In the mid to late 1980s, Sister Vivian Vallee was assigned to Bangladesh, where she worked in the Communications Center for all Bangladeshi Dioceses.
Sister Vivian’s call to religious life came as a result of a conversation she had with her parish priest while she was a student at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence from 1944-1945. She entered Maryknoll from St. Patrick’s Parish, Worcester, MA, about one year later on October 5, 1946.
Sister Vivian’s first foreign assignment was to Japan where she served from 1950 until 1960, doing pastoral work and teaching English conversation. She then returned to Maryknoll, where she studied at Maryknoll Teachers College from 1960 to 1964, and received a B.S. in education.
In 1964, Sister Vivian returned to Japan, where she again taught English conversation while also becoming involved in and designing for the Vestment Department. She did pastoral work from 1964-1969 in Kyoto, Ueno, Yokkaichi and Otsu, Japan.
From 1971 until 1984, Sister Vivian made use of her artistic talents as part of the Graphic Arts Department at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Ossining, adding housekeeping and service in the congregation library to her roster of duties.
Then, in 1985, Sister Vivian was assigned to Bangladesh where she worked until 1989 in the Communications Center for all Bangladeshi Dioceses. Sister Vivian also trained lay pastoral leaders during that time period.
In 1989, Sister Vivian was assigned to the Maryknoll Sisters Convent in Monrovia, CA, where she lived until 1993. She then became a member of a new Maryknoll Sisters residence in Waterbury, CT, where she lived until returning to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Ossining in 1995. She has been a retired member of the community there since that time.