Little did I know at the time we first met that we would become close friends, emailing each other on a daily basis and spending time in each other’s homes. Sr. Rosemary has been a role model, not only for me, but for countless others. After she taught English in Denver, she got a PhD in Philosophy and taught for many years at the college level. She was among the clergy and handful of sisters who marched in Selma, and she is featured on the DVD “Sisters of Selma.” Her quick wit, infectious laugh, intellect and enthusiasm in the classroom have always made her a very popular teacher. She made learning fun.
After retiring from teaching, she became a well-known expert in the field of ethics. She became a highly sought after speaker because of her knowledge of the field and her dynamism and enthusiasm as a presenter. She worked well into her 80s, and now that she is officially retired, she does volunteer work at a local Catholic Academy and continues to get involved in a variety of activities that serve the church.
Throughout all the changes in her life, she has lived the Gospel through her many years of dedicated teaching, by leading by example by constantly doing things for others, visiting the sick, and sharing her gifts and time in any way that is needed. At the same time, she has continued to nurture her religious vocation through daily mass and prayer. She is an outstanding example of how a modern day, Vatican II nun can preach the gospel through her actions while living in the midst of the world . She is a wonderful example of giving of oneself for the greater glory of God by serving others and by humbly using the gifts she has been given.
During each of the chapters of her life, she has received many, many accolades and honors, including an endowed chair in her name, yet, she remains humble, grateful for her many experiences, and willing to pitch in wherever needed. She has taught me to keep active and to get involved in activities that serve others. By her willingness to march in Selma, she taught me to not be afraid to speak out when I see something that should not be, lest I be complicit…which is why I am speaking out on behalf of the sisters at this time. I cherish my friendship with her, and I am thankful for her friendship. So, I proudly salute you, Sr. Rosemary, the LCWR sisters, and all sisters who show us how to live the gospel in the everyday world.