Sister Mary V Hugger, O.P.
Sister Antonious Hugger, O.P.
Sister Mary V. was born in Houston, Texas. She was the third of four children and the only girl. “I was a tomboy. I played sports-volleyball, basketball and softball. I also played sandlot football when the boys would let me.” She attended Holy Name Catholic School and went on to graduate from St. Agnes Academy.
Sister Mary V. entered the convent after graduating high school. “From the second grade I always wanted to be a teacher and a sister. My teachers had a lot to do with it. I was always around them, helping them.” Sister Mary V. had planned on entering Incarnate Word Convent in Houston, but ended up attending high school at St. Agnes with the Dominican Sisters. “When I was a junior Sister Matthew asked me what I was going to do. I told her I was entering Incarnate Word convent. She said, ‘Why don’t you join the Dominicans as we’re teachers too’. I thought about it and prayed about it a lot…and here I am.”
Sister Mary V. attended Mount St. Mary’s in Los Angeles, California. She has a degree from Sacred Heart Dominican College in Houston, Texas. Sister Mary V. also did post graduate work at the University of California in Los Angeles and the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.
Sister Mary V. has had many memorable years teaching. “Some of the most rewarding experiences were working with the slower learners and watching them bloom as they saw they could do the work. Our motto ~ “Can the Can’ts”. She has taught at St. Mary Catholic School in Orange, Texas, Assumption Catholic School, Christ the King Catholic School, Corpus Christi Catholic School, St. Peter of the Apostle Catholic School and St. Pius X High School in Houston, Texas. She went to California and taught at Holy Rosary Catholic School in San Berndardino as well. Sister Mary V. has served as principal at Holy Rosary Catholic School in Rosenberg, Texas, St. Mary’s Catholic School and O’Connell Junior High in Galveston, Texas.
Sister Mary V. taught two classes, Algebra I and Math 7, at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Taylor, Texas for 10 years. She retired in May 2016.
Sister Mary V. has moved back to Houston and is enjoying her retirement. She works in the prayer ministry at the Villa and spends time refinishing furniture. "It has been something I loved doing since high school. Now I have time to do it". She also enjoys watching football and basketball, reading mystery books and gardening.
From notes submitted by Sister Mary V Hugger, O.P. June 2014. Updated March 2017.