Obituary: Benedictine Sister Luke Hoschette

Benedictine Sister Luke (Lucille) Hoschette, 97, died July 15 at Saint Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud. The Eucharist of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 21, at Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, with burial in the monastery cemetery. Friends may call at Saint Scholastica Convent on Thursday, July 20, for a prayer service at 3 p.m. followed by visitation until 4:15 p.m., or for a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m. at Saint Benedict’s Monastery. Visitation continues at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 21, until the time of the funeral.

She was born Sept. 18, 1925, to William and Lucille (Becker) Hoschette in St. Paul, the first of their five children. Upon graduation from St. Agnes High School in St. Paul, she was awarded a scholarship to the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph. She entered Saint Benedict’s Monastery Dec. 4, 1948, was received into the novitiate June 15, 1949, receiving the name Sister Luke, made first monastic profession July 11, 1950, and perpetual monastic profession on July 11, 1953. She celebrated her golden jubilee July 11, 2000, and her 60th anniversary in 2010.

Sister Luke received a bachelor’s degree in business education from the College of Saint Benedict, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, and a master’s degree in hospital administration from St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri.

In 1966 she moved to Mount Benedict Monastery, Ogden, Utah. She served as administrator at St. Benedict’s Hospital in Ogden until 1971, when she returned to Minnesota and was engaged in community service and as administrator at St. Raphael’s Home in St. Cloud. In 1978, she asked to return to Ogden and served in various capacities that included mission effectiveness, health care financial services, as corporate secretary, and as administrative assistant at Ogden Regional Medical Center (formerly St. Benedict’s Hospital).

When the sisters at Mount Benedict became an independent monastery in 1994, Sister Luke was one of the 11 founding members. She retired from administrative work at Ogden Regional Medical Center in 2003 but remained on the hospital Board of Trustees and Board of Directors for St. Benedict’s Foundation. In 2011, Sister Luke and volunteers assembled the archives of Mount Benedict Monastery and the Ogden Regional Medical Center and in June 2013, the members of Mount Benedict Monastery moved back to Saint Benedict’s Monastery, where she undertook a variety of community service ministries. She moved to Saint Scholastica Convent in 2016 where she continued to serve the community and was engaged in a special prayer ministry.

Sister Luke is survived by the sisters in her Benedictine community. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Theresa Marie, Benedictine Sister Rosemary, Corinne Bannick, and her brother, William.

Please direct memorial gifts to the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict Outreach Ministries.


Author: The Central Minnesota Catholic

The Central Minnesota Catholic is the magazine for the Diocese of St. Cloud.

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