On Christmas Day our Sister Teresa Winsen joined the choirs of angels singing “Glory to God in the Highest” when she died at Park Vista. She was 80 years old.
In her 57 years of active ministry, Sister Teresa distinguished herself in education and leadership in Catholic schools, parishes and for the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown. She taught at Immaculate Conception, St. Columba, and St. Patrick Schools in Youngstown. She also served as principal at St. Patrick, Immaculate Conception, St. Brendan, and St. Joseph, Austintown.
Sister Teresa was elected to leadership of the Ursuline Sisters in 1972, serving as Temporal Coordinator in addition to her ministry as principal at Immaculate Conception. She was elected General Superior of the Ursuline Sisters in 1976 for a 4-year term.
After her term as Superior, Sister Teresa began parish ministry and worked in several local parishes including St. Maron, St. Patrick, Leetonia, St. John, Campbell, St. Anthony, Youngstown, and Holy Trinity, Struthers.
In the 1980s, Sister Teresa was appointed Associate Director of the Office of Religious Education for the Maronite Eparchy of Brooklyn. In this capacity, she helped publish a Marionite Religious Education textbook series. In 2000, Sister Teresa was awarded the Cross Pro-Ecclesia et Pontifce, i.e., the Cross for the Church and the Pontiff, by Pope John Paul II. This award is given to clergy and laity who have given service to the Church.
Calling hours for Sister Teresa will be 4:00 to 4:45 pm, Wednesday December 28, 2011, at the Ursuline Motherhouse, 4250 Shields Rd., Canfield. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 5:00 pm immediately after calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown.