Sister Terry is a Sister of Mercy. She comports an ongoing integrity that I witnessed caused her to give up a place of daily comfort and security and journey to the unknown. She has a heart wide open to all, and she is never too busy to give her time to anyone in need of assistance, teaching, or someone with whom to talk, and, sometimes, she simply offers her quiet presence when there are no words that can be said.
She seeks and celebrates sacrament in both the small and large forms, embracing the sacred in common ritual, and comes alive when she teaches about it with a particular delight in the occasional dance. She taught us to pray with Creation, with song and movement, with the scriptures, as journeyers with the labyrinth, with the Lord’s Prayer and with the Liturgy, and brought great enlightenment about the Eucharistic prayer to our catechists. As a leader of prayer, she had a way of including many people, and engaging people in full participation of the Mass.
While most people would not normally expect this from a liturgist, Sister Terry was, in fact, involved in most aspects of our parish life, and in the very lives of the people of our parish. She was a reminder of the presence of a loving God. She did not try to be the center of attention, yet she was known by all because she was present to people week in and week out as they crossed the threshold for Mass, came to classes, or dropped by the parish office, and she remembered people by name, delighted in children’s comments, and asked about sick relatives.
Sister Terry was successful at impressing upon us that we are ONE church. Parishioners still say, “Remember when Sr. Terry taught us…..”