In 1941, while the Second World War was taking its toll on European soil, William and Dorothy Terry welcomed their first child, Darlene, who was eventually to become Darlene Terry, PBVM. Alan, their second child, was born 11 years later.
Montebello, California was home for many years through elementary school at Saint Benedict and high school at Sacred Heart of Mary. She reflected back with amazement when hearing the ever-present cry that class sizes needed to be reduced, and marveled at how, in classes of 80 or so students as it was in grades 1 through 4, students learned math and reading so very well. Sister Darlene remarked, “I suppose it was a combination of good teaching and few outside distractions to occupy kids’ minds in those days.”
It was in sixth grade that she recalled first thoughts of a religious vocation. Throughout high school, sports, dating, etc., thoughts of religious life remained. As graduation approached, she seriously considered becoming an RSHM (Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary), applied and was accepted. However, encouraged by her parents to wait, she did. Six years later, following work experience, some college, and two different experiences of coaching girls’ sports at Saint Benedict School, Sister Darlene decided that Presentation was calling her. In 1965, at age 24, she made the drive up Bear Creek Road and entered the Novitiate with 12 other young women. Three of them remain in religious life.
In 1968, and newly professed, she went back down Bear Creek Road. Teaching took her to Saint Patrick and Saint John Vianney schools in San Jose. Sister Darlene said, “I quickly learned that, while the kids were really cute, primary grades were not for me.” Along the way, she received her B.A. from California State University, San Jose, followed by a Lifetime Teaching Credential.
Final profession took place at Saint John Vianney Church in 1974. In 1975, Sister Darlene was assigned to Saint Catherine School in Morgan Hill as principal. Two years later she returned to her roots, Saint Benedict School, as principal for eight years. “What a thrill it was for me to return to Montebello and the elementary school that I loved, and where I had received such a wonderful education.” An M.A. in education from the University of San Diego was earned in 1981. In 1988 she moved into parish work as a Confirmation Coordinator. Darlene reflected, “It was during my experiences as an educator that I came to realize that some families needed help beyond what I, or teachers, were able to provide; hence I pursued and received an M.S. in Counselling Psychology from Mount St. Mary College in 1996.”
The next adventure involved Sister Darlene in two part-time ministries in the Diocese of San Bernardino: she coordinated a high school Confirmation program in a parish and provided marriage and family therapy through Catholic Charities. Both provided means for improving peoples’ lives spiritually, socially, and emotionally. Opportunities for creativity, as well as many challenges, were also provided! The post-graduate degrees have served Sister Darlene and others well.
Following that, she was invited to serve as the Congregational Secretary for the Sisters of the Presentation in San Francisco. She was secretary for six years, ending with the close of that Administration’s term of office in 2016.
Since then, Sister Darlene has been retired and spends time with other areas of interest, such as puzzles, to keep her mind active.
|1970 – 1971||Teacher, St. Patrick School, San Jose|
|1971 – 1973||Teacher, Counselor, St. Benedict School, Montebello|
|1973 – 1975||Teacher, St. John Vianney School, San Jose|
|1975 – 1977||Principal, St. Catherine School, Morgan Hill|
|1977 – 1985||Principal, St. Benedict School, Montebello|
|1985 – 1986||Secretary, Community Law Center, Whittier|
|1986 – 1987||Teacher, St. Raymond School, Downey|
|1987 – 1988||Teacher, St. Pius X School, Santa Fe Springs|
|1988 – 1992||Youth Program Coordinator, St.John of God Parish, Norwalk|
|1992 – 1993||Youth Minister, St. Margaret Mary Parish, Chino|
|1993 – 1994||Youth Minister, St. Margaret Mary Parish, Chino; Student, Mt. St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles|
|1994 – 1995||Youth Minister, St. Margaret Mary Parish, Chino; M.A. Student part-time|
|1995 – 1997||Director of Youth Ministry, St. Margaret Mary Parish, Chino; Marriage & Family Therapy Intern, Catholic Charities|
|2002 – 2005||Confirmation Coordinator, St. Margaret Mary Parish, Chino; Marriage & Family Therapy Intern, Catholic Charities|
|2005 – 2008||Counseling Intern, Catholic Charities,Chino|
|2008 – 2009||Counseling Intern, Diocese of San Bernardino|
|2009 – 2010||Counseling Intern, Catholic Charities|
|2011 – 2016||Congregational Secretary, Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco|
|2016 – 2019||Volunteer Services, Motherhouse, San Francisco|
|2019 – 2020||Ministry of Prayer, Motherhouse, San Francisco|
|2020 – 2022||Ministry of Prayer, Motherhouse, San Francisco; Coordinator, Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco|