Obituary: Benedictine Sister Paula Revier

Benedictine Sister Paula (Chloe, Paul) Revier, 88, died July 14 at St. Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud. The Eucharist of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 18, at Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Friends may call at St. Scholastica Convent on Sunday, July 17, for a prayer service at 1 p.m., followed by visitation until 4:15 p.m., or for a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m. at St. Benedict’s Monastery. Visitation continues at 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral on July 18.

Sister Paula (Chloe) Revier was born Dec. 16, 1933, to Lawrence and Irene (Lussenhop) Revier in Franklin, Minnesota, the oldest of six children. She attended Franklin Public Grade School and Waubun Consolidated High School in Waubun, Minnesota. She entered St. Benedict’s Monastery on Sept. 13, 1955, was received into the novitiate as Sister Paul on June 19, 1956, made first monastic profession on July 11, 1957, and perpetual monastic profession on July 11, 1960. She changed the spelling of her name (to Paula) in 1989. She celebrated her golden jubilee July 11, 2007 and her 60th jubilee in 2017.

Nursing and health care were Sister Paula’s primary ministries. She was a graduate of the College of St. Benedict, earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston College School of Nursing, Boston, Massachusetts, attended St. Cloud Hospital School of Nursing, St. Cloud, and was licensed as a registered nurse. She also received an master’s degree in hospital and health care administration from St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri.

As a health care professional, Sister Paula served for many years at St. Cloud Hospital, in a variety of roles, both clinical and as a senior administrator. For one year, she served as operating room supervisor at St. Benedict’s Hospital in Ogden, Utah. At St. Benedict’s Monastery, she served in the nurses’ office and in the business office. She also served as director of physical plant services and community project manager at the monastery. Later, Sister Paula returned to health care ministry as a member of the monastery health services and also served in the archives and community services. She moved to St. Scholastica Convent in 2017 where she undertook a ministry of prayer and community living.

Sister Paula is survived by members of her Benedictine community, her brother, Larry (JoAnne), and her sisters, Faith (Joseph+) Dobrenski, Juliana (Carl) Pherson, and Bonnie (John) MacMaster, as well as nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant brother, Dean Edward.

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

Author: Dianne Towalski

Dianne Towalski is a multimedia reporter for The Central Minnesota Catholic Magazine.

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