Written on: April 22, 2021
Sister Mary Teresa was born in Winthrop, a small town in northern New York, where she and her thirteen siblings helped with chores on the family’s 165-acre farm. She attended St. Mary’s School in Ogdensburg, New York, staffed by the Grey Nuns. After becoming a Grey Nun and spending several years teaching in elementary school, she volunteered to replace the Principal at Immaculate Conception School in Eden, New York, on a temporary basis. This led to similar positions at St. Rose of Lima School in Buffalo and Ogdensburg Catholic Central School. The Diocese of Ogdensburg is geographically large so when Mary Teresa became Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese, she was often on the road visiting from one school to another. When her father became ill, she lived with and cared for him, all the while continuing her ministry. She found great fulfillment in her position as Pastoral Associate in the Cathedral Parish in Ogdensburg. There, her interaction with parishioners brought her great joy. After moving to Holy Redeemer Lafayette in Philadelphia, she continued to use her pastoral skills to reach out to residents there through visits and phone calls.
In reflecting upon my 70 years as a Grey Nun of the Sacred Heart, I am extremely grateful for my parents, who allowed me to enter our Grey Nun Community at the age of 17 and to the Grey Nuns for providing me with the education needed for my career. My prayer has always guided me in decision making and I felt God’s guidance in moving from a school setting to the position of Pastoral Associate in the Cathedral in Ogdensburg. My educational skills were needed also in the Catechumenate Program and in Adult Education Programs. It was while ministering in the parish that the Lord drew me into His care and concern for the sick in the hospital, nursing home, or homebound. I am especially grateful for my Grey Nun sisters, and for bishops, priests, deacons, family members, and the many lay people who have loved, guided and walked with me on my journey.