- Associated Press - Sunday, October 26, 2014

ST. MARY-OF-THE-WOODS, Ind. (AP) - A new shrine dedicated to a western Indiana saint and founder of an order of nuns recounts her journey from her native France to the Hoosier wilderness.

The Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods opened the shrine to St. Mother Theodore Guerin on Saturday. Guerin was the eighth saint declared in the U.S. and the only saint from Indiana. Pope Benedict XVI named Guerin a saint in 2006.

The centerpiece of the shrine is a quiet chapel-style area with a smooth casket that holds Guerin’s remains, The Tribune-Star reported (https://bit.ly/1w7heft ). Three of her finger bones can be viewed and touched by visitors.

Sister Bernadette Mary Carroll, 92, said the shrine captured the traits of Guerin, especially her simplicity.

“The shrine is so simple,” she said. “That’s Mother Theodore.”

Helen Hopp of Indianapolis was among the first to tour the shrine.

“I thought it was very inspiring,” Hopp said. “Her love just comes through in every step of the journey.”

The shrine cost $2.1 million and was years in the making, shrine coordinator Sister Jan Craven said.

“I hope that people will find in the shrine a place where they could come when they’re happy, when they’re sad,” said Sister Denise Wilkinson, the Sisters of Providence’s general superior. The order based outside Terre Haute was founded by Guerin in 1840.

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Information from: Tribune-Star, https://www.tribstar.com


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