It’s 9 A.M. and Sr. Jean Clare Rohe is preparing to head over to the rectory at St. Anthony Parish in Baltimore where she volunteers three or four mornings each week. Her work consists primarily of answering door and phone but her service is a gift to both parishioners and to the parish staff. “Callers are happy to get a ‘voice’ on the phone and visitors appreciate a chance for a few words and a ‘God bless you’ when they come to the door,” she explained. “Many of the people knew our sisters in the past and are eager to express their gratitude.” The parish administrator also appreciates Jean’s help, especially on days when bulk mailings are being prepared.
Jean first met the Sisters of St. Francis when she started first grade at St. Joseph School in Fullerton, Maryland. Eventually both Jean and her sister, Sr. Ellen Patricia, entered the congregation as did four of their cousins: Srs. Alice Joseph, John Catherine, and Alice Catherine Rohe, and Doris Barlow. All are now deceased except for John Catherine. During most of her years in community, Jean ministered in education—initially in elementary school and then in secondary school. She particularly loved teaching science, especially biology.