Throughout 65 years of ministry as a Sister of the Divine Savior, Sister Louise Rausch’s gift of herself to others has brought unexpected blessings in return. Teaching adult literacy classes filled her with gratitude for the opportunity to inspire others. Tutoring English as a second language enhanced her own cultural awareness. Providing beautician services rewarded Sr. Louise in seeing others feel good about themselves.
Sr. Louise (formerly Sr. Felice) grew up on a farm in Southern Idaho with nine siblings, four of whom became vowed religious. She describes her family as blessed and is grateful for her beginnings. She was introduced to the Salvatorians by her sister, Sr. Rosalie, SDS, and joined the community during high school.
Sr. Louise received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Alverno College and taught in elementary schools in Maryland, Minnesota, Alabama, and Wisconsin. She also ministered as housemother in a foster care home and as a clerk typist at a hospital, both in Idaho.
Reflecting on her later ministries, Sr. Louise cherishes the cultural and personal awareness she gained as a tutor of English as a Second Language through the Milwaukee Achiever program. She also shared her students’ joy as they grasped concepts, or as she says, “a light went on.”
After attending Edward’s Co-ed Beauty College, Sr. Louise became a registered cosmetologist in the State of Wisconsin. Her service as a beautician at St. Mary’s Nursing Home, St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus and Salvatorian Sisters Residence brightened the days of many who received her care and attention. Acknowledging the inherent dignity of every person, Sr. Louise nurtured her ministerial gifts and relationships to help others to prosper. She has keen insight on what truly matters in life. Whether shedding light on language or adding sparkle to a head of hair, Sr. Louise placed ultimate value on the light within each person and has strived to help everyone shine.