Mary Dusing grew up in south Louisiana, and was the third of eight children. She attended the all-girls school, Mt. Carmel Catholic School for 12 years, and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette.
After graduating from college, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia and worked in the money market of a large bank and subsequently was asked to be part of their startup computer banking company, one of the first in the country. She made the move to Houston and worked at Humble Oil in pricing and marketing where decisions were made to change the name to Exxon. Mary also has experience in the medical and legal fields, universities, churches, and a museum.
She lived in Missouri for 25 years, where her son was born, and returned to Houston in 1998 and joined St. Anne Church in 2000. She has been an active member of the St. Anne Guild for 14 years and served on various Guild committees. Mary has also been involved in RCIA, the Altar Society, the Adult Faith Formation Committee, and the Stewardship Committee, as well as a member of the Pastoral Council. In addition, she has served on a committee at St. Anne Catholic School for approximately 10 years.
Mary first became acquainted with the Basilians when she was married by Father John Robbins, CSB in the early 1970s and became re-acquainted with him when she returned to Houston. She made her first commitment as a Basilian Lay Associate in 2005 and has been active on the BLA Hospitality Committee. After the death of former coordinator, Roy Mendoza, she was appointed Lay Coordinator of the Houston Area BLAs in December 2014. She has had the pleasure of getting to know many of the Basilians at various gatherings through the years and by inviting them to share a meal from time to time.
Mary has been a single mother from the time her son was two years old. He recently moved from California to Austin, Texas with his wife and three beautiful children. They are her greatest joy and since their move in late March, she has enjoyed spending lots of time with them. Coincidentally, she retired from University of Texas, Health Science Center on January 31, 2015.
She enjoys reading, going to movies, traveling, attending cultural events, cooking, all forms of sewing, pottery, and other crafts, but most of all, she cherishes getting together with family and friends.