Mary Becker, SNJM

Born to Lenore and Thomas Becker, June 11, 1943, Seattle, Washington, I am the youngest of four (two boys and two girls) and was reared in Santa Cruz, CA.

Influenced by the friendliness and community spirit of the Sisters at Holy Names College, I entered the community in 1962. In the early 1970s, after having taught middle school for seven years, I transitioned into social work. Subsequently I became licensed as a clinical social worker, learned the Spanish language and ministered to people from diverse cultural backgrounds in California, México and Nicaragua.

As a counselor/therapist, I have identified with the SNJM mission dedicated to the full development of the human person. My ministry has given me the privilege to live out this charism in community, and to accompany and encourage others in their own growth and development. In this process, I have received much more than I have given.

To my family of origin, I am infinitely grateful. They loved me into being, accompanied me in my life and included me in theirs.