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. Marie was raised a farm girl in rural western Oregon, and rural eastern Oregon. She is the oldest of 7 siblings. Her rural roots and involvement in her parish, 4-H clubs, FFA chapter and high school retreat experiences helped form her sense of community and her understanding of what it means to be Catholic. 

Marie has Bachelor of Science degrees from Oregon State University in Crop Science and Botany.  She earned a catechist certificate through Gonzaga University in 2001, and she completed a Masters in Pastoral Studies, with a focus on Religion and Ecology, through Loyola University of New Orleans  in 2010.

Marie met her future husband, Carl, on Christmas Eve at St. Mark’s, Boise, 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 (Bill,) Gabrielle and Thomas. When Elizabeth entered 1st Grade, Marie became active in the St. Mark’s RE program, first in child care for other catechists and then, progressively, as a catechist, coordinator of RCIA adapted for Children and 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.

As a couple, Marie and Carl have been involved with Marriage Encounter, marriage preparation, and Eucharistic Adoration. They continue to regularly attend monthly Adoration.

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.

L-R: Thomas, Carl, Bill, Elizabeth, Marie, Gabi (12-29-2015)

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