For Everything There Is A Season!
Rose Mary’s father came to Corning, Ohio from Germany at age sixteen where he and his wife reared ten children. “I watched my Dad and Mother sacrifice their own needs so that the ten of us were clothed, fed, and educated. Having seven brothers, the three girls had to fight for their rights!”
Rose Mary made her profession with the SCN Congregation on July 19, 1956. She has been involved in multiple ministries including principal and teacher, nursing assistant, direct ministry to the poor, plus personal and family care. She is currently caring for family members at home.
One of her favorite ministries was as Director of the Elderly at the Cape Verdian Community House in Roxbury, MA. which served Verdian, Hispanics, and Black Americans. She shares, “Our ministry there helped the elderly and poverty-stricken children to have a better self-image which empowered them to become more involved in the community. All three groups were fun-loving and enjoyed all the special dinners, parties, and help for with getting funds for food stamps to procure their staple foods. Cape Verde had a band made up of senior citizens and we were asked by the Boston Senior Office to play at the various nursing homes in and around the Boston Area.”
Rose Mary’s current involvement in Social Justice includes writing to members of Congress regarding debt reduction in the third world countries and educating herself about world cultures. She has an ongoing interest in helping the homeless and has volunteered at Homeless Shelters in Boston and Columbus. Other volunteer work has been funeral ministry, ministry to Senior Citizens, and providing library experiences for first grade children. She is a sports fan and a history buff who enjoys “rehashing” history at museums.