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April 17, 2014

Woods alum writes children’s book

Telling the story of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College’s foundress, Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, in a way that children can enjoy is what one alumna recently did in the form of a children’s book.

Mary K. Doyle, 2005 graduate of the Masters of Pastoral Theology program, recently authored “Saint Theodora and Her Promise to God,” her sixth book. Published by the Sisters of Providence, Doyle’s book is an inspiring story of how one little girl followed God’s call.

The story begins at Saint Mother Theodore Guerin’s childhood home, Etables, France, when she was known as Anne-Therese. It follows her on her journey into adulthood and across the ocean to St. Mary-of-the-Woods, where she founded SMWC in 1840, all the way to being declared a saint in 2006. Easy to read with illustrations, “Saint Theodora and Her Promise to God” makes Saint Mother Theodore Guerin’s tale accessible to children of all ages.

“All children were, and always will be, dear to Saint Theodora,” said Doyle, of Geneva, Ill. “I know when any child comes to her in prayer, she greets them with open, loving arms. I love Saint Theodora more every day and wrote this book so children could know and love her also.”

Doyle’s other books include “Young in the Spirit,” “Grieving with Mary, “The Seven Principles of Sainthood,” “The Rosary Prayer by Prayer,” and “Mentoring Heroes.” She also writes two blogs, “Saint Theodora/Saint Mother Theodore Guerin” and “Midwest Mary.”


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