Sr. Alison Green stands outside Visitation Church in Verboort. She is the sole Sister of St. Mary of Oregon still living in the convent there and teaches at nearby St. Francis School in Roy. (Barbara Kerr/SSMO Ministries)
Sr. Alison Green stands outside Visitation Church in Verboort. She is the sole Sister of St. Mary of Oregon still living in the convent there and teaches at nearby St. Francis School in Roy. (Barbara Kerr/SSMO Ministries)
VERBOORT — The convent at Visitation Parish, once home to the Vandecoevering sisters, is now weeknight lodging for Sister Alison Green. Like the three Vandcoeverings, she is a Sister of St. Mary of Oregon and a teacher.

Sisters Clare, Agnes Marie and Anne Vandecoevering, who grew up in Verboort and are in their 80s, have moved to the sisters’ motherhouse in Beaverton.

Sister Alison, 35, is in her fourth year of teaching at St. Francis School in nearby Roy. On weekends, she returns to the motherhouse for a good dose of community life.

Sister Alison says the Verboort parish is being generous, recalling the long history the sisters have there. Father Michael Vuky is pastor in both Verboort and Roy and says he always welcomes the sisters, who have taught at both schools for decades.

Verboort’s Catholic school is vibrant and the lower floors of the convent are used for classes and meetings. Sister Alison’s digs are upstairs.

As part of the deal, she cares for the garden. For someone who grew up going to a country school in rural California, it all feels like home.

“The scenery is just heavenly,” she said of Verboort and Roy. “You look out and see God’s creation.” Sometimes, that includes cows.

Sister Alison likes the mix of long-time families and families new to the area. Country kids, she explained, are not quite as jaded as some others.

“There is a spirit of practicing our faith and prayer,” she said. “People here take that seriously.”