Add them up and it’s 265 years of service to the Church

September 13, 2011

HOUSTON — In August, five Houston Dominican Sisters celebrated another milestone in their vocation to religious life. Four sisters were honored for 60 years of religious life and one for 25 years. The Dominican Sisters celebrated Diamond and Silver Jubilee at a Eucharistic Liturgy with Archbishop Emeritus Joseph A. Fiorenza as the main Mass celebrant on Aug. 7.

Sister Heloise Cruzat, Sister Lucia Schexnayder, Sister Therese Warden and Sister Mary Pat White were honored for 60 years of service to religious life, while Sister Linda Gibler, was celebrating her Silver Jubilee. Below is a glimpse of their accomplishments with the Archdiocese:

Sister Cruzat (All Saints Parish in Houston): A graduate of St. Agnes Academy, she taught at St. Agnes in 1955 and eventually became principal there, and later at St. Pius X High School. After being on the General Council of the Dominican Sisters, she served as Prioress from 1998 to 2004. She currently is Vicar for Religious for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. She is an ESL teacher, and also serves as liaison for the Dominican Sisters’ Community Garden.

Sister Schexnayder (Blessed Sacrament Parish in Houston): A graduate of St. Agnes Academy, she taught in schools in the Dioceses of Galveston-Houston, Beaumont, Los Angeles and San Bernardino since 1953. She is the founding principal of St. Catherine’s in Port Arthur and St. Thomas More in Houston. She was the Director of Activities and Administrator of Family Relations for St. Dominic Nursing Home and also served as Administrator of St. Dominic Villa. She presently works as a social minister at St. Joseph’s Parish in Houston.

Sister Warden (All Saints Parish in Houston): A graduate of St. Agnes Academy, she taught in schools in the Dioceses of Galveston-Houston, Beaumont, San Bernardino and Los Angeles since 1953 (some years as principal). She served as Formation Director and Promoter of Preaching for the Dominican community. Sister Warden recently retired from St. Pius X High School after 27 years of service to the school.

Sister White (Christ the King Parish in Houston): A graduate of St. Agnes Academy, she taught in schools in the Dioceses of Galveston-Houston and Beaumont since 1952. She also taught drivers education at St. Agnes from 1970 – 2003. She continued her driving ministry with the Dominicans and is now retired.

Sister Gibler (Sacred Heart Parish in Groton, Conn.): A graduate of Randolph High School in New Jersey, she has ministered in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston as Director of Social Ministry at Prince of Peace Parish, lead case manager at Texas Department of Health, and Core Staff at Genesis Farm in New Jersey. She serves on the Formation Team of the Dominican Sisters of Houston. She is presently Associate Academic Dean at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio. †