Theresa Ann (T. A.) Walkiewicz, the oldest of four, grew up in Johnsonburg, PA, where she attended Holy Rosary Grade School and Johnsonburg High School. She received a degree in Elementary Education from Villa Maria College and a Masters in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maryland. As a Sister of St. Joseph, her first assignment was teaching second grade at St. Joseph’s School. After much prayer, counseling, and discernment, T. A. realized she did not have a true vocation to religious life, and she left the community.
A God-centered life, some form of Christian community, and using her gifts and talents for the growth of God’s kingdom on earth are central to who she is.
In 1991, she married Chet. They were part of the newly-formed Bread of Life Community, where both were very active and involved. He died December 1, 2012. Her trust in God deepened as a widow.
T. A. is part of many ministries at St. Joseph Church – Bread of Life Community: second grade Religious Education teacher, lector, Extraordinary Minister, Children’s Ministry, leader of several small groups, and Healing Prayer Team.
She received the release of the Holy Spirit and is very involved with the Word of Life Catholic Charismatic Renewal Center, where she has been part of many retreat teams, participated and led many Life in the Spirit seminars and three ALPHA Courses, and does prison ministry at Cambridge Springs. She has also been a spiritual director for many years. One of her greatest joys is helping people to come into a personal relationship with Jesus. Journaling is her favorite form of prayer.