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July 17, 2014

Author receives honor for children’s book on Saint Mother Theodore

Mary K. Doyle has written many books. But she had never attempted to write a children’s book.

However, her first one, “Saint Theodora and her Promise to God,” was recently honored by placing fourth in a contest conducted by the Catholic Press Association.

The book was published in 2013 in collaboration by the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, and Holly Kondras, president of WISH Publishing, Terre Haute.

Plans for the book were etched in stone by Sister Mary Ryan, Sisters of Providence archivist, a handful of years ago. She started working as the sisters’ archivist one year before Saint Mother Theodore Guerin was canonized.

“I thought we should have a children’s book on Saint Mother Theodore,” Ryan said. “People had been coming in asking for a book for children. I call this my eight-year project. It is kind of my pride and joy.”

When the idea came up for the children’s book, Ryan contacted Doyle, who has worked with the sisters in the past.

Doyle also has written, “Seven Principles of Sainthood: Following St. Mother Theodore Guerin,” which was published in 2008, and also attended the canonization of Saint Mother Theodore.

Doyle’s book, “Mentoring Heroes,” won a National Publishers Freedom award certificate for excellence.

In addition, “Young in the Spirit,” which also was published last year, won an honorable mention from The Great Midwest Book Festival and also an honorable mention from the Catholic Press Association.

According to Doyle, the contest is open to all Catholic publishers in the United States and Canada. Entries, she said, are judged by a panel of Catholic professionals and all awarded receive a certificate.

Twelve books were nominated in the Children’s Book category of the Catholic Book Awards.

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