Sister Mary Alice Carbajal, O.P.
Sister Mary Gilbert, O.P.
Sister Mary Alice Carbajal was born January 4, 1923 in Fabens, Texas. She is the youngest of six children born to Refugio Rey Carbajal and Gilbert Carbajal. She attended Fabens Elementary School and Fabens High School, graduating in 1942.
Upon graduation she attended business school and worked in a real estate office. She later traveled to California and worked in a hospital as a clerk.
She remembers coming to Houston to join the convent on February 14th. Once she made her First Profession she started teaching at St. Mary of the Purification in Houston where she taught third grade.
In 1966 she volunteered to go to Guatemala as one of the mission founders. There she taught religion in the public schools until 1969, with Dominican Sisters TheresaMacey and Sister Siena Schmitt. “My favorite work was the mission work in Guatemala. I was able to speak up seeking justice for the people there. I met many people and helped them with what they needed,” said Sister Mary Alice.
She later taught St. Mary Catholic High School in Orange, Texas, before returning to California. She taught Spanish at St. Francis de Sales Catholic School in Riverside and the elementarylevel in Whittier. “I loved teaching the third grade. I made class fun. On Friday afternoons we had enrichment and cooked with an electric pan. The children learned how to measure, break eggs how to mix ingredients and how to share with each others. They had so much fun”, remembered Sister Mary Alice.
Sister Mary Alice also served as the CCE Director at Francis de Sales Parish in Riverside, California. “I am grateful for my fluency in Spanish. It has really allowed me to help people with limited English.”
Currently Sister Mary Alice is retired and can be found helping as a receptionist at St. Dominic Villa. “I love here. This Dominican community is very special.”
Interview on with Sister Mary Alice Carbajal, O.P. on November 25, 2013.