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The Eighth American Saint

In celebration of the canonization of Mother Theodore Guerin, ACTA Publications offers The Eighth American Saint — comprehensive and readable biography on this inspirational woman.

ISBN: 978-0-87946-324-3

- Subtitle: The Life of Saint Mother Theodore Guérin, Foundress of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana
- Product #: 116
- Format: book
- Binding: Paperback
- Page Count: 272
- Trim Size: 6 x 8
- Publisher: ACTA Publications

Price: $12.95

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 Burton

Mary K. Doyle



Books, blogs, or feature articles, Mary K Doyle's writings are rich in content, easy and enjoyable to read, and avenues for personal growth and compassion. Her powerful faith and decades of writing experience is evident in her story-telling style.

Mary has a Masters Degree in Pastoral Theology from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management and Leadership with Highest Distinction from Judson University. 

Her seven published books include: Navigating Alzheimer's, Saint Theodora and Her Promise to God (Award Winner in the 2014 CPA Book Awards); Young in the Spirit (Award Winner in the Great Midwest Book Festival and CPA Book Awards); Grieving with Mary; The Seven Principles of Sainthood; The Rosary Prayer by Prayer; and Mentoring Heroes. 

She also writes several blogs:

- Doyle's Delights,, comments on books published by ACTA Publications and In Extenso Press.

- Saint Theodora/Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, reflections on current issues using the words of Saint Theodora and Scripture for guidance. 

- Midwest Mary, An assortment of topics that pertain to everyday life including how-to, writing tips, recipes, and commentaries. 

- Mary K Doyle Books, A full listing of books and opportunities to comment on them.