Sister Mary Laura Rembold, O.P.
Mary Teresa Rembold
Sister Mary Laura was born in Evansville, Indiana. She grew up with parents and her three brothers and two sisters. Her father worked in the aircraft industry and her mother was a stay-at-home mother. “She baked a lot and all our friends were always welcome.” The family moved to Wichita, Kansas when she was twelve and then to California when she was seventeen.
“I attended Catholic schools all my life, but first met the Dominicans my senior year at St. Francis de Sales Catholic High School. The sisters were loving, caring and joyful. Sister Ambrose asked me if I had ever thought of becoming a sister. I told her no, but began thinking about it. By the spring of 1960, I had decided that I wanted to become a Dominican Sister. With my parents’ approval, I entered that fall.”
Sister Mary Laura began teaching in 1962 at Assumption Catholic School in Houston. From 1963 to 1967 she taught at Queen of Peace Catholic School in Houston and Little Flower in Port Acres, Texas. In 1967, Sister Mary Laura went to San Bernardino to Holy Rosary Catholic School and the following year she was asked to teach at St. Francis de Sales Catholic School in Riverside, California. “I have been teaching at St. Francis for 46 years. I have taught grades kindergarten through fourth. For the last 20 years I have had students in my class whose parents I have taught.”
Sister Mary Laura has had many memorable experiences during her years as a Dominican sister. In 2008 she traveled to Europe as a pilgrim to the Lands of Saint Dominic. In 1993 she went to Guatemala and says that trip left her with memories she recalls everyday. “It has inspired me to work harder to raise funds for the Missions. I have been the Missions Moderator for the Holy Childhood Association in our school for many years.”
Sister Mary Laura currently lives in Riverside, California and continues to teach at St. Francis de Sales Catholic School. “Teaching in first grade has brought me the greatest joy. I am being constantly challenged by all the new technology and students with learning disabilities, but I welcome the challenges and continue to enjoy my students.”
From notes submitted Sister Mary Laura Rembold, O.P. 2014.