Veronica Hager, IBVM

I have always known since childhood that I have the capabilities and interest in all areas of art.  Several other sisters in our community noticed my talents, believed in me and encouraged me. - Veronica Hager, IBVMI have always known since childhood that I have the capabilities and interest in all areas of art. Several other sisters in our community noticed my talents, believed in me and encouraged me. - Veronica Hager, IBVMAs a child I was very shy and extremely reserved. I grew up on a farm with designated chores every day. My spare time was filled with innovative projects in art, crafts, music (playing the harmonica or organ) or other creative projects. Summers were wonderful times for quiet meditations in the fields, marveling at the living skies and carpeted hilltops.

Since we always attended Public Schools, no religion was taught in the classroom. As a result, for two weeks every summer, our parish priest Father Fred Seiferling arranged for us to have catechism classes taught by the Loretto Sisters. We had at least two sisters every summer; Sisters Herman Seiferling, Elizabeth Bast and Patricia Carbert were most often chosen for the job. I enjoyed these summer classes immensely and was attracted to the sisters as well. It was this, coupled with the background of daily Mass with my parents that really cemented my dream of becoming a religious sister.

After high school I immediately prepared to enter the convent at Loretto Abbey where I was accepted as a postulant with a group of girls from various parts of Saskatchewan and Ontario.

I have always known since childhood that I have the capabilities and interest in all aspects of art. During my early teaching days I only used that talent in my primary classroom situations. Several others sisters in our community noticed my talents, believed in me and encouraged me. Because of the support I received from other IBVM sisters it was possible to enter a course of studies to develop that talent. After thirteen years of teaching primary, I began a course of studies at the University of Regina, Notre Dame and the University of Indiana.

After graduating with a Bachelor in fine Arts in 1977, I opened an art studio, Ars Vera Studio in Regina. I offered courses in oil painting, drawing, pottery and woodcarving; my students were all adults (mostly seniors). When not engaged in teaching art I complete work on consignment. Thirty years have passed and there has never been any lack of students. At the present time I have narrowed classes down to oil painting and wood carving. What I enjoy so much is the interaction with the students while instructing them in their painting or carving. Oh the enjoyment of witnessing the satisfaction of a job well done!!

Artwork by Veronica Hager, IBVM

Artwork by Veronica Hager, IBVM