Sister Veronica Borski, O.P.
Sister M. Veronic Borski, O.P. (RIP + 3/24/2015)
June 30, 1924 + March 24, 2015
Sister Veronica was born in Richards, Texas. She and her seven brothers and sisters grew up in Anderson, Texas on a farm. “We spent our time exploring the creek and wooded area around our home. It was a happy childhood.”
After high school she moved to California with her sister and brother-in-law and worked to support the war efforts. During this time she felt a special calling and a young Dominican priest introduced to her the Mother General. “Becoming a Sister is something I had wanted probably all of my life even though I didn’t know any Sisters. I knew they prayed and worked and somewhere while growing up the idea came to me, then I put it aside. Then one day it seemed like a calling, a feeling that I was being told something without hearing a voice.” After seeking the council of the Mother General and the young priest, she answered this special calling and she entered the Sacred Heart Convent in 1945.
Sister Veronica taught elementary children during her years in the classroom, particularly enjoying teaching math and science. “I especially enjoyed teaching the fifth grade. She also spent several of her years serving as principal in many of these schools. Sister Veronica held positions at St. Augustine Catholic School and Assumption Catholic Schools in Houston, Texas, St. Mary’s Catholic School in Taylor, Texas, and St. Pius Catholic School in Beaumont. “I remember one year when I was teaching the 6th grade we did the Stations of the Cross outside. The children did all the work. It came out just perfect.”
In the early 1980’s Sister Veronica graduated from the University of Texas Nursing School. She worked in the hospital for awhile then went into private duty nursing with HIV patients.
Currently Sister Veronica is retired and living at St. Dominic Villa. She enjoys sewing and spends time working as receptionist for the Villa. “There is always something to do. There is more time for private prayers.”
Being a Dominican Sister has been wonderful for Sister Veronica. It is something she has really enjoyed over these many years. “I remember telling my parents many years ago, that I wanted to join the order. It’s the only time I ever saw my father cry. He was happy.”
Interview with Sister Veronica Borski, O.P. on January 22, 2014.