Sister Teresa Maria Eagan, baptized Theresa Rosaline, was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1943 and was received into the novitiate in 1944. She received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Fontbonne College in 1954 and a master’s degree in library science from Rosary College (now Dominican University) in River Forest, Illinois, in 1969.
Sister Teresa began her 30-year teaching career in St. Louis at Notre Dame de Lourdes Grade School in 1946 for six years and then taught at St. Mary Grade School in Bridgeton until 1956.
She then served at various schools across the country from 1956 to 1976. Sister Teresa taught school at Sacred Heart Grade School in Shawano, Wisconsin, and at Redemptorist High School in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1969, she began her ministry as a librarian at St. Francis de Sales High School in Denver; Reicher Catholic High School in Waco, Texas; and St. Teresa's Academy in Kansas City before returning to St. Louis in 1976.
She served her CSJ community as assistant archivist at the St. Joseph Provincial House for eight years, followed by a year as records manager at Carondelet Community Betterment Federation.
In 1986, Sister Teresa began serving the St. Louis Archdiocese as an assistant archivist. She retired in 2001.
Since her retirement, she has served in volunteer ministry at Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, as a Eucharistic minister at her parish church, Cure of Ars, and as a prayerful, pastoral presence at Holy Infant Apartments. She recently moved to Nazareth Living Center where she now lives out her ministry of prayer and presence.
Sister Teresa is an avid Cardinal baseball fan and enjoys playing cards with friends and on the computer. She also enjoys working the daily crossword puzzles.