Sr. Roberta Miller may be celebrating her 50th anniversary of religious life, but in her words, “I have been in formation all my religious life as I come to know myself in all my gifts, faults, and corners softened by the flowing waters of grace.”
Sr. Roberta earned her Bachelor of Arts in History from the College of New Rochelle in 1957, Master of Arts in Social Studies from Hunter College in New York City. Making profession in the Congregation in 1969, she began her religious ministry as a teacher, shaping the minds of middle school and high school students in Columbus, OH and New York and Ossining, NY.
“Community is the framework within which has been the structure and freedom to learn,” Sr. Roberta says. She continued to expand her knowledge of history and people’s culture within world areas by earning her Master of Arts and her PhD from Ohio State University, including a period of study in Mexico City and in Mexico.
She continued her ministry of education in Columbus, serving as a professor in the Sociology and Humanities departments at Ohio Dominican University, a founded ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, from 1983 until 2013.
Today Sr. Roberta is the Coordinator of the Congregation’s non-violence grant through Catholic Health Initiatives. Working with the directors of the Congregation’s Martin de Porres Center, an outreach ministry in Columbus, OH, and the Dominican Learning center, an adult education center with a focus on immigrants, she facilitates a cross-generational program to prevent violence and build peace and resiliency among the Hispanic community in Central Ohio.
What has 50 years in religious life been like for Sr. Roberta?
“Is it an easy life? No,” she says. “Is it a fulfilling one? Yes. In living and loving in community, one experiences the joys and sorrows, the heartaches and hopes embedded in relationships and ministry.”
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