Sister Mary Roch Rocklage
Sister Mary Roch Rocklage1935-Inducted in 2011
Inducted in 2011
As fewer young Catholic women chose to enter the sisterhood in the decades after World War II, it became gradually inevitable that nuns would no longer be exclusively running Catholic healthcare facilities.
Sister Mary Roch Rocklage is among those who led Catholic healthcare across that bridge, while simultaneously leading a disparate group of hospitals across 28 cities into the integrated Sisters of Mercy Health System.
“We could see back then already that there would be fewer sisters,” says Rocklage, who served as the health system’s first president and CEO from 1986 to 1999 and board chair from 1999 to 2003.
“We wanted to make sure the structure we put in place would ensure that the purpose and mission would go forward. … We focused a lot on, ‘How do we prepare all of our leaders to be effective leaders, understand who we are, and best steward our resources?' "