Sister Rochelle Holly entered religious life from St. Mary parish in Herman, Pa. It was Sister Benigna Bumbernick and her teachers in grade school who most influenced her decision to become a Sister.
An educator for more than 30 years, Sister Rochelle both taught and was principal throughout Pennsylvania and in Detroit, Mi., including St. Mary’s School in Ford City, Pa. (1961-62; 71-78) and St. Isaac Jogues School in St. Clair Shores, Mi. (1970-71; 78-96). She was the associate superintendent for the Archdiocese of Detroit (1997-98), principal at St. Veronica Catholic School in Detroit (1998-04), principal at Providence Heights Alpha School in Allison Park, Pa. (2007-09; secretary, 2011-12), co-manager at St. Ambrose Manor in Pittsburgh (2010-11), and at present, is ministry coordinator at Providence Heights.
Of her life as a religious, she says, “I’ve had 50 plus years of amazing graces, beginning with first grade, when I experienced my first desire to be a Sister of Divine Providence and a teacher. All through the years, when obstacles would appear, an openness to Providence in my life cleared the way. My favorite motto is, ‘Providence provides.’ And indeed it does, even when God seems to be writing with very crooked lines in our lives.”
Sister Rochelle, who describes herself as generous, positive, and compassionate, enjoys reading, crocheting, and gardening.