Current Ministry Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Sister Teresa was born January 31st, 1962 to Bertha (Nicholson) Hougnon and Robert Hougnon in Loup City, NE. In addition to Teresa, the family consisted of 7 sisters and 3 brothers. Sister Teresa graduated from Buena Vista High School, Buena Vista, CO, in 1980. She then entered the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY earning a Bachelor of Science in National Security/Public Affairs in 1984. After serving with the Army in Germany, she worked in a women’s shelter in Brooklyn, New York.
In 1996, Sister Teresa entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate in Mount Vernon, NY. She pronounced First Vows at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY September 12th, 1998 and 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.