Reverend Mother Marie Therese Ego Okpala, PhD

Title: Psychologist and Founder
Company: The Daughters of Divine Promise
Location: Los Angeles, California, United States

Reverend Mother Marie Therese Ego Okpala, PhD, Psychologist and Founder at the Daughters of Divine Promise, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Health Care Professionals for dedication, achievements, and leadership in spiritual guidance and human services.

Mother Okpala is a teacher, psychologist, and social worker celebrating a lifetime of dedication to Catholic devotion and service to those in need. Born and raised in Achina, Nigeria, Mother Okpala was the fourth of her family’s fifteen children, and she received her earliest spiritual and practical education from her mother. By the age of ten, Mother Okpala felt called to religious life, describing herself as “a prayer for women.” She considers her purpose in life to be serving as a minister to adults and children in the midst of life transitions.

Mother Okpala holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and geography from the National University of Ireland, Master of Arts degrees in counseling and television production from Loyola Marymount University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in clinical psychology from the School of Professional Psychology. She spent much of her early career teaching at private and Catholic schools, ministering to the homeless, and producing televised Mass programs and other video outreach services for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. She developed the vision for the Daughters of Divine Promise in the late 1990s. The order was officially founded in 2005.

The Daughters of Divine Promise seeks to share Mother Okpala’s lifelong dedication to Catholic liturgy. She trains other women to reach their spiritual potential and continues her mission of service to the community through partnerships with area food banks and transitional housing facilities. In 2010, Mother Okpala received a commendation for her work from the Superior Court of Los Angeles. Further, she is the author of a book, “Regula Vitae,” and an active member of the Classical Choral Society and the Association of Black Psychologists. Mother Okpala attributes her success to her education and the inspiration to carry out God’s will, and she looks forward to continuing to illuminate and empower others through the Daughters of Divine Promise for years to come.

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