Sr. Mary Roselita Holthaus OP
Was born in St. Louis, MO and baptized Teresa.
In the 30s and 40s, she attended Sacred Heart school in Oconee. In the middle and upper grades, she began thinking of becoming a Sister. She dearly loved the Ursuline Sisters and became very curious about their lives. Her aunt was also a Sister.
The Sacred Heart Messenger came monthly into their home and, very secretly, she would find the advertisements describing the Sisters’ lifestyles and would read them to see what community would most fit her. During her high school days, however, when she was not around the Sisters any longer, vocation thoughts escaped her mind.
After graduation from high school, she found a position in the office of St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.The St. Rita Club, which provided hospitality to employees who lived out of town, was situated in a building connected to the hospital. Here, she met a young woman from Wisconsin who also had dreams of becoming a Sister, and together, they went out to visit the motherhouse in Riverton, Illinois. This community ministered primarily in healthcare, and she did feel drawn to that ministry.
Then another friend, Leona, whose sister was a Dominican, invited her to the motherhouse in Springfield. She was impressed that it was a teaching order, and the vocation booklet the Sisters gave her answered all her questions. She felt the strength of the Holy Spirit calling her to the Dominican life.
On February 2, 1949, she left for Springfield to enter the Dominican Order. As a going away present to herself, she put on the record player to hear some popular music, and as she left, what should be playing but “How is the Hour.”