Sister Dorothy Hoover

January 7, 2013 by

BIRTH NAME:  Dorothy Hoover
PARENTS: Laurence and Josephine Caspar Hoover
HOMETOWN: Junction City, Kan.
BSN, Marymount College, Salina; BSPh, Creighton University, Omaha; MA in guidance and counseling, University of Missouri at Kansas City; MN in medical/surgical nursing, Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City; certificate in spiritual diection and directed retreats, Creighton University
1955-61  Staff nurse and head nurse at Salina, Seneca and Manhattan, Kan., hospitals
1966-73   Staff and chief pharmacist, St. John’s Hospital, Salina
1974-76   Counselor, Mental Health Center, Olathe, Kan.
1976-80   Instructor of nursing, Avila College, Kansas City, Mo.
1982-89   Assistant professor, Marymount, teaching medical-surgical nursing, pharmacology, psychiatric nursing
1989-98   Asistant professor, Creighton University satellite campus in Hastings, Neb., teaching psychiatric nursing, pharmacology
1999-2006   Medaille Center, Salina; spiritual director, hospice volunteer, teaching spirituality course for Diocese Dream Workshops and directing retreats at Manna House; bookkeeper for religious community
2006-present   Spiritual director, hospice volunteer and other community service; living at Hillside Convent and then at Nazareth Motherhouse

As you look back on your years as a Sister of St. Joseph of Concordia, what experience or event best captures what your religious life has meant to you (and why)?

I am filled with gratitude to God for empowering me to serve the sick much of my life and later to be a spiritual director and hospice volunteer in my 60 years as a CSJ.

I became a registered nurse before entering religious life. Later as a sister, I served as a nurse. Caring for the sick brought meaning and joy.

When the congregation asked me to become a pharmacist, I spent 11 years studying and practicing pharmacy.

Vatican II opened more opportunities to serve the dear neighbor;  I worked in a county mental health center for two years simultaneously studying counseling. I’d been attracted to teaching nursing and accepted a position at Avila College in Kansas City, Mo. After earning a master’s degree in nursing, I taught at our college in Salina, Marymount, until the college closed.

God was with me in my job hunt when I was offered a teaching position for Creighton University where I served for nine years.  I enjoyed teaching nursing.

I had been drawn to spiritual direction because I was so very grateful for the role it played in my own life journey to God. After earning a certificate is spiritual direction, I have been offering spiritual companionship — a gift from God.  I taught spirituality courses for the Salina Diocese and offered workshops and directed retreats at Manna House of Prayer until major illness intervened and forced me to relook at my life.

Since that time I’ve been a spiritual director and hospice volunteer and am doing religious community service both in Salina and later in Concordia.

Above all, I am grateful for God’s companionship and love through it all, for the love and support of my CSJ Sisters of Concordia and for my family.


One Response to “Sister Dorothy Hoover”

  1. Evelyn Maxwell on May 23rd, 2020 4:35 pm

    Sister Dorothy’s email address has disappeared from my phone. I hope she is feeling OK. I want her to know I mentioned her in an email to a couple of Western Ks Mental Health contacts to see if they could help distribute my ebook At Eden’s Gate: Whole Health and Wellbeing based on what we taught together at Marymount. Please give her my love.

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