Monday, April 16, 2007

New Youth Biography Joins IHS Press Titles

The Indiana Historical Society Press is proud to announce the release of its newest youth biography title, A Belief in Providence: A Life of Saint Theodora Guérin. The book explores the life and legacy of the woman who would become Indiana’s first saint.

Written by Julie Young, A Belief in Providence follows the life of Saint Theodora Guérin (born Anne-Thérèse Guérin in 1798) from her childhood and formative, faith-building years in France to her answer of the call to found a religious establishment near Terre Haute, Indiana. It also details her work as a religious and educational pioneer on the Indiana frontier.

Despite poor health, primitive frontier conditions, and dealings with a contentious archbishop (who at one point locked her in a room in the rectory), Mother Theodore Guérin founded Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, the oldest Catholic women’s liberal arts college in the United States, and opened schools in Jasper, Madison and Vincennes, Indiana, often facing suspicion and hostility from the local population.

The book also examines the process leading to Guérin’s canonization, from the beginning of the official Cause for her sainthood in 1909 to the culmination of this century-long effort on Oct. 15, 2006.

Young is a freelance writer and adjunct faculty at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, teaching creative writing and freelance writing through its community learning network. A graduate of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a degree in professional writing, her work has been seen in various publications, including Indianapolis Woman, Evansville Living and AAA Home and Away magazines as well as She has also worked for the Associated Press, the Herald Weekly newspaper and Scecina Memorial High School in Indianapolis.

The books costs $17.95 and is available from the Society's Basile History Market. To order, call (800) 447-1830 or order online at the History Market.

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