Born in Seattle, WA, on May 7th, 1930, Sister Jean entered the Maryknoll Sisters from St. Joseph’s Parish, Seattle, at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY, on September 6, 1947. She made her First Profession of Vows on March 7th, 1950, receiving the religious name Sister M. Therese Martin.
Her first assignment was as a parish catechetical worker in Kyoto, Japan, where she served from 1951 – 1953. She professed her final vows on March 7th, 1953, in Saiin, Japan. She then continued the same work at parishes in Saiin, from 1953 – 1955; Otsu from 1955 – 1962, Takano from 1962 – 1965, and Yokkaichi from 1965 – 1969.
Sister Jean then returned to Kyoto where she taught English and served as parish worker. She also served as parish worker in Tzu and Mie Ken from 1969 – 1971. She was then appointed to the Regional Governing Board while serving in communications, retreat work, bookkeeper and English teacher from 1971 – 1973. In 1973 she also worked in Christian community formation.
Sister Jean returned to the United States, where she served on the congregation’s World Awareness Team for the western States from 1974 – 1979.
In 1979, she returned to Japan, where she first became involved in justice and peace ministry, conducting exposure programs for religious, while also serving as a media work translator and English teacher, from 1979 – 2000.
She returned to the United States where she worked as an associate in the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY, from 2001 -2006. She continues to be active in speaking and demonstrating for peace and justice issues in the New York Metropolitan area, as well as serving short-term with Christian Peacemaker Teams, an organization working for peace in the most deeply war-torn areas of the world.