Marie Becker

Marie Catherine (Grady) Becker is the Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries at St. Mary’s. Parish stewardship allows her to assist St. Mary’s, Genesee, St. Augustine’s, and St. Mary’s, Potlatch as needed.

She was born in Portland, Oregon, and entered the Church at about 2 weeks of age at Holy Redeemer, Portland, OR. She was raised a farm girl in rural western Oregon, and later, in rural eastern Oregon. Marie is the oldest of 7 siblings. She received her First Communion at age 8 at St. Philip Benizi’s, Redland, OR. She was Confirmed at age 16 by Bishop Thomas Connolly at St. Brigid’s, Nyssa, OR. During her high school years, she became involved with a retreat experience called “COR,” founded by Jim and Nona Robinson. Those experiences helped form her relationship with Jesus and understanding of what it means to be Catholic. 

Marie attended Oregon State University and double majored in Crop Science and Botany.  After graduation, she moved to Idaho to be closer to her family. Marie met her future husband, Carl, on Christmas Eve at St. Mark’s, where they later married. They were both active in St. Mark’s youth ministry until the birth of their first child. They have three children: Elizabeth, Gabrielle and Thomas.

After earning a catechist certificate through Gonzaga University in 2001, Marie became the volunteer coordinator of RCIA adapted for Children and the volunteer assistant program coordinator of elementary faith formation. In 2004, she was hired by St. Mark’s to coordinate preschool faith formation, Children’s Liturgy of the Word and the summer Vacation Bible School program. She began the journey toward a Masters in Pastoral Studies with a focus on Religion and Ecology through Loyola University of New Orleans in 2006. She received her diploma in the fall of 2010.

A change in careers for Carl brought the Becker family to the Palouse. Carl arrived in October 2007. Marie and the children moved in June 2008. Marie began in her position at St. Mary’s on July 1, 2008.

(Carl’s family is originally from Minnesota, so, as far as we know, we are not related to the Genesee/Uniontown Becker’s, although we hear they have wildly fun family reunions!)

L-R: Elizabeth, Carl, Thomas, Lucky, Marie, Gabi

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St. Mary's Catholic Community                         Moscow & Genesee, ID

Fr. Joseph F. McDonald, III JCL, Pastor

Deacon George Canney

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