Memorial Mass Honoring Sister Mary Roselle, O.P. Scheduled
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Memorial Mass Honoring Sister Mary Roselle, O.P. Scheduled

“In the beginning there was only a vision,” according to the 1993 edition of

Veritas, STA’s yearbook. “But now there is a reality, a thriving Catholic high school in Tangipahoa Parish and Sister Roselle was an integral part in making the dream of STA into a reality.”  Sister Mary Roselle Orso, O.P., the first Principal of Saint Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School, passed away peacefully from the care of her Dominican Sisters to the loving arms of our Lord on Feb. 7, 2014. She served STA as Principal from 1986-1992. 

“Sister Roselle, our first Principal, worked tirelessly with parents, students, and community leaders to bring out the best in each of us and to ensure the support of the community,” said current Principal Jose Becerra. “She left a thriving high school with a firmly established reputation for Christian service and academic excellence.”

 The STA community will offer a Memorial Mass in her honor on Wednesday, March 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the STA Commons.  STA Chaplain Father Randy Cuevas will be the Celebrant.  All are welcome, especially those who knew Sister Mary Roselle, to gather with our Falcon family to remember a beautiful lady who was so important to continuing the tradition of Catholic educational excellence in Tangipahoa Parish.  A brief reception will follow the Mass.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sister Mary Roselle OP Scholarship fund at STA, 14520 Voss Drive, Hammond, LA 70401 or to the Dominican Sisters Retirement Fund, 1237 W. Monroe, Springfield, IL 62704.



Sister M. Roselle Orso, OP
SPRINGFIELD, IL - Sister M. Roselle Orso, OP (83) a Dominican Sister of Springfield for 61 years, died Feb. 7, 2014. She was born to Joseph and Winifred Boente Orso in Carlinville, Ill.
For 43 years, Sister M. Roselle taught or administered in Catholic education at St. John Bosco, Chicago; Holy Angels, Aurora; St. Mary, Mt. Sterling; St. Cabrini, Christ the King and Sacred Heart Academy in Springfield; Marian Catholic in Chicago Heights; and St. Thomas Aquinas in Hammond, La. For four years she offered pastoral care at St. Catherine's Village in Madison, Miss. In 1999 she retired to the motherhouse.
Sister M. Roselle was preceded in death by her father and mother; her brother, Joseph; and her sisters, Frances Mack and Jean Bene. She is survived by her brothers, Donald and Richard, and her nephews and nieces.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sister Mary Roselle OP Scholarship fund at STA, 14520 Voss Drive, Hammond, LA 70401 or to the Dominican Sisters Retirement Fund, 1237 W. Monroe, Springfield, IL 62704.



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