Sister Camille (Dorothy) Hilgers, OSB
February 24, 1923 – August 15, 2014
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, for Sister Camille Hilgers, who died, age 91, on August 15, 2014, at Saint Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Friends may call at Saint Scholastica Convent on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, from 1-6 p.m., or for a Vigil Prayer Service at 7 p.m. at Saint Benedict’s Monastery. Visitation continues at 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral.
S. Camille (Dorothy) Hilgers was born February 24, 1923, to William and Louise (Koch) Hilgers in Waconia, Minn. She attended St. Boniface Grade School in St. Bonifacious, Minn., and Saint Benedict’s High School in St. Joseph, Minn. On September 26, 1939, she entered Saint Benedict’s Monastery where she was received into the novitiate on June 22, 1943. Her first monastic profession was on July 11, 1944, and perpetual monastic profession on July 11, 1947. She celebrated her golden jubilee in 1994 and 60th anniversary in 2004.
A graduate of the College of Saint Benedict with a B.A. degree in biology, S. Camille also completed the medical technology program at St. Cloud Hospital and became a registered medical technologist (ASCP). She earned an M.S. degree in biology from St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minn., as well as studying at St. Cloud State University; Arizona State Univ., Tempe, Ariz; Loretto Heights, Loretto, Colo; and Cornell Univ., Ithaca, N.Y.
S. Camille served as medical technologist in the clinical laboratory at St. Cloud Hospital; St. Benedict’s Hospital, Ogden, Utah; and Queen of Peace Hospital, New Prague, Minn.
She taught biology at Cathedral High School, St. Cloud; Pierz Memorial High School, Pierz, Minn.; and in Glendora, Calif. For a number of years she worked as data entry operator in Management Information Systems at the College of Saint Benedict. Later, she helped in the archives and library at Saint Benedict’s Monastery. From 1986 to 2004 she took on a ministry of visiting elderly persons in St. Joseph and Waite Park. She moved to Saint Scholastica Convent in 2005 where she was involved in community living and a special ministry of prayer.
In addition to her Benedictine community, S. Camille is survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers: August, Sylvester, Rueben, William Jr., Wilfred and Kenneth, and sisters: Gertrude Schuler, Bernice Segner, Gladys Hilgers, Charlotte Pawelk, Margaret Vanderlinde and Florence Logelin.
Memorial gifts should be directed to the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict Retirement Fund.