70 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

Sister Theresa Marie made her first profession on August 12, 1950 and her final vows on August 12, 1955.

Sister Theresa Marie was born in Hanover, Pennsylvania, to Maurice and Evelyn Smith. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Mount Mercy College, now Carlow University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1962. She also did graduate work in history at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

Sister Theresa Marie spent 13 years as an elementary teacher in several states: St. Mary School in Steelton and Sacred Heart in McKeesport, Pennsylvania; Immaculate Conception in East Chicago, Illinois; St. Francis in Lumberton and Christ the King in Kinston, North Carolina. She taught high school for four years at St. Joseph Academy in Columbia, Pennsylvania, while also serving as the dorm moderator.

She was engaged in many areas of ASC community service, including dorm moderator at St. Joseph Academy, formation director for novices and postulants, and provincial superior.

A final ministry, in pastoral and liturgical services, grew from her participation in the Pastoral Leadership Institute in San Antonio, Texas, where she took workshops in spirituality, formation, administration, theology and catechetics. At San Juan Bautista in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she served for six years as a pastoral assistant and another 15 years as Director of Religious Education in the Hispanic community.

Sr. Theresa Marie now resides at Nazareth House and is Living Mission in Later Life.^ BACK TO TOP

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