Previ- dence, including Holy Family School, Jasper, where she taught from 1960 to 1966. Please send information for PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT to Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724.