The story of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin is one that must be told.
She offers as powerful a role model for today's generation
as she did for her contemporaries in the early 1800s.
Her example of holiness and leadership is timeless.
— From the Foreword
On October 15, 2006, the Roman Catholic Church canonized Mother Theodore Guérin, making her only the eighth saint who lived and worked in the United States. In celebration of this momentous event, ACTA Publications offers The Eighth American Saint — a comprehensive and readable biography on this inspirational woman that includes a vivid, eye-witness account of the canonization ceremony.
Saint Mother Theodore Guérin left a legacy of service, piety and faith across two continents. In France she inspired hope while serving as superior to the schools in the town of Soulaines. But it was in the fledgling United States that her abilities shone, as she founded a new congregation of the Sisters of Providence and built schools, orphanages, and even a pharmacy. Her memory lives on through Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana — the United States' oldest Catholic liberal arts college for women.
The Eighth American Saint was originally published in 1959 under the title Faith Is the Substance by Katherine Burton. Burton's masterful biography recreates Mother Theodore's struggles, failures and triumphs. The Foreword and Afterword by Mary K. Doyle bring Mother Theodore's story as one of the few American saints full circle, providing a complete story of her life for a new generation of readers.
Katherine BurtonMary K. Doyle
Mary K. Doyle is an author, speaker, and freelance writer with nearly forty years of writing experience spanning the print, radio, cable television, and electronic media. Her published books include Grieving with Mary, Seven Principles of Sainthood Following Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, The Rosary Prayer by Prayer, and Mentoring Heroes, a winner of the National Publisher’s Freedom Award Certificate for Excellence. Mary also is a contributor to newspapers and magazines, copywriter for large and small businesses and speaker on the topics of Mariology, St. Mother Theodore Guerin, Principles of Sainthood, and Mentoring.
Mary’s personal relationship with Our Lady has been life-long. Research and her own personal spiritual quest have taken her to Marian shrines in Fatima, Portugal; Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Knock, Ireland; and Mexico City, Mexico. Wanting to substantiate her devotion with solid theology, she earned a Masters of Arts Degree in Pastoral Theology from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in 2005. She also attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management and Leadership with Highest Distinction from Judson University. Mary’s other recognitions include the Margaret Naylor Liska Endowment Service Award and the Emerging Star Leadership Award from AAUW and a listing in Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities in 1998.
She is a member of the Ministers of Providence Professional Pastoral Service Organization, Catholic Press Association, the National Writers Union and an active member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Illinois where she serves as a Eucharistic Minister.
Most of all Mary enjoys time with her family. She is married, has three adult children, a daughter-in-law, and four adult step-children as well as a large, supportive extended family. She accompanies her husband, magician Marshall Brodien, at magic conventions and special appearances where from time-to-time she assists him with his magic illusions on stage as a "box jumper."