After graduating from Incarnate Word Academy in 1937, Sr. Teresita entered St. Joseph Hospital Nursing School where she obtained her R.N. In 1940, Sr. Teresita entered the Convent. She received her B.S. and M.Ed. from the University of Houston and a Doctorate from Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois.
For 25 years, Sr. Teresita served as Infirmarian for the Convent Motherhouse while also teaching. She taught at St. Vincent de Paul and St. Theresa School and was an instructor at St. Thomas University. She served as President/Dean of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Junior College, established to train and educate Sisters in formation. From 1966 to 1970, Sr. Teresita was Director of Guidance and Counseling and Residential Living at the Job Corps Center in McKinney, Texas. On returning to Houston in 1970, she served as Coordinator of Social Services at All Saints Parish. In 1974, she became the Director of the Diocesan Office of Aging Ministry. She also helped organize, fund and develop the S.A.F.E. (Services to the Alone, Frail Elderly) Program and the Senior Senate for the Diocese.
Perhaps one of the distinguising marks of ministries in which Sr. Teresita has served is the number of "firsts." She was one of the first Sisters to teach at St. Vincent de Paul and St. Theresa School, one of the first Diocesan School Supervisors, one of the first Sisters to work in the Job Corps Program for disadvantaged youth, initiated the Social Service Ministry in All Saints Parish, and organized the Office of Aging Ministry for the Diocese of Galveston-Houston. In addition to her position in the Diocesan Ministry on Aging, Sr. Teresita served as Council Member for the Congregation from 1974 to 1978. Sister also helped organize the Texas Catholic Committee on Aging and served a term as Chairman. She also served on the Advisory Council for the Area Agency on Aging, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Third Age Learning Center, All Saints Parish, and other professional and religious organizations.
During her many ministries, Sr. Teresita wrote, compiled and developed many publications, such as: Handbooks, Directories, and news articles. Her dissertation for her doctorate was a Study of the Schools of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston with the Development of a Guide for Lay Teachers.
Throughout her years of ministry, Sr. Teresita has been recognized for her leadership, service and dedication including a Certificate of Recognition from the Governor and a Houston Medal of Honor from the Mayor of Houston, and certificates of Recognition from hte Diocese.
During her retirement years, Sister has been charged with the development of the Heritage Collection for the Congregation, plus many involvements with senior adult activities. Some fun times include playing with ukulele bands, entertaining senior groups in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
| Sr. Teresita with the "Strumming Saints" Ukelele Band
All Saints Catholic Church
Outstanding Adult Diocesan Recognition Award, November 7, 2004
Pictured with Sister Teresita are: Msgr. Dan Scheel,
Sr. Dorothy Sachnik (co-Awardee), and Daniel Cardinal Dinardo