Sister Mary Jean Olsovsky, O.P.
Doris Jean Olsovsky
Sister Mary Jean was born in Taylor, Texas. She and her family lived on a farm and she recalls spending the summers working with her parents in the field, taking care of animals, collecting vegetables and fruits from the garden and fruit trees. Her dad was a beekeeper so she even helped get the honey. Sister Mary Jean attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Taylor.
In September 1960 Sister Mary Jean entered Sacred Heart convent. “I always wanted to make a difference in my life. A life of service always attracted me! I felt I could serve others best if I belonged to a religious congregation. The Sisters at St. Mary’s encouraged me to enter.”
Sister Mary Jean attended Dominican College and later attended the University of San Francisco.
Her first teaching assignment was at Queen of Peace Catholic School in Houston, Texas. She taught 5thgrade. She moved to St. Joseph Catholic School in Port Arthur, Texas and then to St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School in Nederland, Texas and was there for three years. In 1968 Sister Mary Jean moved back to Houston and taught math and science at Assumption Catholic School for one year before moving to Whittier, California where she taught eighth grade for five years at St. Mary’s Catholic School. In 1973 Sister Mary Jean served as principal at Holy Rosary Catholic School in San Bernardino, California until 1979. She came back to Texas, teaching 6th grade at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Austin for two years. In 1981 she became principal of Sacred Heart, serving that community for an additional 21 years.
In 2003 Sister Mary Jean moved to Georgetown, Texas teaching second grade for four years before becoming the principal at St. Helen Catholic School. “My ministry has been Catholic education. My greatest challenge wass creating a Catholic school environment in today’s society. St. Helen Catholic School has the strongest Catholic identity of the schools in which I have served.” Sister Mary Jean served as principal of St. Helen Catholic School for 8 years. “The goal was to provide a Catholic school that offers a strong academic program integrated with Gospel values.”
In June of 2016 Sister Mary Jean was elected Vicaress of the Dominican Leadership Council. She currently resides at St. Joseph's Convent in Houston. She enjoys baking, embroidery and gardening.
From notes submitted by Sister Mary Jean Olsovsky, O.P. in June 2014. Updated March 20, 2017.