Sister Therese Howard


Current Ministry Location: Maryknoll Sisters Center-Maryknoll, NY

Sister Therese was born October 7th, 1927 in Janesville, WI, to Nellie C. (Mergener) Howard and Floyd W. Howard. She had one brother. Sister Therese graduated from Dormont High School, Pittsburgh, PA in 1945. She also earned a Bachelor of Science in General Science from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) in Pittsburgh in 1949 and a degree in Medical Technology from Allegheny, PA General Hospital in 1956.

Sister Therese entered the Congregation on September 2nd, 1956 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll,NY. She pronounced First Vows June 24th, 1959 and Final Vows June 24th, 1965 both at the Sisters Center. A cheerful woman with deep convictions, she began her life as a professed sister in 1959 by teaching at Maryknoll Teachers College. After one year of teaching, Sister Therese set off for medical school at St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO where she earned her Doctorate of Medicine in 1964 and eagerly entered into her new means of service, completing her internship at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Elizabeth, NJ in 1964 and a Residency/Surgery at Carney Hospital in Boston, MA in 1965.

Sister Therese first overseas assignment was to Hong Kong in 1967.  After Cantonese Language School at Chinese University of Hong Kong, she faithfully ministered as a doctor at Our Lady of Maryknoll Hospital, and was involved in family life education in the local community.  A member of the Catholic Marriage Advisory Council and a Natural Family Planning instructor, Sister Therese also helped to found the Pro-Life Action Association, whose mission was to foster public discourse on abortion and in-vitro fertilization legislation. For nearly 30 years, Sister Therese, a physician, responded to the many needs of the poor: young couples, new babies, elderly, infirm, etc.

In 1995, after long and loving service to the people of Hong Kong, Sister Therese returned to the Maryknoll Center where she worked for eight years in the Communications Department. Since her retirement in 2003, Sister Therese has remained a loving and prayerful member of the Maryknoll Community.  Her prayer ministry is Vocations and Orientation.