Go forth and teach all nations.” Matt. 28.19
“As I watch for the sun rise, I hear God speak: “Therese, just as sure as the sun will rise, I will always care for you and love you!” God’s faithfulness is the spark that gives me energy to follow God’s plan of love each moment of my life in collaboration with my Dominican Sisters and all God’s people. I, too, promise my prayers for you as I continue following God’s Plan of Love with a grateful heart.”
I was born in El Guache, NM on May 10, 1935 to Gabriel and Aniceta Salazar Rodriguez, ten years after St. Therese of Lisieux was canonized a saint.
As the oldest of 15, ten girls and five boys, the seed of my vocation was nourished by my prayerful family, the joyful Dominicans and priests of Holy Family parish.
At the age of ten I received a deep desire “to go forth and teach all nations” all that Jesus had taught me. Matt. 28.19 I followed my call as teacher, Chaplain, advocate for migrants, prisoners, and others; missionary in Panama, Ministry for Prayer and Action in El Salvador, Vocation ministry, and Dominican presence for Lay Dominicans in Albuquerque, NM.
I thank God, my family, my Dominican Sisters, Holy Family Fathers, Capuchin Fathers, family and friends who have empowered me to follow God’s call as a Dominican Sister ~ Grand Rapids for 60 blessed years.
God is good! Good all the time!
Sr. Therese moved from New Mexico home to the Marywood Motherhouse in Grand Rapids in 2017. She currently ministers to Sisters at Marywood Health Center and Aquinata Hall. Her desire to companion Sisters runs deep as she thoughtfully responds to each Sister’s individual interests and needs.
2022 – 67 Years a Sister
Pray for an increase of vocations to Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids from multicultural communities
Sister Therese Rodriguez and Sister Mary Ann Barrett love spending time with young adults. Thank you Aquinas College students for visiting the Dominican Sisters Grand Rapids at Marywood. Come back soon. You are always welcome.
Sister Therese enjoys sharing her vocation experience with Catholic youth. Here she is during her service as Vocation Minister in New Mexico.
Sister Therese Rodriguez offers a blessing to a patient during her rounds as a hospital chaplain at University New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque,.
Sr. Therese Rodriguez ministers to Sisters at Marywood Health Center and Aquinata Hall. Her desire to companion Sisters runs deep as she thoughtfully responds to each Sister’s individual interests and needs. Here, Sr. Therese engages Sr. Elizabeth Barilla in a game of catch. “I think it is significant that Sr. Elizabeth still has the energy and the mind to play catch so well at the age of 103! It was wonderful to see her eyes light up during our time.”