Throwback Thursday: A ‘Knighted’ Sister?
Sister Georgiana Terstegge entered the Congregation in 1924. She was a Sister of Providence for 73 years.
Born in 1905, Sister Georgiana eventually earned a doctorate degree from Catholic University in 1949 in French and ministered as a teacher, author and translator.
She taught French at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College for 44 years!
But did you know that in 1978, the French Government honored Sister Georgiana?
During that year, Sister Georgiana was named Knight of L’Ordre des Palmes Academique, the civil equivalent of the Legion of Honor. The honor is bestowed for distinguished academics and figures in the world of culture and education. It was enacted in 1808 by Emperor Napoleon.
In addition, Sister Marie Grace Molloy said Sister Georgiana was responsible for the planting of many trees at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. In 1972, Sister Georgiana established the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Tree Club with annual dues of one dollar to help keep the motherhouse grounds forested.
Sister Georgiana died in 1997.