October 10, 2020
21 days till National Vocation Awareness Week
In 1982 I began teaching at St. Mary of the Valley High School while also attending Portland State University to get my fifth year and participating in formation classes. I taught a couple of classes at the high school then went to PSU for the rest of the day until around 4:00 when I returned for classes at the convent. I was a busy little “first professed” as I continued to learn the ropes. I enjoyed teaching at the high school very much and could see myself full time in the future. I really appreciated teaching at our community high school.
My main assignment was to teach religion and I found enjoyment in coaching the jv Softball team. Prior to 1991, St. Mary of the Valley was an all-girl school which went co-ed and changed the name to Valley Catholic. My school experience as a youth had been co-ed and I was more at home in that environment. I think it is good for youth to be with the opposite gender at school while they have their feet under their parent’s roof. There are a lot of lessons best learned at home.
I realized how fortunate I was to be called to religious life and what satisfaction I got out of it. A religious who dedicates their life to Christ has the time to do things that a married person with the responsibilities of family would not have in many cases. I realized the many talents God had given me and I had the time to develop them.