Review of The Theresian Story: Women in Support of Women
Review of The Theresian Story: Women in Support of Women by Elwood C. Voss, Patricia Mullen and others, eds. by Gail Murphy Schneider, Women at the Well Community, Dubuque, Iowa
As a Theresian, you probably know quite a bit about our patron, St. Thérèse of Lisieux. But do you know the history behind this beautiful organization of which you are a part?
In 1961, Msgr. Elwood C. Voss, then a priest in the Diocese of Pueblo, Colorado, had an idea. He realized that although women in the church were quite involved in doing things for others, there was something lacking – an organization that existed FOR those same women.
Msgr. Voss’ idea began with a group of 32 women in Pueblo in 1961 and has since grown into an international organization. In 1986, Msgr Voss, along with Patricia Mullen, wrote a history of Theresians: The Theresian Story. The book was updated in 1996.
I encourage you to read The Theresian Story to learn more about Msgr. Voss and the women who played a role in the history of Theresians. The book is available to download as a PDF or you can contact the Theresian office about purchasing a copy.
A personal note: I was never privileged to meet Msgr. Voss. After my first regional conference, I sent Msgr. Voss a card and note, expressing my gratitude to him for having the wisdom and foresight to start this wonderful organization for women. In return, he sent me a brief note thanking me and telling me that he was in a retirement home with a rare illness that had no cure, but that he was at peace and anxious to go to God. He signed it “Love, Woody”. Msgr. Voss died just a few months later.