Alice Teresa Wood, SCN, is celebrating 75 years as a Sister of Charity of Nazareth. Today dozens of people around the world came together to honor the 91-year-old Sister and to recall the many home cooked meals she prepared and the lives she has touched.
At Nazareth, Sister Alice Teresa was honored during a celebratory Mass. Earlier in the morning friends and family surrounded her as she used Skype to connect with Leadership gathered in India. From Ranchi, India, members of Leadership, Candidates, Pre-Novices and Sisters sang to her and reflected upon her more than seven decades of service.
Sister Alice Teresa is a gifted cook and has carried out this ministry in Maryland, Ohio and Kentucky. She happily recalls life at St. Helena’s convent in Louisville where many Sisters would just drop by to enjoy her mouth watering meals. Guests often included Sisters from the Motherhouse in Nazareth who at that time were driven to Louisville by a gentleman named Bernard. One day Alice Teresa heard a knock at the door. When she opened it she found Bernard. “I didn’t bring the Sisters today,” said Bernard, “but knew I’d be welcome here for one of your home cooked meals!”
Sister Alice Teresa, a native of Hollywood, Maryland, is the youngest of nine children. She has fond memories of helping her father, a farmer, plant tobacco and corn.
She first began thinking about religious life when she was in seventh grade as she observed the dedication and kindness of an SCN, Sister Cyrilla.
Sister Alice Teresa, who joined the Congregation when she was 16, says she is grateful for having lived such a rich life. She now lives at the Motherhouse. Friends say she is anything but retired. She loves to crochet and makes baby afghans, kitchen towels, and tiny angels, and is famous for her raffles of “Sister of Charity” dolls. She recalls that learning to crochet was challenging as someone who is left-handed. Sister Alice Teresa says she was able to accomplish this feat by standing behind her sister and carefully watching the way she held the needle and formed the stitches.
Dozens of people lined up today to give Sister Alice Teresa hugs and to thank her for being an inspiration. Sister says she greatly appreciates this season of her life. “I have more time now to pray, reflect, and internalize what is going on in my life!”
Leaders of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, in Ranchi, India connect with Sister Alice Teresa Wood, in Nazareth, Kentucky, along her family on the day of her 75th Jubilee.