Mysoul proclaims theLord, myGod. Myspirit sings God's praise,
Who looks on me and lifts meup, That gladness fill mydays.
All nations will now sharemyjoy. ForGifts God has outpoured.
This lowlyonehas beenmadegreat
ForthosewhofeartheHolyOne: God's mercywill not die,
Whosestrongright arm puts down theproud, and lifts thelowlyhigh.
God fills thehungrywith good things,
and sends the richaway.
Thepromisemadeto Abraham and
Sarah, is filled to endlessday.
Then, let all nations praiseourGod, The Father and theSon,
TheSpirit blest who lives in us,
“Life’sjourneyisto God’seternalDay... ForinLifeandindeath, Webelongtothe Lord!”
( M. of St.Amadeus)
ThereseLandryacquiredmuch experienceintaking responsibility even beforeenteringthe FranciscanMissionaries ofMary. Sheworked asanassistant teacher inafirstgradeclassroom, assistedinthesupervisionof childrenatMt.St.Francis,was activeinaGirl Scouttroopand later becameits leader,was leaderofaLegion ofMarygroup, andwas activeinbothsewing
andgleeclubs.Shetoured Canadaforamonth, havinga goodcommandof bothEnglish andFrench.
WhileatMt.St.Francis,Therese cameincontactwithFranciscan Missionaries ofMary.She enteredtheInstituteinDecember
12,1946,andpronouncedher final vows atHolyFamily Novitiate.
As anFMM,avariety ofministries continuedtocharacterize Sr. Therese' life.In1949shewas an assistant groupmotherfor 25very young girls atDivine Providence Shelterfor threemonths,after whichshewas missionedto
McMahonShelter andserved as agroupmotherfor babiesfrom 6 months to2years old, remaining thereuntil 1957.ThenTherese studied atSt.Elizabeth’s School ofNursingin Brighton, Ma.
Obtainingher RN,after whichshe was missionedtoSt.Francis Hospital,Roslyntobeoperating roomstaff nurse. Shewas promotedtooperatingroom assistantandin1968became operating room supervisor until May, 1972.
Several years later,she graduatedMagnaCum Laude witha B.S.inNursingfromSt. Louis University. Sheobtaineda
Master inBusinessAdministration at Adelphi Universityafter which sheserved asthe Executive Director ofSt.FrancisHospital from 1977to1979.While at Roslyn, Sister served ontheJoint Medical NursingPractices Committee,InfectionControl Committee,andtheBloodBank Committee.
After aSabbatical,shewas appointedtheCoordinator and Directress ofHealthServices In theFranciscanMissionaries of MaryNursingFacility.
Subsequentministrieswere Clinical Pastoral Care,Hospitality for Children,Careof Elderly, and sick Sisters.
After completingaprogramin Clinical PastoralEducationshe begananewministryinwhich her gifts oflisteningwitha compassionateheartcametothe fore.Inher ownwords shewrote: “MypresencetothoseIminister
tois importantandasHenry Nouwenwrites in his bookThe LivingReminder (SeaburyPress, N.Y. 1977),...Althoughthis ministry of presenceis undoubtedly very meaningful,it
alwaysneeds tobebalanced bya ministry of absence.This is so becauseitbelongs tothe essence ofacreativeministry constantly to convertthepainoftheLord's absenceintoadeeper understandingofhis presence.
To bepresenttothese peopleas aChaplainis afull timeministry.”
After serious illnessandsurgery Theresewas nolongerableto servein activeministry.Her ministrybecamethat of intercessoryprayer fortheChurch andtheworld.
Thereseboreherfinalillness courageously. She died as she lived,quietlyandgently, surroundedbyher FMM Sisters andNursingStaff.