Medical Mission Sister Associate Therese Connolly was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school in 1964, Therese entered the Medical Mission Sisters desiring to be a Canonical member. She studied at St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, where she earned a B.S. in Nursing in 1972. For 27 years, she provided nursing services to the people of Ghana and Nigeria and was active in formation work. After ending her Canonical Membership in 1997, she became one of our Associate members. Since the late ’90s, Therese has worked in a variety of nursing positions, including as a Mental Health Intensive Case Manager at the Philadelphia Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center. She says, “It’s my heart’s desire that the beautiful healing charism of our Society influences how I live and all that I do. It is a way of being, not a thing that I do.” Since early 2015, Therese has been the Residential Care Coordinator for our Sisters in Philadelphia in need of skilled nursing care.