“I praise and thank my loving God for seventy years in this loving community; for calling me to teach, to mission work, to parish ministry. I’ve enjoyed the support of many loving friends and my family during this great adventure.”
Pita Garcia was born in Espanola, New Mexico, the second of twelve children for Gregorio and Mauricia Garcia. She entered the community in 1950, and in 1951, she received the habit and the name Sister Maria Teresita.
She taught primary grades in Michigan schools for eleven years. In December of 1963, she went to Chimbote, Peru where she supervised religion classes, and helped found and direct a school of religious studies for teachers. She served on the Diocesan Catechetical Commission, was Vicar for Religious for three years and was Diocesan Director of the Family Catechesis Program.
She says, “My Chimbote experience opened the windows of my soul and my heart as Vatican II opened the windows of the church.”
In 1989, she returned to the states and served as coordinator of religious education at her home parish, Sacred Heart in Espanola. In 1993, she was named Parish Administrator in Fort Sumner, New Mexico and served in that capacity until 2008.
Sister Teresita loved her years of teaching, mission work in Chimbote, religious education, Parish Administration, and much more during her 70 years of religious life. Today Sister Teresita is no longer able to do the active ministry that blessed so many in her path. Yet she continues her ministry in a very special way.
Teresita loves to sing and has a lovely voice. She enjoys sharing her memories of her ministry and of her family life. She has a smile that will capture your attention and bring delight to your soul. She is a woman of prayer and is seen in the chapel balcony several times a day. She is grateful for a walk outside to see the flowers and the birds. She has many friends and loves to have someone stop by for a chat.
This grace-filled woman spreads joy and beauty as she lives out her elder years.
2022 – 71 Years a Sister
Pray for increase in vocations to Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids from multicultural communities
Sister Teresita teaching school.
Sister Teresita preaching with St. Dominic.
Sister Teresita prays at a funeral.
Sister Teresita spent nearly two decades in Chimbote, Peru, one of the first of the Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters to go and build this ministry.
Sr. Teresita not only enjoys walks to see the flowers but you can also find her tending to them at Aquinata Hall.