sister teresa shea

80th Jubilee

Sister Teresa Shea, baptized Juila Teresa, was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1937 and was received into the novitiate in 1937 as Sister Marie Venard. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Fontbonne College in St. Louis in 1951 and a master’s degree in history from St. Louis University in 1957.

Sister Teresa dedicated 40 years to the ministry of education.

Her first teaching assignment was in 1939 at St. Louis Cathedral Grade School as a primary teacher. In the 1940s, she taught at Bishop Baraga Central Grade School in Marquette, Michigan. She taught at Assumption in St. Louis for one year, then at St. Patrick’s in Rolla, Missouri until 1953.

Sister Teresa spent the next 22 years teaching at the high school level. In the 1950s, she taught at St. Joseph’s Academy in Green Bay; St. Joseph’s Academy in St. Louis; and Reicher Catholic High School in Waco, Texas.

In the 1960s, she taught at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Florissant, Missouri, and St. Joseph High School in Atlanta. From 1969 to 1975, she taught at St. Teresa’s Academy in Kansas City, Missouri. Her last two years in education were spent in St. Louis teaching special education at St. Joseph Vocational Center.

Sister Teresa continued working in the St. Louis area as a pastoral minister at Our Lady of Presentation Parish and St. Bartholomew Parish. From 1989 to 1997, she served at Cardinal Ritter Institute as an assistant in the senior day care center.

Sister Teresa retired in 1997. She volunteered with her Sisters of St. Joseph community as a driver for the Senior Ministry Office.

Since 2005, Sister Teresa has resided at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis where she continues to carry out her ministry of prayer and presence.

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