“God used me in ways that I could never have imagined,” said Sister Rose Mary (Marie Aubert) Rank, reflecting on 70 years of service.
She once shared that her greatest love, as a high school teacher and guidance counselor, working with teenagers and helping them recognize their goodness and strengths. “I wanted them to develop sound Christian values and become responsible, contributing adults,” Sister Rose Mary said.
Described as dedicated, sincere and forthright, Sister Rose Mary served 40 years in education at eight high schools, beginning at Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown and culminating at Canevin High School in Pittsburgh in 1990. She subsequently served as a patient companion at Mercy Hospital and hospitality aide at Mercy House where her cheerful disposition resonated with those whom she encountered.
The organizational skills that Sister Rose Mary practiced in education carried over into her new business environment at the Motherhouse where, in 1999, she became Assistant Coordinator of Sisters’ Benefits.
Sister Rose Mary views her life as “a journey with Jesus” and credits her parents and the Sisters of St. Joseph who taught her for guiding her vocation journey. Known for whistling on key, Sister Rose Mary’s passions included family, football, politics and current events.