Sister Theresia Ndesoma

Current Ministry Location-Maryknoll Sisters Center-Maryknoll, NY

Sister Theresia NdesomaSister Theresia was born in Moshi, Rombo, Tanzania, East Africa. She graduated from Mwenge High School in 1970 and then earned a Degree in Nursing from Dareda Nurses Training School in 1971; a Midwifery Certificate at Makiungu Mid-Training School, a Physiotherapy Certificate in Dared Hospital in 1973; a Physical Therapy certificate from Dareda Hospital in 1980 and attended a Natural Family Planning Course at Ndanda Hospital in 1993. Then, she practiced as a midwife for 17 years.

She entered the Congregation on August 1, 1994 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY. She professed her First Vows on August 24, 1996 at the Sisters Center and her Final Vows on August 10, 2002 in Brazil.

Sister Theresia’s first mission assignment was to Brazil in 1997. She already spoke several different languages: Kiswahili, Kichagga, English, and with her assignment to Brazil she added Portuguese to that list. For the first year, she studied the Portuguese Language and Brazilian culture. From 1998 to 2008, Sister Theresia was a member of a Pastoral Team in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, with two other Maryknoll Sisters, Maryknoll Fathers and Maryknoll Lay Missioners. She did pastoral work with women and children, Mission Project Funding for Brazil and worked in the AIDS ministry.

Sister Theresia ministered to youth enrolled in a national nutrition program that offered multimistura preparation, an additive mixed with their food to help supplement children’s nutrition. She also worked with mothers and taught them good hygienic practices for themselves and their families.

In 2012, she was assigned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY.