A Favorite Memory - Sister Miriam Therese Roncinske, SSND

Sister Therese Roncinske, SSNDSister Miriam Therese Roncinske, SSND – Seventy year jubilee

I have been blessed in many ways as a School Sister of Notre Dame.  

One happy memory I recall was volunteering at Tacony Orphanage in New Jersey one summer.  I was asked to fill in for another sister who was finishing her education. It was a most wonderful experience with children waiting to be placed in foster homes. Day care activities and play yard supervision filled my day. Near the close of July, the Navy Yard sponsored a fun day for all the children and teachers. Busses took us to a park in Camden for pony rides, games and a picnic with surprises for each child. Needless to say, everyone went home with good times to remember.

Mary Rita Roncinske was one of seven children to parents, Katherine Agnes Duffy from Ireland and Oscar Coleman Roncinske from Rochester, New York. She was born on June 23, 1929 in Rochester. She entered the congregation at age 18 in Baltimore in 1947 and professed first vows in 1950. She was an educator for nearly four decades, teaching history at Holy Angels Academy in Demarest, N.J. for 21 years and as a librarian at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in New Hampshire for nearly 10 years. For the last twenty years, Sister Miriam Therese was a parish minister at Sister Margaret Mary Church, a volunteer at Notre Dame Learning Center and Monroe Community Hospital. She now ministers in prayer and presence.

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