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Sister Teresa, baptized Julia 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 S. Marie Venard. She received a bachelor’s degree in history from Fontbonne College in 1951 and a master’s degree in history from St. Louis University in 1957.
Sister Teresa dedicated 40 years of service to teaching and education at schools in Missouri, Michigan, Wisconsin, Texas and Georgia.
She began her career in the Archdiocese of St. Louis at Cathedral and Assumption Grade Schools. She taught on the high school level in at St. Joseph Academy (1950s) and St. Thomas Aquinas (1960s). She was also a special education teacher at St. Joseph Vocational Center (1970s). She also taught at St. Teresa's Academy in Kansas City.
Sister Teresa continued working in the St. Louis area as pastoral minister at Our Lady of the Presentation and St. Bartholomew Parish. In 1989 began serving at Cardinal Ritter Institute as the assistant in the senior day care center.
Sister Teresa retired in 1997 and volunteered as a driver for senior members of the CSJ community. Since 2005 Sister Teresa has resided at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis where she continues to carry out her ministry of prayer and witness.