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Throwback Thursday: Remembering Sister Therese Berry

This photo, taken in 1998, depicts Sister Jenny Howard (left) and then-General Superior Sister Diane Ris (right) with Sister Therese Berry during her Golden Jubilee celebration.

This photo, taken in 1998, depicts Sister Jenny Howard (left) and then-General Superior Sister Diane Ris (right) with Sister Therese Berry during her Golden Jubilee celebration.

There are many people who follow the Sisters of Providence Facebook page who have requested more information on a growing list of sisters.

One of the joys of putting together these Throwback Thursday blogs is to make the trip to Archives and study the history of these sisters.

This week’s subject was not different.

For this week, we will take a look at the life of Sister Therese Berry, formerly Sister David Jean Berry.

Therese Ann Berry was born on February 1, 1930, in Indianapolis.

She entered the Congregation in 1948 from St. John Academy, located in Indianapolis.

She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master’s degree in education from Indiana State University.

Her teaching ministry began in 1950 at St. Andrew, Chicago. She also taught at St. Francis Xavier (Wilmette, Illinois), Our Lady of Mercy and St. Angela schools – both in Chicago.

Sister Therese also taught at schools in California (St. Therese, Alhambra; and St. Joseph, Hawthorne) and Indiana (St. John the Baptist, Whiting; and Indianapolis schools Nativity, St. Jude and St. Philip Neri).

According to her records in Archives, she was “remembered as an outstanding teacher, one who kept her classroom with beautiful décor.”

Known as an excellent typist, she also utilized that skill in her ministries at St. Patrick’s Adult Education Center (Indianapolis).

In addition, Sister Therese also ministered as a staff member of the Sacred Heart Province for 10 years and also in Providence Printery at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Also known for her crocheting skills, in her later years, she would crochet items for sisters and alumnae groups.

Sister Therese died in 2000. ‪#‎throwbackthursday ‪#‎tbt

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Jason Moon

Jason Moon serves as media relations manager for the Sisters of Providence. Previously, he spent more than 16 years in the newspaper industry.

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