October 13, 2006

Canonization celebrations set at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods have scheduled local celebrations to honor the canonization of the congregation’s foundress, Blessed Mother Theodore Guérin.

On Oct. 15, Blessed Mother Theodore will be canonized as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Benedict XVI.

Celebrations planned at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods include:

Sunday, Oct. 15—Regular Sunday eucharistic liturgy, 11 a.m., Church of the Immaculate Conception.

Saturday, Oct. 21—Public open house at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 22—Canonization Eucharistic Liturgy of Thanksgiving, 1:30 p.m., Church of the Immaculate Conception.

Admission to the church is by ticket only on Oct. 22. The public is invited to participate over closed-circuit television at designated sites at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

An open house is planned from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Self-guided tours of venues related to Blessed Mother Theodore’s life and ministries will be available to the public during the open houses. Docents will share information at those venues.

The Heritage Museum, located at the Providence Center, will display Blessed Mother Theodore’s artifacts. Also at the center, visitors may see the foundation story depicted in dioramas, view a video of the canonization ceremony in Rome, and watch a historical video about Blessed Mother Theodore Guérin’s life and founding of the congregation at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Visitors are invited to pray at Blessed Mother Theodore’s tomb at the Church of the Immaculate Conception during the designated times on Oct. 21 and after the liturgy on Oct. 22. †

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