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Community Mother Theodore Guerin
104 N. 5th Street
Mankato, MN 56001

Mankato, MN

Serving in the Diocese of Winona-Rochester.


The Mother Theodore Community is dedicated to two principle apostolates: teaching and parish life.

During the academic year the sisters teach fulltime at the Saint José Sánchez del Río High School Seminary run by the Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE).

The sisters also serve the Parish of Saints Peter and Paul, where they assist in religious education, liturgy, sacristy, youth ministry and visits to the sick.

Through their life of prayer and imitation of Jesus Christ: poor, chaste and obedient, the sisters seek to be a sign of God’s merciful love in the Parish Community, helping all to keep their eyes “fixed on the things above.”  (Col. 3:2)

Our Patroness | St. Mother Theodore Guerin (1798 – 1856)

French Missionary and Saint of the Midwest

“Equipped with little more than her steadfast desire to serve God, Mother Théodore and her five companion Sisters of Providence arrived at the site of their mission at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, the evening of October 22, 1840, and immediately hastened along a muddy, narrow path to the tiny log cabin that served as the chapel. There, they knelt in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament to thank God for their safe journey and to ask for God’s blessings for the new mission.”

“Mother Théodore knew that alone she could do nothing, but that all things were possible with God. She accepted trials, trouble and occasions when she was treated unjustly as part of her life. In the midst of persecution, Mother Théodore remained true, a faithful woman of God.

Mother Théodore died sixteen years after she arrived at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. During those fleeting years, she touched a countless number of lives—and continues to do so today.

The gift she gives to each succeeding generation is her life as a model of holiness, virtue, love and faith.”

Excerpt from the Vatican text on biographies of new saints.  Read more to learn about her life.