sister pauline komrska

70th Jubilee

Sister Pauline Komrska, baptized Dorothy Frances, was born in 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet on February 11, 1947 and was received into the novitiate in August 1947 as Sister Paul Christine. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Fontbonne College in St. Louis in 1958 and a master’s degree in the teaching of English from St. Louis University in 1967.

Sister Pauline began her 50-plus year ministry in education in the St. Louis Archdiocese in these three schools: at St. Mary Magdalene School (1949-1951), St. Patrick (1951-1955), and St. Mary (1955-1958). She continued at the high school level, teaching mathematics and English at Sacred Heart Central, Indianapolis (1958-1967); Little Flower, Chicago (1967-1968); and St. Thomas Aquinas, Florissant (1968-1984).

In 1984, Sister Pauline began 19 years of ministry in religious education at the following parishes in Northern California: St. Vincent, Petaluma (1984-1986); St. Isidore, Danville (1986-1997) ; and St. Simon, Los Altos (1997-2003).

Returning to St. Louis in 2003, Sister Pauline worked as a secretary at the Jesuit White House Retreat Center on West Pine Boulevard. From 2004-2016, she ministered as the assistant librarian at St. Joseph Academy.  Now at the age of 91, she continues to volunteer her time and energy reaching out to the dear neighbor.

Among her favorite hobbies are reading, writing poetry, and travel.  The latter has taken her to such European landmarks as Greece, Prague, Assisi, the Normandy Beaches, and Lucerne, as well as to coastal regions of the United States and Canada. Of all these places, Yosemite Valley is her favorite.  Travels have helped her realize how graced her life has been.


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