Sister Teresa Hougnon



Current Ministry Location: Maryknoll Sister Center-Maryknoll, NY

Sister Teresa was born January 31st, 1962 in Loup City, NE. Prior to joining the Congregation she entered the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY and earned a Bachelor of Science in National Security/Public Affairs in 1984.  She also served in the Army in Germany and worked in a women’s shelter in Brooklyn, New York.

In 1996, she officially entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate in Mount Vernon, NY and pronounced First Vows at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY on September 12th, 1998 and her Final Vows on September 25th, 2005 in East Timor.

Sister Teresa’s first assignment was to East Timor. She arrived just before the United Nations referendum in 1999. She served as the principal of a recently reconstructed high school. Shortly after making Final Vows in 2005, Sister Teresa turned the directorship of the high school over to the vice principal and other Timorese staff and prepared for a new assignment in Kenya, East Africa.

Along with two other Maryknoll Sisters, Sister Teresa is currently focusing on peace-building and conflict transformation. The Maryknoll Sisters peace team in is based in Nairobi, Kenya. The focus of the team’s ministry is “Conversations for Social Change,” a program designed to effect social change through personal transformation.

In 2021, she was elected to serve as President on the Congregation Leadership Team for the next six years.