“To go forth teaching all nations is certainly part of our mission vocation; to make humanity aware of God’s presence among us, to give a sense of personal dignity to all is also a part of it. Our programs [on Radio San Miguel] are geared to do just that.”
Teacher, TV producer and radio station manager Sister Rosemary Kane can most often be found these days working at a soup kitchen in Cochbamba, Bolivia, where she also directs a group of young people in an annual English language play, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Archdiocesan Institute for the Blind and on the religious formation team at Maryknoll High School.
Born in New York City in 1927, Sister Rosemary graduated from St. Agnes High School, Rockville Centre, NY, in 1945 and joined the Maryknoll Sisters in 1946.
After her first profession of vows in 1949, Sister Rosemary was assigned to Hawaii and spent her first year on Maui, teaching in the primary school. During the next nine years she taught primary and secondary school on the island of Oahu.
In 1959 she returned to Maryknoll and did promotion work for two years before studying at Maryknoll Teachers College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Education. Following graduation in 1963, she was assigned to St. Anthony of Padua Primary School in the South Bronx, NY as school principal, sixth grade teacher and house superior. During 1964 she also attended classes for Leadership in Elementary School at Hunter College, New York, NY, and Fordham University in the Bronx.
In 1967, after studying the Spanish language in Cochabamba, Sister Rosemary was assigned to Riberalta, a small town in Bolivia’s Amazon Basin. There, after studying the Spanish language, she did home visiting and river trips, preparing the people who lived along the nearby Beni River for Mass and the sacraments. In 1968 she co-founded Radio San Miguel in collaboration with a Maryknoll priest, setting up the communication system of the Vicariate. The station served as the main source of communication, education and entertainment for all the people of Riberalta.
At the invitation of the head of the Communication Department of Indiana University in 1977, Sister Rosemary studied TV and video for two years, then went to Cochabamba, a city set in the foothills of the towering Andes Mountains, where she worked with the Maryknoll Fathers, producing video programs for children and as their bookkeeper. In 1984 she was named as manager of Radio San Raphael, an archdiocesan radio station in Cochabamba and worked there for eighteen years.
Sister Rosemary continues to minister in Cochabamba, satisfied by the opportunity her life has given her to impact the people of Bolivia’s Amazon Basin and Andes foothills, to help them understand their worth and grow in a faith that informs and strengthens their lives.