Sister Therese Blecha

January 7, 2013 by

BIRTH NAME:   Eloise Ann Blecha
RELIGIOUS NAME:  Sister Mary Therese
PARENTS:  Ernest and Eleanor Blecha
HOMETOWN:  Belleville, Kan.
BS in chemistry and biology, Marymount College, Salina; MST in chemistry and biology, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks; MS in organic chemistry and PhD in chemical education, Kansas State University, Manhattan
1965-69  Saints Peter & Paul High School, Boonville Mo., teaching general science, biology, chemistry and physics
1969-72  Sacred Heart High School, Salina, teaching biology and chemistry
1976-89  Marymount College,  Salina, chemistry Instructor
1989-93  Saint Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, Ind., chemistry professor
1993-2008  Sisters of St Joseph of  Concordia, treasurer and director of business affairs
2008-2012  Cloud County Community College, Concordia, paraprofessional tutoring in different areas of science
2012-present   Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, congregational Leadership Council

As you look back on your years as a Sister of St. Joseph of Concordia, what experience or event best captures what your religious life has meant to you (and why)?

My experience and understanding of religious life has evolved over the past 50 years.

Growing up on a farm, much of my time was spent outdoors in solitude with nature. I think this was what first attracted me to the religious life, which I envisioned as a life of solitude and quiet time to grow in the awareness of God’s love.  After a few years of living the religious life I found that the “life of solitude and quiet” was many times replaced with much activity.

I chose to be a teacher for high school students and then for college students and what a support system I had from the sisters with whom I lived and prayed. This was certainly a manifestation of God’s love for me and for others that I had not expected.  I enjoyed working with the young folks not only in helping them in the learning process but also just being interested in their lives and helping them at times in their personal needs.

Following my years of teaching I was asked to be the treasurer of the congregation.  In carrying out my work as treasurer, I became aware of all of the different ministries our sisters were doing and came to a greater realization of what our religious life was about, that of being open to the Holy Spirit in guiding us to where we can best serve the needs of others.

Our mission as Sisters of St. Joseph is that we live and work that all people may be united with God and with one another. In all of this I have come to realize that I need to
make an effort each day to serve the needs of others in whatever way I can and that is how I will continue to grow in my awareness of God’s love not only for me but for each person.

So, what I expected in my youth, that I would have a life of solitude and peace in God’s love, was turned upside down and I found God’s love and presence in loving and serving the neighbor.


2 Responses to “Sister Therese Blecha”

  1. elbridge (Skip) griffy on February 26th, 2019 9:36 am

    Greetings and much love to you sister. I will never forget the wonderful time I had studying Organic Chemistry with you up on the hill (88-89). I believe we bonded over our shared love of science, the women’s basketball team and sharing about your brother who I may share some common character traits with. Your presence has had a lasting affect on me and my life. You are a beacon for Gods love and a really great person. I can never repay you so I just try to pay it forward every day. I hope that you are well.

    Thank you sister

    Skip Griffy

  2. mary glenn-gonzalez on March 17th, 2013 4:37 pm

    I remember her when I lived in the St Joseph Childerns home in Salina. Very intelligent woman.

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