Sister Theresa Stegman entered religious life from St. Mary parish in Sharpsburg, Pa. She credits her seventh-grade teacher, Sister Mary Grace Walter, as the person who most influenced her vocation.
She earned a master of arts from the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico. Her ministry, which began in 1958, includes serving as education director (Hispanic Ministry Office) for the Diocese of Cleveland, in Ohio (1996–97); pastoral associate (1998–05) and initial formation mentor director (2007–08) for Sacred Heart Chapel in Lorain, Oh.; assistant to the regional director in Peru (2006); novice director for the Diocese of Springfield, Ill. (2008–10); and St. Peter School in Lorain (2010–13); and since 2013, she has ministered as part-time chaplain at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain.
In 2001, Sister Theresa and seven members of Sacred Heart Chapel, including Sister Carmen Torres, also a Sister of Divine Providence, traveled to El Salvador to help one of the diocese’s mission parishes, Santo Domingo Church, recover from a devastating earthquake. The group, which brought tools, medical supplies, blankets, clothing, and computer equipment, helped to rebuild a residence at the parish for four Dominican nuns.
Sister Theresa finds that the most satisfying aspect of her religious life is the time she spends helping others experience and know God as a personal God.