Sister Rosella Uding, formerly Sister Mary Ronald, was born in 1947 in Ste. Geneviève, Mo., and entered the Community in 1963. She professed her final vows in 1971, and earned a bachelor of science in education in 1974 from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and a master’s degree in religious education in 1981 from Seattle University.
Sister Rosella’s teaching ministry included the following schools: North American Martyrs School (Florissant, Mo., 1966–67), St. Elizabeth School (Granite City, Ill., 1967–72 and 1975–80), St. Mary-St. Mark School (Venice and Madison, Ill., 1972–73), and Ascension School (Normandy, Mo., 1974–75).
Sister Rosella was the director of religious education at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City, Ill., from 1980–88; she was the children and youth minister at Holy Family Parish in Litchfield, Ill., from 1988–2003. After taking a sabbatical in 2003, Sister Rosella became the director of religious education at St. Matthew Parish in Alton, Ill. She served her Community as the house administrator for the Generalate from 2004–07 in Wakefield, R.I., and as the vocations director for the Marie de la Roche Province from 2007–08. Sister Rosella currently serves as the director of religious education at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Wheeling, W.Va.
Loyal, industrious, and persevering are the words Sister Rosella uses to describe herself. Her hobbies include baking, cooking, and gardening. She was most influenced to enter religious life by her seventh- and eighth-grade teacher Sister Mary Justina, CSJ. “Sister Mary Justina talked about religious life often, many times referring to the Sisters of Divine Providence because she had two nieces in the Community,” recalls Sister Rosella. “As a Sister of Divine Providence, I live out my charism by striving to embody a deep trust in and an openness to the Providence of God, sharing that faith and trust in our Provident God with those to whom and with whom I minister."