A Gentle Touch! Sister Thérèse Arru is the eldest of five children. She, her two sisters and two brothers were born in Louisville, Kentucky. Hers is a loving family with strong ties to Italy. After graduating from Nazareth Academy, Thérèse attended Nazareth College. Before Thérèse entered the SCN Novitiate, she and her sister visited relatives in Italy..
After Sister Thérèse made vows on July 19, 1963, she began her ministry in healthcare at St. Vincent Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas. .In the 35 years of her ministry as a Radiological/Nuclear Medical Technologist, Thérèse served also at St. Joseph, Lexington, Kentucky; Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Flaget Memorial Hospital in Bardstown, Kentucky.
Thérèse said that she found all the places where she ministered enjoyable and challenging, but Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga was her favorite because: “I dearly loved the special family spirit that existed among the people and the SCNs with whom I ministered there.” Her co-workers at St. Joseph Hospital remember Thérèse’s gentle peacefulness and the perfect order of everything in the nuclear medicine department, which she headed.
While working at Flaget Hospital, Thérèse lived at Nazareth. On September 9, 2 004, Thérèse was appointed as full-time coordinator of the sisters living at Nazareth Motherhouse..
The sick, the homeless and those who are less fortunate, not only in our own country but throughout the world, have always held a special place in Thérèse’s heart. Her special interests are reading, walking, and just enjoying the natural beauty of God’s creation.
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