Newman celebrates Sister Charlotte Rohrbach’s life


Having recently suffered the loss of Sister Charlotte Rohrbach, the Newman community will gather to honor her and reflect on her life together.

There will be a celebration for Sister Charlotte held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 18, in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center on campus. Due to COVID-19, the usual social distancing guidelines will be in place and those in attendance must wear masks.

Laura Hartley, director of alumni and campus events, provided more details on the event itself, who is involved and how it came about.

“Dr. (Kathleen) Jagger wanted a time when Newman could celebrate Sister Charlotte’s life, especially knowing that the funeral would be limited.”

This opportunity gives those who were not at the funeral an official setting to gather in respect of her.

A variety of staff were behind the effort, such as the President’s Office, the Alumni Department, the Events Department and the Adorers of the Blood of Christ.

Hartley said, “There will be prayers and scripture readings but most of the celebration will involve people sharing personal stories of experiences with Sister Charlotte. Anyone in attendance will be invited to share.”

Hartley also spoke very sweetly about Sister Charlotte, saying that “[she] was a shining example of dedication — dedication to this university, dedication to her students and dedication to the ASC. She was an original.”


The celebration is open to the entire Newman community and beyond, but an RSVP is required, which may be done through this form.



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