As a senior in high school, when Sr. Rosemary Finnegan’s parish priest asked her if she would consider becoming a religious sister – she laughed in response. The oldest of nine children, Sr. Finnegan imagined having a family herself one day and working as a teacher or a nurse. She headed to college and busied herself in clubs and social activities, but the question of her priest was continually in the back of her mind.
Sr. Finnegan eventually gave in to the call of God and joined the Adrian Dominicans, who had been her teachers at school. She feels fortunate to have entered religious life during Vatican II with the new energy that it brought to the Church.
“How fortunate I was to be immersed in the changes it brought about in the Church, and specifically religious life, and to be formed in that spirit by a community of Dominican women who eagerly looked for new and relevant ways to be preachers of the Gospel message in our world” reflects Sr. Finnegan.
As a Dominican, Sr. Finnegan has had the opportunity to receive her Masters in Social Work and to serve around the world in ministries including, working with families of inmates, young pregnant women and their families, teaching junior high religion, and presently, directing the adult faith formation program at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Winter Park.
Reflecting on the past 50 years, Sr. Finnegan says, “Would I live this life again, minister with and to people in their most vulnerable moments, and preach the love of the Lord for all? Simply, gratefully, and humbly, I would say overwhelmingly ‘yes’!”