Sister Paula Richard, O.P., a Dominican Sister of Peace, died Friday, November 9, 2012 in New Orleans. Renowned for her passionate teaching and gifted writing at the service of post-Vatican II Catholic theology, Sister Paula studied, prayed, lived and taught the Word of God. A recent resident at Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center in Algiers, Sister Paula ministered for many years in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux as a pastoral associate and formerly as the diocesan Superintendent of Religious Education. A Eucharistic Missionary of St. Dominic, 1950-2009, Sister Paula served as coordinator of religious education and pastoral minister in many parishes within the Archdiocese of New Orleans and the Diocese of Lafayette. She also taught at Notre Dame Seminary. Sister Paula, a native of Brusly St. Martin, LA, was born Oct. 14, 1923. Sister is survived by her sister, Marie Therese "Bitsy" Adams of White Castle and many devoted nieces, nephews, other family members and many loving friends. She was predeceased by her parents, Albert Joseph Richard and Lillia Hebert Richard; four brothers, Thomas Joseph Richard, Albert Joseph Richard, Jr. Leo Paul Richard, Rex Paul Richard; four sisters, Grace Richard Daigle, Mae Richard Daigle, Mary Lee "Buddie" Richard Bergeron, and Clarisse Richard LeBlanc. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 in Annunziata Church, 2011 Acadian Dr., Houma, LA followed by the Mass of Resurrection at 1:00 PM. Following cremation, burial will take place in St. Louis Cemetery No. 3. Donations may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, 2320 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH. 43219-2098 or submitted securely online at oppeace.org. Arrangements by Jacob Schoen and Son Funeral Home, New Orleans, LA Guest book may be signed online at www.schoencanalstreet.com.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Nov. 11 to Nov. 12, 2012