SisterTeresa Houlihan

“It is good to give thanks to God, to proclaim God’s steadfast love in the morning, and faithfulness in the night.” ~ Psalm 92

My 70 years of Dominican Life and Mission have been blessed in countless ways. As I reflect on those years, from early years in formation, during years of advanced study in preparation for ministry, decades of teaching at Aquinas College and Providence College, and during my years of internal service to the Congregation, my faith sees God’s grace and faithfulness.

I was born in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. My home parish was the Cathedral of St. Peter-in-Chains. I entered religious life after several years of study at the University of Toronto. After profession I earned an MA from Catholic University, Washington, D.C. and a Ph.D. from Laval University, Quebec, Canada.

Accordingly, my years in ministry have been spent primarily in the classroom introducing students at Aquinas College, Grand Rapids and Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island, to the study of philosophy. However, for a period of eight years I had the honor and privilege of serving the Sisters as Prioress of the congregation. I cherish those years as truly a blessed time.

My response is one of deep gratitude and thanksgiving, of joy and satisfaction, of fulfillment and contentment. Indeed, those years were well spent. I pause and thank my family and all the Sisters with whom I have lived and ministered who have helped shape my journey.

My Jubilee prayer is for this Dominican congregation, which I have loved, honored, and served. May it continue to Praise, to Bless, to Preach well into the future, creatively meeting the needs of God’s people.

2022 – 71 Years a Sister

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Sister Teresa helped open Marywood Health Center in Grand Rapids and helped manage the new rehabilitation center.

Sister Teresa was elected prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids in 1980. She served until 1984 with Sister Phyllis Ohren, Councilor, and Sister Patrice Konwinski, Councilor.

“I pause and thank… all the Sisters with whom I have lived and ministered who have helped shape my journey.” ~ Sister Teresa Houlihan

Sr. Teresa (right) continues to proclaim God’s love with Sr. Lorraine Rajewski (left).

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