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““I rejoice greatly in the Lord. God is the delight of my soul.””

Reflecting on the years bringing me to Golden Jubilee fills my heart with gratitude and wonder. The journey has been graced by God, enhanced by community and supported by family and friends. In the Spirit of Dominic and Catherine of Siena, I simply say, “Thanks.”

Rosanne was born to Bernice and Stanley Szocinski on May 21, 1942 in Pontiac, Michigan. Beginning high school at St. John’s in Jackson, Michigan, Rosanne transferred to Marywood as an aspirant in the eleventh grade.

She joined the community in 1960 and in 1961 she received the name Sister M. Stanice of the Child Jesus, later returning to her baptismal name.

Her education includes a BA in History and an MA in Religious Education from Aquinas College and an MA in Education from Western Michigan University. Her teaching career of thirty-five years began at I.H.M. in Grand Rapids in 1964. She taught at Aquinas College, then Bay City, New Mexico, and Alabama. She returned to Michigan to teach in Greenville and Charlevoix. Following a Sabbatical she studied to be a chaplain.

After six years as director of pastoral care at Catherine Kasper Life Center in Donaldson, Indiana, she returned to Marywood as Common Life Coordinator. Presently Sister Rosanne ministers at St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her hobbies include study, cooking, singing in choirs, and being in nature.

Pray for the sick and dying.

50th Jubilee, 2011

Sister Rosanne Szocinski shares her witness to a lifelong vocation as a Dominican Sister Grand Rapids with students at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Sister Rosanne Szocinski explains the tabernacle to four-year-olds on a tour of the church.