Sister Heloise Cruzat, O.P.
Sister Heloise was born in Houston, Texas. She lived in the Heights with her parents, Joseph Cruzat and Inez JuncaCruzat and her sister Inez Juanita. “It brings me great joy that my childhood home still exists and is being lovingly tended by its current owners whom I have had the pleasure of meeting.” Her father was an accountant for the Southern Pacific Railroad and her mother a very capable homemaker. Sister Heloise attended All Saints Catholic School and St. Agnes Academy.
Sister Heloise entered the convent in September 1951. “I first felt my call as a young child visiting the convent of All Saints Catholic School. The call never left me. I completed two years at the University of St. Thomas before entering.”
Sister Heloise’s degree area is in foreign language, French and Spanish. She holds a BA from Dominican College and an MA from St. Louis University.
In 1955 she taught French, Spanish and Latin at St. Agnes Academy and in 1966 after eleven years serving the school she became Principal there. In 1981 she began working with alumni and development at St. Pius X High School for three years before serving as their Principal from 1984-1991. Sister Heloise has many stories from heryears in education. “There are many memorable experiences, but my former students seem to appreciate my code of silence.”
Following her time at St. Pius X High School, she went on to serve twelve years in congregational administration.During that period, Sr. Heloise had the pleasure and privilege of meeting and interacting with Dominican women and men regionally, nationally, and internationally. “I grow ever more grateful for my call to the Order of Preachers and to Dominican life and mission!”
Sister Heloise currently resides at St. Joseph Conventin Houston. She serves as Vicar for Religious for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and is chair of the Labyrinth Committee. She enjoys baking and photography. Her interest in gardening makes her a good Dominican liaison for the volunteers who tend the Dominican Sisters’ Community Garden.
From notes submitted by Sister Heloise Cruzat, O.P. 2014.