Sister Teresita Perez was born in Altavas, Aklan, Philippines, the only girl with seven brothers. She entered Maryknoll from the Archdiocese of Manila in 1967 in the Maryknoll Sisters novitiate in the Philippines.
Assigned to Peru in 1969, she made her First Profession in 1970 in Arequipa and her Final Vows in the same city in 1975. In Arequipa, Tacna and Lima, Sister Teresita’s ministries varied from secondary teaching, family pastoral work, liturgy and youth ministry to hospital chaplaincy. She founded and coordinated hospital Eucharistic ministers in Lima as well as coordinating the Health Commission of the Conference of Religious.
After 24 years as a missioner in Peru, Sister Teresita was assigned in 1993 to the Philippines, where she hoped to share the richness of her mission experiences as well as learn about all that had changed in her absence. She was campus minister at Miriam College (formerly Maryknoll College), serving 2,200 students, mentoring the student liturgy committee and incorporating liturgical dance in special celebrations. On World Youth Day, she taught the Universal Dances of Peace to the delegates meeting at Miriam College.
At the invitation of a bishop from Myanmar (Burma), Sister Teresita, with another Maryknoll Sister, went to teach a month-long workshop,“Teaching English as a Second Language,” to thirty high school teachers. In the closing ceremony, a Myanmar priest said, “All are being affected by globalization….If you had three months, how much more you would have learned in this international experience.”
While in family ministry, Sister Teresita did part-time retreat facilitation and volunteer work among street children. Presently she is in residence at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in New York cheerfully serving throughout the Center.