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For almost seven decades, Sister Rose Rotella, D.C. has dedicated herself to the service and care of God’s children. At St. Vincent’s Day Care in Evansville, Indiana, she taught kindergarten and singing. While at the Allen Memorial Home in Mobile, Alabama, Sister Rose added theater arts to her responsibilities and also helped find homes for girls and boys. Later in San Francisco, California, she counseled troubled youth at Mt. St. Joseph’s Home for Children. For the greater part of the last forty years, Sister Rose devoted herself to the care and instruction of the developmentally disabled children at St. Vincent’s in Santa Barbara, California. She has been a tireless advocate for those in need.
Admired for her strong commitment to children, her deep faith, and her wonderful sense of humor, Sister Rose now greets visitors on a part-time basis and helps with special projects at St. Vincent’s. She also acts as the resident “historian.” In addition, Sister Rose is the moderator of the Ladies of Charity of Santa Barbara. In her mission outreach, she frequently visits shut-ins, the poor, the sick, and the dying.
According to Sister Rose, her greatest accomplishments are being called by God to become a Daughter of Charity and working with all of God’s children. She writes: “Through counseling both children and parents, I have received much satisfaction and happiness in my life as a Daughter of Charity. I hope our Lord, St. Vincent, and St. Louise have been pleased with me and what I hope to have accomplished doing His work in His way for His Honor and Glory.”
On her 90th birthday, with gratitude and love, we honor Sister Rose for her dedicated service to the children of Santa Barbara and her many contributions to St. Vincent’s. She is truly a blessing to all who know and love her. Congratulations to Sister Rose!
For more on Sister Rose Rotella, D.C., please see the article that appeared in The Tidings, April 27, 2012.