Current Ministry Location-East Timor
Sister Rosalva was born in Potosí, Tomas Frias, Bolivia. She graduated from Auxiliador High School in Lapaz, Bolivia in 1980 and then earned a Bachelor of Arts in systems analysis from El Instituto Superior Amerindia in 1982 and in 1999, a Licentiate Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University San Andrés, both located in La Paz, Bolivia. She was a computer programmer.
Sister Rosalva entered the Congregation on August 5, 2000 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY. She made her First Vows on August 11, 2002 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY and her Final Vows January 21, 2010 in Hua Hin, Thailand.
In 2002, Sister Rosalva was assigned to Aileu, East Timor, there she conducts health education programs for the many refugees in East Timor. She is very involved in providing clean water and good nutrition for Timorese children. Malaria prevention is another goal toward which Sister Rosalva is working on and she also teaches at the High School in Aileu. In addition, she founded the Aileu Resource and Training Center which offers classes in skills such as computers and English. She has also organized community development projects in several villages.