“My personal history is one directed by a loving Heavenly Father, a loving family, and a loving religious community – and how happy I am to express aloud some of my cherished recollections."
When Sister Therese Mary Foote wrote her first St. Catherine letter on August 5, 1980, she began her personal story with the above words.
Dorothy Marilyn Foote was born April 23, 1926, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Francis (“Frank”) and Florence Walsh Foote. She was the youngest of three children, after Bob, the oldest, and Jean. Frank came from a Protestant family, but as his relationship with Florence grew, “he chose to take instructions in order to learn more about a faith that could influence so beautiful a person as Mom,” Sister Therese Mary wrote.
Sister Therese Mary called her father intelligent, sensitive, and ambitious, an excellent judge of character, and someone with a sense of humor and the ability to persevere. He was a traveling salesman until a comment from little Dorothy changed everything. When he was on the road, Dorothy got to sleep in her mother’s bed, but when he came home she had to forfeit her coveted spot – and was none too happy about it. At one point, she asked her mother, “Is that man coming home again?” and when Frank heard that his own child referred to him as “that man,” he knew it was time to stay home for good.
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I cannot begin to tell you the influence Sister had on my life. She taught me to be inquisitive, kind and a critical thinker which had served me well. She was also fun! I had the chance to visit with her a year ago and am now so grateful I got the chance to thank her in person. My years at the academy and with her were wonderful and the person I am today is largely in part to all those experiences both with the teaching staff and the students. I will miss her/
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