“Choose your goals and adhere to them, consistently speaking truth to power with the conviction that truth will eventually triumph.”
A physician who served the poor and needy in Hong Kong for nearly 30 years, Sister Therese Howard was born in Janesville, WI, and entered Maryknoll in 1956, with a B.S. in General Science from Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) in Pittsburgh.
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, where she earned her M.D., and eagerly entered into her new means of service, completing her internship at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Elizabeth, NJ, and a residency at Carney Hospital in Boston.
Sister Therese was then assigned to Hong Kong, where 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.
In 1995, after long and loving service to the people of Hong Kong, Sister Therese returned to the Maryknoll Center, where she worked for another 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.