DHS Multicultural Ministry Experience

Sister SpittleOver the past year we have run several articles featuring some of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit who are involved in various ministries on both the east and west coasts of the USA. These articles have received many favorable comments and questions from our readers and from the Sisters themselves. So we continue this feature as we focus in on the life and service of Sister Theresa Spittle, DHS.

Born Marie Bernadette Theresa on June 9, 1941, Theresa grew in the love and life of her native Burlington, Vermont.  She loved the Daughters of the Holy Spirit and decided to spend her life as a member of the Congregation. She professed her first vows in 1961 and continued her college education at Annhurst earning her BA degree and entering the field of education.

Sister moved to California in 1966 and has taught at various levels in different schools in the cities of West Sacramento, Davis, Merced and Stockton. She retired from full time teaching in 2008 only to find herself involved  and fully committed to a part time position in a school for adults where she conducts an English as a Second Language class for entry level students.

Theresa’s days are generally full and varied. She starts most days joining her parish community for daily mass where she serves as lector and Eucharistic minister. Theresa also is an active member of the St. Bernadette parish Ladies Guild and of the St. Vincent de Paul Society that focuses on assisting those in need.

Sister Spittle also makes it a point to meet regularly with other DHS in the region to plan programs and to participate in meetings of DHS Associates whenever they take place.

Sr. Theresa states that the center of her life is clearly her multicultural classroom in which she serves some 18-40 well-vetted adult learners from such countries as Mexico, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Syria and Jordan at any given time. She underscores the fact that “It is open enrollment...it is a challenge and a privilege to teach these students so they can function better in the American culture”.

The photo shows Sister to the far right in the last row in a small classroom setting.  For more information concerning this ministry and DHS involvement, feel free to contact Sister Theresa at bspainm@gmail.com  To learn more about other DHS ministries, check out our opening page drop downs or give us a call at 860-928-0891 ext. 119.


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