Thursday, April 14, 2011

Pray for us, Mother Theodore

I love reading Pat McNamara's Catholic history blog. He's such a talented and interesting writer and I learn about people and episodes in Church history that I never knew about before. His piece on Mother Theodore moved me deeply. This woman had to fight so hard for her vocation and she wasoften  treated with open contempt by fellow Catholics. People tend to look back at segregation and say, "Well that's all over. Everything is fine now." They don't know and can't even fathom what it must have been like to have to live every single day facing insults and frequently, physical danger just because you were black.

Mother Theodore was once a member of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, the order of nuns who ran my childhood school and became she the co-founder of the Franciscan Handmaids.


Lola said...

I love the Oblate Sisters of Divine Providence!

I just learned about them a few years ago when EWTN ran a special on Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange.

She's one of the reason's I want to take a trip to Baltimore.

Oh, and the crab cakes. My Jewish College roomate was from Baltimore and raved about those crab cakes. I think she was Reform.

Thank you for sharing Mother Theodore.

Dymphna said...

Oh you've got to go to Baltimore. It's a food treasure. They also have a great Little Italy. I've never had a bad meal there.