Sister Mary's Story
Sister Mary Teresa Floyd, 86, of Danville, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 2, 2018, at Emmanuel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Danville.
Originally named Beth, she was born May 31, 1931, in Barnesville, N.C., a daughter of the late Claud Everette and Stella (Murray) Floyd.
Beth spent her formative years in Raleigh, N.C., where she attended high school and Edenton Street Methodist Church. She embraced the Catholic faith in 1951 while working in Washington, D.C.
On April 24, 1952, Beth entered the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Baltimore, Md., where she was given the name Sister Mary of Saint Teresa. During her early years in the convent, she worked with troubled adolescent girls in several Good Shepherd residential programs. Sister Teresa graduated from Notre Dame College in Baltimore and received a master's degree in social work at the Catholic University of America.
Among her notable accomplishments, Sister Teresa served as administrator of Good Shepherd programs in Reading from 1967 to 1970 and at Germantown, Philadelphia from 1970-1973. She also worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons for one year, doing a survey of Federal half-way houses throughout the country.
In 1977, she was one of the founders of a community in Garner, N.C., and was offered a position at the Women's Correctional Center in Raleigh, NC. Sister Teresa also served as administrator of several half-way community services for former prisoners in Raleigh. In 1991, she became administrator of the Good Shepherd Sisters' program in Guam, serving abused women and children.
In 1995, Sister Teresa was again part of a group of Sisters who made a new foundation in Orlando, Fla. She opened a transitional housing program for homeless women and their children on May 31, 1996. Her generosity and zeal evoked the same response in others who enjoyed working and volunteering for her, desiring to be part of her vision. Her strength came from her deep faith and commitment to contemplation. Prayer sustained her.
Sister Teresa served on her Congregation's International Apostolic Commission. She traveled to Paris and Amsterdam to observe the work being done with prostitutes. Her experience with this group of Good Shepherd Sisters from many countries enkindled her spirit of zeal as they worked and studied to better understand the uniqueness of their Congregation which proclaims the value of every human life.
After 19 years in Orlando, Sister Teresa moved to a Good Shepherd elder care setting in Baltimore where she enjoyed several years of "retirement." She moved to Danville in December 2017. She is survived by nieces and nephews and their numerous children all around the country.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Maria Hall, 190 Maria Hall Drive, Danville, with the Rev. Gerard T. Heintzelman as celebrant. Friends and family are invited to a wake at 11 a.m.
Burial will follow in the Sisters of the Good Shepherd Cemetery, 537 Venard Road, Clarks Summit.
The family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, 7654 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, MO 63121.
Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home Inc., 42 W. Mahoning St., Danville.
Published on April 4, 2018