Sainthood decreed for Mother Guerin

Sainthood decreed for Mother Guerin

There are 5 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Oct 15, 2006, titled Sainthood decreed for Mother Guerin. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Pope Benedict XVI declared a 19th Century nun from Indiana to be America's 8th Catholic saint today.

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MA Butters


#1 Oct 15, 2006
Can someone explain why Saint Theodore Guerin cannot be known by her Christian name, Anne-Therese, as well as the name she assumed as a nun?
Dan McFeely

Reynolds, IN

#2 Oct 15, 2006
Hello MA Butters ... it has been a very time honored tradition for people to change their names - or have their names changed for them - whenever they take a big step in their faith. Think about Abram who became Abraham; Jacob who became Israel. When Catholic kids are confirmed, they choose a new name to be added to theirs. Likewise, when men and women take on religious orders, they change their names, which is why you sometimes see men called "Father John Mary" or women called "Mother Theodore." Hope that helps. Sincerely, Daniel Patrick "Valentine" McFeely.

United States

#3 Oct 15, 2006
what a great event for the catholic church.

Des Plaines, IL

#4 Oct 15, 2006
I am actually an alum of Saint Mary of the Woods College. It is such a wonderful occasional for all of us. She truly was a special person. So much so, that when you are starting school there, they actually show you where she stepped out of her carriage when she arrived. They take the time to explain how great of a person she is. It is amazing to see that she is now a Saint.
MA Butters


#5 Oct 17, 2006
Thank you, all, for your response to my question about St. Theodore Guerin. All Americans should be proud that our adopted sister gave so generously to American and is now receiving her church's highest honor.

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