Sister Lawdean Lamberger

It isn’t surprising that a former bookkeeper would enjoy Sudoku. That’s just one of the hobbies of Sister Lawdean Lamberger, who celebrates her 60th Jubilee in 2014.

Born in 1934 in Portland to Lawrence and Cecelia Lamberger, she had a brother, Lawrence, Jr., and a sister, Carol Ann. Both predeceased her. She attended Raleigh, McKay, and St. Cecilia Grade Schools. She said, “I thought I would get married and have 12 children. Then, in seventh or eighth grade, a teacher told all of us – boys and girls – that it was time to start thinking about our vocation. To me, that meant a religious vocation.”

After graduating from St. Mary of the Valley High School, Sister Lawdean earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Marylhurst College.  She taught a wide range of classes – music, health, physical education and lower-division math – at Sacred Heart in Tillamook, St. John’s and La Salle in Milwaukie, St. Agatha in Portland and St. Mary of the Valley in Beaverton.

After her teaching career, Sister Lawdean served as bookkeeper at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Church in Astoria. In 1980, she was appointed General Treasurer of the Congregation. She served in that role for 25 years, until the position was discontinued in 2005. Sister Lawdean currently serves as Assistant to the SSMO Motherhouse Superior and volunteers for Medical Teams International.

Given Sister Lawdean’s background in music education, it’s not surprising that her hobbies include listening to classical music. She also has a “voracious appetite for reading” and creates beautiful needlework.

Above all, she said, “I truly believe that I was meant to be a Sister of St. Mary of Oregon.”

We are pleased to share photos from Sister Lawdean’s life and ministry on our Flickr site.