Sister Hilary Hooks entered the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1961. In 1998 she was involved in a renewal program in St. Louis, Mo., and was a liturgist there from 1998 to 2007.
In October 2007, she was approached to consider serving in the Dominican Republic. She was stunned at the time, and needed to pray and reflect on her answer. Without analyzing the situation, she recalls thinking of the Confirmation name she chose: Frances Cabrini. She says, “I was inspired as a child by the story of the young girl Frances making paper boats and sending them off in the creek behind her home to imaginary faraway lands, where she would work to spread the Word of God to those who had not heard it before.” She said she dreamed then of being a missionary, as well as when she entered the Community, and the memories of that desire seemed to rush back, making her heart jump. With a resounding “Yes!” she accepted the position in the Dominican Republic. Sister Hilary lived with Sisters Myriam Colón Cruz and Mary Providence Kriley at Casa Maria (named after foundress Marie de la Roche), and together they worked at Ascension of the Lord parish. She was the director of the senior citizens’ center.
In 2009, Sister Hilary returned to the States to work in various ministries. In 2010, she served as the associate pastor at St. Helen Parish in Jackson, Miss. From 2011 to the present, she serves as adjunct instructor ESL at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa.