By Ramie Churchill


4100 S 4th St Leavenworth, KS 66048




May 5th, 2020


Ramie Churchill

        Digital Communications Student

    Sister Rosie

Sister Rosie, born February 7th in Wyandotte Kansas, was one-off 11 siblings. A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Sister Rosie is the daughter of the late Lorraine M. Sambol Kolich and Steve J. Kolich.

The importance of Catholic education was instilled in the family by her parents as Sister Rosie, and her 11 siblings, who graduated from St. John the Baptist Grade School and Bishop Ward High School in Kansas City.  She received her B.A. from Saint Mary College (now USM) in 1980. Her M.A. from Middlebury College (Bread Loaf School of English, where she studied Shakespeare at Oxford) in 1996, and her Ph.D. from Saint Louis University in 2013, with her doctoral study examining the life and works of 19th-century British writer Elizabeth Gaskell.

She has been a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth for 38 years, is an English professor and Director of the English Program at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas. Before teaching at USM, she taught At Billings Central in Montana where she taught journalism, the school newspaper received top awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the Montana School of Journalism, and Quill and Scroll. At Saint Mary, Sister Rosie has taught a variety of courses, including Shakespeare, British Literature, Classical Mythology, Creative Writing, and now Sports Literature; Sister Rosie has also directed retreat and reflection days for various faculty groups. Also, twice annually, honor high school students participate in a book study program at Saint Mary directed by the English majors; Sister Rosie designed and implemented this program in 2007.

In the broader community, Sister Rosie has served on the Caritas Clinics, Inc. Executive Board and the Saint Vincent Clinic Development Committee; she is currently a member of the Commission on Judicial Conduct for the State of Kansas, a TALK (Talk About Literature in Kansas) Scholar for the Kansas Humanities Council, and the American Representative to the Gaskell Society in England. Growing up, Sister was a member of the St. John Catholic Club Tamburitzas, traveling twice to Croatia with the performing group.


Ramie Churchill is a Junior at the University of Saint Mary studying Digital Communications.