Sister Lou Anne Hill, O.P.
Sister M. Madeleine Hill, O.P.
Sister Lou Ann Hill was born to Frances Leonard Hill and Arthur Hill. Her family lived in Beaumont, Texas.
In 1947 she entered Sacred Heart Convent. “I felt like it was something I should do. My family was surprised, but they came around to understand this is what I was meant to do.”
Sister Lou Ann attended both Dominican College and later the University of Houston where she earned a Masters in Education. Over her 33 years in the classroom, Sister Lou Ann taught at Sacred Heart Catholic School, St. Pius X High School and at St. Agnes Academy in Houston, at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Galveston and at St. Francis de Sales Catholic School and St. Paul Catholic High School in California. “I enjoyed high school. I loved teaching math and science.” After leaving the classroom, Sister Lou Ann spent eleven years as a private tutor helping students succeed in their studies.
In 1983 she worked as a medical technologist at Houston Diagnostic and in 1989 moved to MD Anderson Cancer Center working as an Infectious Control Practitioner. “I enjoyed this job the most. It was different from teaching. People came from all over the world needing help and I was there to help them navigate things. It was very rewarding to see the change you were effecting.”
When asked about what it has meant to her to be a Dominican Sister for the past 68 years, she smiled. “I have enjoyed being a Dominican Sister. It is fulfilling to know I am doing what I should.”
In 1996 Sister Lou Ann retired. She currently lives at St. Dominic Villa with her companion sisters.
Interview with Sister Lou Ann Hill, O.P. on May 12, 2014.