“I love to just walk through the neighborhood. I love the children and they love me.”
Sister Theresia met Maryknoll Sister Jennievea Lassieter (now deceased) when the latter was sick in the hospital in east Africa. She could not communicate then in English but said: “Her presence touched my heart. God speaks to me through other people.”
Sister Theresia was born in Moshi, Rombo, Tanzania. She earned her degree in nursing at Dareda Nurses Training School, her midwifery certificate at Makiungu Mid-Training School, basic physiotherapy in Dared Hospital and a Natural Family Planning course at Ndanda Hospital. Sister Theresia practiced as a midwife for 17 years after which she entered the Maryknoll Sisters in 1994.
Sister Theresia speaks several different languages: Kiswahili, Kichagga, English, and since her assignment to Brazil in 1997, she has added Portuguese to that list. Sister Theresia now forms part of a Pastoral Team in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, with two other Maryknoll Sisters, Maryknoll Fathers and Maryknoll Lay Missioners.
Sister Theresia ministers to youngsters enrolled in a national nutrition program that offers multi-mistura, an additive mixed with their food to help supplement children’s nutrition. She also works with mothers and teaches them good hygienic practices for themselves and their families.