Sister Marilyn LeDoux: In her own words
During Lent of my eighth grade at St. John the Baptist School in Milwaukie, Oregon, we went into church on Friday afternoons for Stations of the Cross. I received my vocation (call) during one of those spring afternoons while being distracted by the bright sunshine and feeling like I wanted to be outside. God had other plans.
That year, some of my companions and I came out to see this large convent in Beaverton. Mother Colette graciously conducted us through much of the convent and chapel. From that experience, I came to St. Mary of the Valley to go to school and, during my last year of high school, entered the postulancy. The rest is history.
Later, I became a teacher of grades four, five and six. I enjoyed teaching all of these grades very much. I taught my first two years in Sublimity and then Stayton, Our Lady of Sorrows, St. Andrews, and Holy Trinity. After about 10 years of teaching, I was transferred to St. Mary’s in Spokane, and served there for about five years. Then I returned back to Oregon to teach in Sublimity, at St. Matthew’s in Hillsboro, and at Visitation in Verboort.
At that time in my life, I needed a change from full time teaching, so I did a few other jobs for the Sisters’ Community and also was a substitute teacher.
I really enjoyed my teaching days and working with enthusiastic young people. My last years in school were spent teaching art and taking playground duty. I enjoyed both of those in different ways.