Sister Marie Bordages, O.P.
Therese Catherine Bordages
Sister Marie Bordages is from Beaumont, Texas. She comes from a large family who has always been very involved with the church. “My father met the sisters when they arrived in Beaumont when he was a boy.” She remembers the Dominican Sisters in Beaumont as always being close to her family. This closeness is what led Sister Marie to enter the convent in 1943.
In 1945 Sister Marie taught at her first school, Sacred Heart Catholic School in Houston. In 1948 she went to Nacogdoches, Texas and taught at St. Ann Catholic School. “In Nacogdoches we rode in a truck to the school which was between Lufkin and Nacogdoches. We would pick up students on the way.” Sister Marie remembers sitting in the back of the covered bed of the truck visiting with the students.
Sister Marie taught for 58 years. She has been at Christ the King Catholic School in Houston, St. Francis de Sales Catholic School in Riverside, California; Holy Rosary Catholic School in San Bernardino, California; St. Christopher Catholic School and Assumption Catholic School in Houston; St. MaryCatholic School in Orange, Texas; St. Patrick Catholic School in Lufkin, Texas; Assumption Catholic School and St. Anthony Catholic School in Beaumont and St. Thea Bowman Academy in Port Arthur, Texas.
Today Sister Marie is retired from teaching but keeping herself very busy. She drives many of the sisters who reside at St. Dominic Villa to appointments. In her spare time she enjoys watching baseball and football and making the best orange marmalade you could ever eat!
From notes submitted by Sister Marie Bordages, O.P. 2014.