Sister Rose Marie Lipke is pastoral associate at Holy Family Parish in Concord, Mass.
The better part of her ministry was in education. She taught at Sacred Heart School in Kingston, Mass. (1957–58; 61–63; 67–71), St. Cecilia’s School in Stamford, Conn. (1958–59; 63–67; 71–77), and St. Joan of Arc School in Fall River, Mass. (1959–61). She was director of religious education at St. Paul’s, Hingham, Mass. (1977–84) and at St. Zephenan Parish, Wayland, Mass. (1984–85). She was pastoral associate at Sacred Heart Parish in Knoxville, Tenn., from 1985–87.
Sister Rose Marie was house administrator for the Generalate in Bridgeport, Conn. (2002–03), part-time chaplain at Winchester Hospital in Boston (2001–02), and pastoral associate at St. Eulalia Parish in Boston (1987–2001), where she was honored in 2004 for her many years of service to the parish and the community.
Sister Rose Marie says that her greatest influence to enter religious life was her father’s aunt, Sister Hilda, who did mission work in Puerto Rico. Her dream was to become a Sister of Divine Providence and to serve the poor in Puerto Rico, but, she says, “God had other plans for me.” While she might not have gone to Puerto Rico for mission work, she did enter the Community in 1944.
As pastoral associate, Sister Rose Marie attends every Mass celebrated at Holy Family Parish, welcoming each parishioner and assisting those with special needs. She strives to witness the Good News in a joyful, joy-filled celebration, and is always available in person and through prayer. She says, “I keep myself in the presence of God, asking Jesus to let me use the words that he would say. I try to be a living example of the Good News.”