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Sister Rosemary Ward

Formerly Sister Sebastian

Sister Rosemary was born on April 7, 1936 and died on October 21, 2020.


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Sister Rosemary, formerly Sister Sebastian, was a native of Chicago. Her final ministry was in prayer and as a justice advocate at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Prior to this, she ministered in social justice and as the director of an English as a Second Language site in Bolingbrook, Illinois.

Sister Rosemary entered the Congregation on July 22, 1958. She professed final vows on August 15, 1966.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She also has a master’s of studies degree in biology and chemistry from the University of North Dakota.

Sister Rosemary also ministered as a teacher, chemist, office supervisor, computer programmer and parish business manager.

Sister Rosemary Ward (formerly Sister Sebastian)

Complete Ministry

In Indiana: Registrar, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1961-66); Teacher, St. Rose High School, Vincennes (1968-70).

In Illinois: Teacher, Providence High School, New Lenox (1966-68); Teacher, Providence-St. Mel, Chicago (1970-71); Teacher, Mother Theodore Guerin High School, River Grove (1971-75); Teacher, Providence High School, New Lenox (1975-76); Chemist, Silliker Laboratories, Chicago Heights (1976-77); Teacher, St. Joseph High School, Chicago (1977-78); Office Supervisor, Putman Publishing Company, Chicago (1978-80); Computer Programmer/Analyst, Household Finance Corporation, Prospect Heights (1980-87); Parish Business Manager, St. Francis Xavier Parish, Wilmette (1987-88); Assistant Manager for Religious Medical Programs, Christian Brothers Services, Romeoville (1988-96); Systems/Services Manager, Christian Brothers Services, Romeoville (1996-99); Director of Systems/Services, Christian Brothers Services, Romeoville (1999-2009); Peace and Justice Activities, Bolingbrook (2010-14); Peace and Justice Activities/Director of English as a Second Language Site, Bolingbrook (2014-19).


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