Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in Vigo County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Saint Theodora Guerin
—Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College —
Born Anne-Thérèse Guérin in 1798 in France. In 1823, she entered the Catholic congregation Sisters of Providence of Ruillé; received the name Sister St. Theodore. Noted for her teaching, she led a mission from France to establish schools and orphanages in the Indiana wilderness; arrived here fall 1840 and established the Sisters of Providence in U.S.
Guérin opened a female academy in July 1841, the predecessor of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Initially, she and the sisters endured anti-Catholic sentiments and harsh frontier conditions. At her death in 1856, she had directed the opening of 11 schools in 9 Indiana towns. Pope Benedict XVI canonized her in 2006, naming her Saint Theodora Guérin.
Erected 2009 by Indiana Historical Bureau and Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. (Marker Number 84.2009.1.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 39° 30.526′ N, 87° 27.65′ W. Marker is in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, in Vigo County. Marker is on Grotto Drive (aka: College Road 10) west of College Road 9, on the right when traveling west. Click for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of First Providence Convent (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Gene Abrell (approx. 2.3 miles away); Burial Ground Fort William Harrison (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Unknown Embattled Defenders of Fort Harrison (approx. 2.6 miles away); 1812 - - Fort Harrison - - 1912 (approx. 2.6 miles away); Fort William Henry Harrison (approx. 2.9 miles away); Confederate Soldiers Buried in this Cemetery (approx. 3.1 miles away); Union Hospital (approx. 3.3 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. This link, the official site of Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, has more information about Saint Mother Theodore Guerin. (Submitted on August 18, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
2. Photos of Dedication (Courtesy - Indiana Historical Bureau): (Submitted on January 20, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
Additional keywords. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Grotto
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • Education •
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