Sister Rose Ann heard the call of religious life very early – as a fourth grader attending St. Mary’s Grade School in Lancaster, OH. She was introduced to religious life by the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs, who taught in the schools that she attended, and her vocation was nourished and encouraged by her parents.
She entered the Dominican Sisters after completing high school and studied education at Ohio Dominican College, now Ohio Dominican University. She obtained her Master’s in Education from The Ohio State University. She worked as an educator and administrator in Ohio and New Mexico before continuing her studies at the Maryknoll Graduate School of Theology.
Upon the completion of her studies, Sister Rose Ann’s vocation led her to begin work on social justice causes. A major turning point was a three-year mission as a Notre Dame AmeriCorps volunteer in rural Naugatuck and Genoa, WV. “My time in West Virginia allowed me to experience, with the families that we served, both the beauty of their mountain home and the poverty that was part of their lives,” Sister Rose Ann said. “I was touched to the depth of my spirit by the resilience of these people and of God’s creation that was threatened by the ravages of mountaintop removal.”
In 2009, Sister Rose Ann says, “her life journey came full circle” when she became the Director of Shepherd’s Corner, a Dominican Sisters of Peace farm and ecology center in Blacklick, OH. “Life and ministry at Shepherd’s Corner,” she concludes, “is an awesome Golden Jubilee gift.”