Sr. Teresa Mary Dolan – 75 Years

Born in New York City, Sister Teresa Mary (T.M.) Dolan is one of three Dolan daughters who became a Mission Helper.

She joined the Community in 1944, and her early ministries included home visitations, parish census and catechetics in Massachusetts, Maryland, Ohio and Texas, where her catechetics classes included Mexicans as well as Americans.

In Erie, Pennsylvania, she trained lay catechists and taught at St. Mark’s Seminary, Gannon College, and worked with youth groups at the Mission Helper Center.  Moving to Fairport, New York, in 1962, Sister Teresa Mary was Instructor of Catechetics at Sr. Bernard’s Seminary.

Back in Baltimore she served in the Archdiocesan CCD Office; she conducted sacramental programs, retreats and spirituality, scripture and prayer workshops.  Her next ministry took her to Cincinnati, Ohio, where she was the director and coordinator of “Studies in Spirituality” and other spiritual enhancement programs.

In 1982 she began a spirituality ministry at Annunciation Catholic Church in Altamonte Springs, Florida, and in 1995 was named the director of The Hermitage at Annunciation, where she carried out a ministry of spirituality centered on “The Long Retreat,” based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola.

She left Florida in 2012 and currently lives at St. Elizabeth Hall in Baltimore County.

Sister Teresa Mary has a B.S. degree in Psychology from Loyola University Maryland, a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Theology from Manhattanville College in New York, and a master’s degree in Spiritual Integration from Regis College, University of Toronto.