|Sister Teresa Ann Harrington O.S.B.|
|June 30, 1927 - February 14, 2012|
|Rock Island, Illinois|
|Visitation: 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday February 16, 2012 at St. Mary Monastery, 2200 88th Ave. W., Rock Island, Ill.|
|Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m. Friday February 17, 2012 at St. Mary Monastery, 2200 88th Ave. W., Rock Island, Ill.|
|Vigil Service: 7:00 p.m. Thursday February 16, 2012 at St. Mary Monastery, 2200 88th Ave. W., Rock Island, Ill.|
|Interment: Friday February 17, 2012 at Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island, Ill. |
|Sister Teresa Ann (Theresa Jane) Harrington O.S.B., 84 of St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 at the Monastery.|
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. on Friday in the Chapel of St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island. Burial is at Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Monastery, where a Christian wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. Mary Monastery, 2200 88th Ave. W., Rock Island, IL 61201.
Theresa Jane Harrington was born on June 30, 1927 in Urbana, Ill., the daughter of Earl and Genevieve Eddy Harrington. She attended Holy Cross School, Champaign, Ill. and graduated from St. Mary's Academy, Nauvoo, Ill. She received a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois, Champaign and a Master's degree in Theology from St. John's University, Collegeville, Minn.
Sister Teresa Ann entered the Benedictine community on Sept. 8, 1946 and made her first profession as a Benedictine Sister on July 12, 1948. Her ministry included teaching piano, organ, voice and choral groups at St. Boniface School in Peoria and St. Mary's Academy in Nauvoo, as well as teaching high school Religion at Bergan High School in Peoria. She had served as Novice Director at St. Mary Monastery and was Prioress of the Monastery from 1972 to 1980. Sister Teresa Ann served as a Pastoral Associate at St. Pius X Parish, Rock Island, after which she ministered at St. Mary Monastery as Director of the Temporary Professed Sisters, Liturgy and Music Director, and Spiritual Director.
She is survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Peggy Porter and Thomas and Andrea Harrington; her Benedictine Sisters; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother and sister-in-law, W. Kenneth and Leta Porter.
Online condolences may be left at www.wheelanpressly.com.
Sr. Ann we will miss your smiling face and lively personality. We will keep you in our prayers and hopefully you will keep us in yours.
-- Ellen and Norma Johnson
Sisiter Teresa Ann was our novice mistres in the early sixties when I was a novice. I'm sure she will be missed by all of us who were under her wings. May she rest in peace, and God bless her surviving Benedictine sisters.
-- Betsy Schwager
Peace and grace are the two words I would use to describe Sr. Teresa Ann. She had a peaceful soul and a calmness about her that encompassed those around her. Her knowledge in Theology was wonderful and she shared it with many. I had the blessing of knowing her as an Oblate Director. She will be dearly missed, but her memory will live on in my heart.
-- Jeany Siegfried
You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sister Teresa Ann will be missed by all who have ever had the pleasure of meeting her. Marge Ksycki Maroon & Family
-- Marge Ksycki Maroon
Please know my thoughts and prayers are with the community as you mourn a wonderful person. It was with sorrow and shock when I read the obituary this morning. But I am sure she is part of the heavenly choir right now. My love and prayers go out to you at this sad time.
-- Donna Hettiger
You are in our thoughts and prayers!
-- Jeanne Murphy Hutchison
I send sypathy and the promise of prayers to the community of St Mary upon the death of Sr Theresa Ann. May she rest in peace.
-- Msgr James Ramer
I offer my condolences to the family but especially to the Benedictine Sisters at St. Mary Monastery. Sr. Teresa Ann was a great support to the priests and people who tried to implement the changes mandated by the Church after Vatican II. I offered prayers for her at the Masses I presided at in the chapel at Provena Covenant Hospital in Champaign on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 16 & 17. May she rest in Peace.
-- Fr. George Remm
We all have that first memory of Sr. Teresa Ann. Mine, dating from 1954 at St. Boniface in Peoria, was one of mystery and magic as many of us watched her play the pipe organ to accompany the Mass said by Fr. Anthanatius...she had "happy feet" on the pedals and many of us were hooked on music at that point. She trained many of us on Piano, some on organ. Most of us went on to other things, degrees, families, etc. But we all remember Sr. Teresa Ann and how kind she was to us all. She touched the lives of many. Only by accident did I learn today of her passing and to her family and sisters at St. Mary's we send our condolences, knowing that she is playing God's mighty instruments of music and praise, much to God's delight...as she delighted us for so many years.
-- Larry Hagemann
Dear Sisters, my prayers and thoughts are with you as you say good bye to your sister. Her compassion, happiness, and love will be missed by many. I am grateful to have known her. Sr. Teresa Ann rest in peace and I feel you are already singing with the angels.
-- Annie Frasor Lunn
When I received a letter from St. Mary's Monastery, I was reluctant to open it. I knew it was probably a notice about Teresa's death.
She was a most beautiful person, inside and out. We didn't have many opportunities to be together in person, but when those times came, it was a real joy to both of us.
I am grateful for having known Teresa for many years; she was a real gift, not only to me but to all who knew her. I'm sure heaven's an even more wondrful place because she has arrived. My prayers are for all those she left behind, especially community and family.
-- Sr. Colleen Winston, OSB, St. Walburg Monastery, Villa Hills, KY