Sister Roch was a Sister of Mercy for 67 years. She was a native of St. Louis, Missouri, and entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1954. She professed perpetual vows in 1960. She earned her undergraduate degree in nursing in 1961 from St. Xavier College in Chicago, Illinois, and received her master’s in hospital administration from St. Louis University in 1963.
Sister Roch’s faithful service to her community, the Sisters of Mercy, the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and the ministry of Catholic healthcare in the United States spanned seven decades. Included during this time was an important role as a healthcare consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2003 until 2007.
Sister Roch always spoke of her blessing of being a part of a strong faith-based Catholic family and a member of the Religious Sisters of Mercy. She relished time spent outside. A special place for her is the Missouri Botanical Garden. She enjoyed listening to audiobooks and music while simultaneously crocheting many gifted items.
Among all of her gifts and accomplishments, Sister Roch will be remembered as a faithful daughter of God and follower of Catherine McAuley. Her passion for the profession of nursing was surpassed only by her unconditional love for serving God’s marginalized people.
Sister Roch spent her final years at Catherine’s Residence in St. Louis.