Sister Marilyn Bergt, formerly Sister Robert Marie, entered religious life from Our Lady Queen of Peace in Harper Woods, Mi. She was a member of the first graduating class of La Roche College (Allison Park, Pa.) in 1965, graduating with a B.S. in biology. She earned her M.S. in biology at St. Mary’s College in Winona, Mn.
Her teaching ministry included SS. Peter & Paul Elementary School in Beaver, Pa. (1965–66), St. Mary’s High School in McKees Rocks, Pa. (1966–68), and Canevin High School in Crafton, Pa. In her ministry at La Roche College (1973–82), she served as assistant professor of biology, assistant to the academic dean, and registrar. From 2000 to 2006, she ministered as coordinator of community service, campus ministry.
From 1982 to 1988, Sister Marilyn was director of the Newman Catholic Center at Wayne State University in Detroit. During this time, she began her ministry with and to persons with AIDS. Subsequently, she was one of the founding members of the AIDS Interfaith Network of Michigan and served as executive director from 1986 to 1996. For 13 years, she was also chaplain for Dignity Detroit. Through her generous and compassionate service during these years, she touched the lives of thousands of people.
Over the years, Sister Marilyn has led students, staff, faculty, patients, and community members in hundreds of different community service activities. From cooking meals for the women at Myriam’s Shelter to construction work in Appalachia, from projects that benefit the poor in Rwanda and other parts of the world, to victims of the tsunami in Asia and to flood victims in the United States and locally, she is always contributing her time and efforts to improve the lives of others.
She served on the Community’s Provincial Leadership Team as a provincial councilor from 2007 to 2011. After a brief sabbatical, she volunteered at Providence Family Support Center on Pittsburgh’s North Side. From March 2014 to January 2016, she served as the pastoral associate at St. Vincent de Paul Church in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.