Sister Francis Marie Bordages, O.P.
Emelie Theresa Bordages
Sister Francis Marie was the eleventh child of Denny and Marie Bordages. Her parents had had close ties to the Dominican sisters since they were children and Sister Francis Marie and her siblings grew up with the Dominican sisters as part of their family. Sister Francis Marie attended St. Anthony’s Catholic School in Beaumont, Texas where she was taught by Dominican sisters. “I admired the sisters. They were happy and they all did good work.” Sister Francis Marie had a large and loving family who were devoted to each other and their faith. Six of her siblings entered religious life and she felt she was drawn to do the same. “I was very shy and unsure if I would make a good sister. The sisters, my family and friends were all very supportive and encouraged me to enter. They helped me discover God and the importance of helping others, especially through education.”
Sister Francis Marie entered Sacred Heart convent in September 1949. Her first teaching assignment was at Holy Rosary Catholic School in Rosenberg, Texas in 1951. She served this community for two years. Over the next thirteen years Sister Francis Marie taught at St. Mary Catholic School, St. Peter of the Apostle Catholic School, St. Augustine Catholic School, Queen of Peace Catholic School and All Saints Catholic School in Houston, Texas and St. Mary Catholic School in Whittier, California. She remembers all of these schools with great fondness. “There was a year when I was at All Saints in Houston. Every child came to school with such a good spirit. It was a beautiful year.”
In 1970 Sister Francis Marie went to teach at Northwest Junior High, which is now Assumption Catholic School. For the past 47 years she has been a part of this community, helping students discover God in their lives as well as helping to educate them, helping them to become the person God has made them to be. Sister Francis Marie continues her work at Assumption Catholic School serving as the Library Coordinator and morning care assistant to those students who come to school early.
“It has been a privilege and a blessing to be a Dominican sister. St. Dominic helped people open up to God, to discover what God has given us and showed us how to share that with others. God has allowed me to live the Dominican charism and to help others in this way.”
From submitted notes and interview with Sister Francis Marie Bordages, O.P. September 2014.