Sr. Rosemary knew from an early age that she wanted to join a religious community. She entered the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) in 1952, when she was eighteen, and took her final vows in 1959.
As a young Sister, Sr. Rosemary’s college experience wasn’t traditional. She worked full-time as a teacher and took classes when she could: on weekends and in the summer. She graduated from Holy Names 13 years after she first started taking classes.
A passionate educator, Sr. Rosemary taught all grades from 2-12 (except third). And she “loved them all.” “Those were the days when it was wall-to-wall children. We had 50 or 60 students in every class and didn’t think anything of it,” recalls Sr. Rosemary. “We taught with compassion and, somehow, it wasn’t chaos.”
After teaching for over 30 years, Sr. Rosemary transitioned to different positions in education and Campus Ministry.
While Sr. Rosemary is technically retired, she continues her important advocacy work and also enjoys teaching English as a Second Language—via FaceTime during the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order.
Sr. Rosemary is thankful to her SNJM community for allowing her to live a life of service and activism: “There is really only one reason to join a community and that is to increase your love for Christ. The ministry has to flow out of that. That is the heart of the vocation.”