Sister Rose Marie Lipke entered religious life from St. Mary's parish in Glenshaw, PA. She credits her father’s aunt, Sister Hilda—who did mission work in Puerto Rico—with influencing her vocation to religious life. Sister Rose Marie's dream was to become a Sister of Divine Providence and serve the poor in Puerto Rico, but, she says, “God had other plans for me."
The better part of Sister Rose Marie's ministry was in education. She taught at Sacred Heart School in Kingston, MA (1957–58; 61–63; 67–71), St. Cecilia’s School in Stamford, CT (1958–59; 63–67; 71–77) and St. Joan of Arc School in Fall River, MA (1959–61). She was director of religious education at St. Paul’s in Hingham, MA (1977–84) and St. Zephenan parish in Wayland, MA (1984–85). She was pastoral associate at Sacred Heart parish in Knoxville, TN (1985–87), St. Eulalia Parish in Boston (1987–2001) and Holy Family parish in Concord, MA. She was also a part-time chaplain at Winchester Hospital in Boston (2001–02). In the Community, Sister Rose Marie was the house administrator for the Generalate in Bridgeport, CT (2002–03).
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