“Listen to your experience and dreams. Nothing is impossible for us who follow Jesus. We may have ups and downs and even tidal waves to encounter, but God is with us and in us.”
The call to religious life has been with Sister Teresa Leung since she was eight years old. Making sure of that call wasn’t simple, however. She also felt drawn to pursuing a life with a family of her own.
The urge for religious life continued however, so she began to pray that God would give her the courage to leave her family and enter the convent.
It was while working for an international law firm in 1954 that Sister Teresa became seriously acquainted with Maryknoll Sisters though she was educated by the Maryknoll Sisters from kindergarten until she graduated from college. Their charism and lifestyle seemed to be a good fit for a woman like Sister Teresa, as it was “compatible with my lively personality,” she would later reflect. Two years later, she entered.
Born in Hong Kong, Sister Teresa entered Maryknoll in 1956, a few years after graduating from Maryknoll Convent School. She pronounced her first vows in 1959 and her final vows in 1965. Assigned to Hong Kong in 1960, Sister Teresa’s ministries varied considerably. She was in refugee work, parish work, retreats for families, and counseling for about fifteen years.
One unusual ministry was to prepare homilies with Catholic priests and ministers of other denominations—putting in a woman’s perspective of interpreting the gospel and proclaiming the good news! She also did pastoral and administrative work at Our Lady of Maryknoll Hospital.
Sister Teresa was assigned to Hong Kong in 1960 and worked in the Chai Wan parish and Our Lady of Maryknoll Hospital. Sister Teresa continued her studies at Mary Rogers College earning a B.S. in education in 1972. She returned to Hong Kong and worked in Chai Wan Maryknoll Sisters Center, supervising the kindergarten and doing diocesan religious education, pastoral, retreat and ecumenical work. From 1975 – 1987, Sister Teresa taught at Maryknoll Convent School, Primary and Secondary.
Presently Sister Teresa works in the Alumnae Relations Office for graduates of Maryknoll Convent School and Maryknoll Sisters School at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in NY. Since 1987, she has been communicating with the former students of MCS and MSS and feels privileged to share life with them. Sister Teresa assists the different Chapters of the Alumnae Association all over the world in their fund raising for the support of Maryknoll Sisters, and is inspired by their care, concern, and generosity.
She also finds time to teach English to Chinese priests and Sisters, and computer to employees, and others needing help; and visits inmates at Sing Sing prison. A highlight of her prison ministry was to assist a Chinese who had been in prison for more than thirteen years. Through letters and phone calls to the Chinese Consulate, Immigration, and others, he was finally released and deported. Her friends in Hong Kong helped him find housing and a job and he is now happily married and has a son.