Sister Diane Roche, RSCJ Visits the Ridge
Stephany Fontanone, Director of Upper School

 

We were honored to welcome Sr. Diane Roche, RSCJ back to the Ridge (she was Dean of Students at Forest Ridge in the ‘80s!) on September 26 and 27 as a kickoff to the Service Learning Program in the Upper School. In my previous life at Stone Ridge, I had the honor and privilege of watching Sr. Roche inspire students. I enjoyed working with Sr. Roche at least once or twice a year, since she was often in DC either working at the Network Office, leading the Society’s center for Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation, coming to visit us as part of the Provincial Team, or joining us at Mass or during our Social Action Days.

When I think of a social awareness which impels to action, I think of Diane Roche. She is an amazing embodiment of the Sacred Heart charism and mission. Her vocation has been devoted to creating a more just and equitable world. While on campus, Sr. Roche dropped into an array of classes, had lunch with our students, hosted an evening session for our families, and had an informal but inspiring interview and Q+A session facilitated by two of our own members of the Class of 2025. While she answered questions from the crowd (she is team dog and team Cheez-its, “the more cheese the better”), she also inspired us with her call to action to lead with love and to encounter Jesus in everyone we meet.

Our Upper School students took that humble zeal with them on their Service Learning Day on October 11. Whether serving off campus at Friendly Village in Redmond, or contributing in ways here on the Ridge, our students helped to play a part in making someone’s day just a little bit better. I’m hopeful they’ll continue to be inspired by Sr. Roche’s spirit and sense of mission as they cultivate their own lives of purpose to transform the world.

Stephany Fontanone
Director of Upper School