Sister Lydia Delgado, O.P.
Sister Lydia was born in San Benito, Texas to Lorenzo and Maria Delgado. She grew up with her brother and sister. Sister Lydia has fond memories of her family. “My parents were migrant workers. They placed an emphasis on education and taught me strong work ethics and pride in a job well done. They taught me to help others wherever I saw a need.”
Sister Lydia entered religious life in 1980. “I had a desire to dedicate my life to help others”. She attended St. Thomas University, graduating in 1984 with her Bachelors degree in Religious Education. After completing her studies, she was assigned to St. Anthony’s Cathedral in Beaumont where she servedfor nine years as Director of Religious Education.
In 1995 Sister Lydia returned to Houston and was hired by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, where she served as a client advocate, providing case management services to families living at St. Vincent de Paul Village. Sister Lydia was later asked to serve as Director of the Shelter. In this capacity she was responsible for supervising the staff of volunteers employed by the shelter, interviewed families asking to enter the shelter, hiring staff and coordinating repairs and upkeep of the property. “It was rewarding to assist families rebuild their lives. Families achieved self-sufficiency and many of their children went on to graduate from high school and college and are now active in a variety of professions.”
In 2002 Sister Lydia enrolled part time in the Masters of Social Work Program at the University of Houston and completed her studies in 2006. During the time she was going to graduate school, she worked in vocation ministry for the congregation, educating young women about religious life and encouraging them to consider it as a possibility.
Upon graduation from the University of Houston Sister Lydia she began working as a case manager in the Senior Services Program at Catholic Charities. As case manager she works with seniors, visiting them in their homes to complete assessments of their needs and providing them with resources allowing them to continue to live in their own homes safely for as long as possible. Sister Lydia has served in this role for the past eight years and plans to continue serving the elderly in Harris County in the future.
In her off time she enjoys working with crafts, doing counted cross-stitch, reading and going to the movies.
From notes submitted by Sister Lydia Delgado, O.P. 2014.