We celebrate the Life of Sister Theresa Ann Grant, a Sister of St Joseph for sixty-four years. All who knew Theresa experienced that light of Christ in her kind and patient ways, mirroring a deep joy from her relationship with a loving God.
Theresa was born in Brooklyn to Josephine and Roger and she attended St. Anthony’s Parish school. After attending the Juniorate, Theresa entered the congregation in 1955 and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Brentwood College. Her warm, patient ways were well suited for teaching young children. So, for over forty years Theresa taught first and second graders at St. Rita’s, St. Mary Star of the Sea, St. Mary Mother of Jesus and St. Athanasius.
During those years Theresa studied Religion at St. John’s University and shared her deep faith in the sacramental programs at the parishes where she taught. She was part of the life of these parishes, serving on the Parish Council and as a lector and Eucharistic Minister. Never idle, during her later years, Theresa worked with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.
Relationships were very important in Theresa’s life. She cherished times with her family especially long walks instead of video games. She shared close friendships with our sisters Mary Ann McCarthy and Margaret Ribaldi. The joy and kindness Theresa shared came from her deep relationship with God. She knew what John describes in our second reading, that all are children of God and she helped so many come to believe that.
Theresa, we know you now know fully the God who has been the center of your life for all of these years. We thank you for your dedication, faithfulness and all of the kindness you shared so generously. May you now enjoy eternal peace.
Sister Theresa Ann Grant, CSJ died on November 14, 2019 in the 64th year of her religious life.