Sister Theresa Lardner OP (Tecie) formerly Sr. Mary Brian, a member of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Blauvelt, New York for the past 58 years died on May 20, 2013 in St. Martin de Porres Infirmary. She was 78 years of age.
Sr. Tecie was born to Thomas J. Lardner and Mary Ann Morgan on March 14, 1938 in the Bronx. She entered the Sisters of St. Dominic on September 11, 1955 from Holy Spirit Parish, Bronx, NY. She received the Dominican habit on June 16, 1956, professed her first vows on June 18, 1957, and final vows on July 2, 1963. Sister received a BS in Education from Dominican College, Orangeburg, NY, an MA in Catechetical Theology from Manhattan College, Bronx NY, a Certificate in Theological Studies from Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, CA, and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Aquinas Institute, St. Louis, MO.
Sister Tecie’s many years of active ministry were devoted to the education of youth. Sister taught at the following schools; St. Anselm's School, Bronx, NY 1958-1960; St. Joseph's School, Millbrook, NY 1960-1966; Our Lady of the Assumption School, Bronx, NY, 1966-1968; St. Nicholas of Tolentine School, Bronx, NY, 1968-1969. She was Archdiocesan Regional Coordinator, Office of Christian Family Development, Staten Island Office, 1969-1975; Religious Education Coordinator, St. Joseph Parish, Millbrook, NY, 1975-1978; Pastoral Ministry, Holy Trinity, West Point, NY, 1978-1988; Pastoral Ministry, Our Lady of Loreto Parish; Cold Spring, NY, 1989-1993; Councilor, Sisters of S1. Dominic, Blauvelt, NY, 1993- 1999; Co-director of the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate, Manchester, MO, 1999-2002; Director of New Membership/Vocation for the Sisters of St. Dominic, Blauvelt, NY 2002-2005; Formation Director for the Sisters of St Dominic/Secretary St. John's School, Goshen, NY, 2003-2007; Liturgist, Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Tenafly, NJ, 2007-2008; Spiritual Care Coordinator of United Hospice of Rockland, NY, 2009-2012. In addition to her religious congregation, Sr. Tecie is survived by her sisters, Nancy Hynes, Rita Sullivan, Sr. Patricia Lardner OP. and several nieces and nephews. Sister was predeceased by her sister Catherine Waters.