Sister Rosemary Micka, formerly Sister Mary Bernard, entered the Community from her home parish of St. Anthony of Padua in St. Louis.
Sister Rosemary says that she had a desire to enter religious life from the time she was in fifth grade. Her father and mother were good Christian parents. Her father had wanted to be a priest, but he ended up helping his mother care for their family of nine children after his father died. Their strong Christian influence is most likely the reason that of her eight brothers and sisters two became priests and three became Sisters. She says, “We attended daily Mass as children.”
Sister Rosemary’s ministry was in education. She taught at St. Mark’s School in Venice, Illinois (1961–64; 1966–71) and was both a teacher and principal at Divine Providence School in Westchester, Illinois (1972-2000). Currently, Sister Rosemary resides at St. Clare’s Villa in Alton, Illinois, where she serves in prayer ministry.
Describing herself as prayerful, joyful and service-oriented, she enjoys rosary making. Over the years, Sister Rosemary has found that what’s most important to her is realizing that God is taking care of her every second of her life. She says, “To know that every situation in my life, even the most painful, is ordered in His Providence for my good, is very consoling. I try each day to get rid of my 'self' will and to draw closer to Him and His will in my life.”