Sister Paschal Hoelscher, O.P.
Mildren Hoelscher (RIP + 1/20/2016)
Sister Paschal Hoelscher was born in Westphalia, Texas. She lived there with her parents, ElenoraNeihausHoelscher and Godfrey Hoelscher. She and her seven siblings all attended St. Mary’s Catholic School.
The Sisters at St. Mary’s were very influential in her young life. “Their teachings were an extension of what my parents taught me. It was all very natural.” Sister Paschal knew from a young age she wanted to enter the convent. “When I was in the second grade the Sisters told me that if I wanted to be a sister I had to say three Hail Mary’s a day. I did it and here I am.”
Sister Paschal taught for 58 years. “I love little children so the grade I enjoyed teaching the most was the first grade. The littler the better.” Sister taught at Christ the King Catholic School and St. Mary’s Catholic Schools in Houston; St. Anthony Cathedral in Beaumont, St. Anne Catholic School in Nacogdoches, Texas; and St. Charles Catholic School in Nederland, Texas; St. Francis de Sales Catholic School in Riverside, California; St. Patrick Catholic School in Lufkin, Texas; Our Lady’s Catholic School in Sulfur, Louisiana. Sister Paschal spent 35 years teaching at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Taylor, Texas.
Sister Paschal retired from teaching in 2002 but continued to be active in the schools. She served as school assistant in the clinic and cafeteria and tutored students as well.
Over these past years she has enjoyed living with her companion Dominican Sisters. “Being a Dominican Sister all these years has been very, very wonderful. It is a wonderful feeling knowing that I have had my dreams fulfilled.”
Sister Paschal currently resides at St. Dominic Village.
Interview on with Sister Paschal Hoelscher, O.P. April 16, 2014.