Happiest when helping others, Sister Jane Stephen Rosko’s good humor and jovial spirit are as undeniable as the pull she felt as a young woman to enter religious life. As a child, she marveled at Sister St. Mark’s skillful care of the Motherhouse grounds – then a working farm – during visits from the family’s Johnstown home. “She straightened me up,” Sister Jane says, referring to her Aunt with a laugh and recalling her kindness and profound influence.
Fun-loving and fearless, Sister Jane left a 13-year teaching ministry to live among and care for the people of Borba, an isolated village along the Madiera River in Amazonas, Brazil, accessible only by boat. “My Portuguese wasn’t so good,” she recalls, but she was eager to serve, providing first aid and a compassionate presence to those suffering under conditions of extreme poverty.
After six years in Brazil, Sister Jane embraced a new challenge: helping people with significant physical disabilities adapt to life-changing injuries. As an Occupational Therapist in rural Kentucky, she encouraged her patients to paint, to write, and to never give up hope.
Artistic, creative, and caring, Sister Jane brings the joy of faith and hope in Christ to all she meets.