(Plain Press, July 2017) On Sunday June 4th, parishioners from St. Rocco Parish joined with members of the St. Rocco School community – staff, alumni, students and parents — to bid farewell to Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity, as the religious order ends its long tenure at St. Rocco School.
Sister Judith Wulk, who served as Principal at St. Rocco this past year, says the Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity have been at St. Rocco’s School since it opened in 1927 – serving the parish school for 90 years. This past year five members of the religious order, taught and served as staff at the school: Sr. Judith, Sr. Christine, Sr. Maria Jeanne, Sr. Josephine, and Sr. Mary.
The Convent of the Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity is located at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in Euclid, Ohio. Many of the seventeen sisters that live in the Convent have taught over the years at either St. Rocco School on Fulton Road in the Clark Fulton neighborhood or Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School at W. 70th and Detroit in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood.
Sister Rochelle, who taught at both schools, and served as principal at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in the late 1980s said the Sisters of Most Holy Trinity left Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in 1997 after having given the parish a year and a half notice of their intent to leave. The notice allowed the parish to secure another order of sisters to administer and teach at the school. Sister Rochelle said at the time the number of sisters in the order were down and they could no longer serve both schools.
Sister Rochelle says the Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity have “always been there for the children.” As the neighborhood changed over the past 90 years, the sisters kept on helping the families in the parish and the neighborhood, she said.
As for next school year, the St. Rocco Parish website says Matthew Daniels, principal of Holy Trinity Catholic School in Assumption, Ohio has been chosen as the new principal at St. Rocco Parish Elementary School.