ST. MARY-OF-THE-WOODS, Ind. (WTHI) – The woman who played a huge role in the canonization of St. Mother Theodore Guerin has passed away. Sister Marie Kevin Tighe was the liaison between her sisters of providence and the Vatican during the canonization process.
During her final days, Sister Marie Kevin was battling cancer and it was difficult for her fellow sisters to see a woman so vibrant and full of life to be in failing health.
“Really, she was as at home with that state in her life as she seems to have been with every time in her life,” said Sister Denise Wilkinson.
Born in New Albany, Marie Kevin became a Sister of Providence in 1942 and like most sisters, she became a teacher and principal spending 24 years in education. It was in the early 70’s she took on the task of renewing the congregation after the Vatican II council.
That’s when she met Sister Mary Beth Klingel.
“She had an enormous ability to persuade and draw people into whatever she believed in,” said Sister Klingel.
It was that ability that served her best in the last and greatest challenge she faced. There’s no doubt that Sister Marie Kevin’s legacy is going to be directly tied to the canonization of St. Mother Theodore Guerin. It was a cause that consumed the latter years of her life, but it’s also undoubtedly her greatest accomplishment in life.
In describing St. Mother Theodore, she always talked down to earth in a language that everyone could easily understand.
“She gave herself to this place, and it was her desire to make this place better, to make the people better,” Sister Marie Kevin said prior to the canonization.
“She was so into it because of the connection, as her own name, her given name was Anna Therese,” said Sister Klingel. St. Mother Theodore’s given name was Anne Therese.
A funeral mass will be held for Sister Marie Kevin Tighe Thursday morning at 11 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in St. Mary-of-the-Woods.