Kolasa SJ, Sister Roberta P., Saginaw, Michigan


Sister Roberta Kolasa was born on September 22, 1938 in Saginaw Michigan, the younger of the two children of Stanley and Grace Kolasa (Kosinski). Roberta graduated from Holy Rosary High School in 1956 and entered the Felician Sisters’ Convent in Livonia, Michigan in September, 1956. After receiving her BA from Madonna College in Livonia, Roberta was well prepared to teach English, Latin and Religious Studies in several high schools in the Archdiocese of Detroit the Diocese of Saginaw. In 1964 she began studies in Theology at Regina Mundi University in Rome. These studies inspired Roberta to devote her career to teaching Christian spirituality and theological classes to countless numbers of adults. She was primarily instrumental in beginning and directing the Lay Ministry Program in the Diocese of Saginaw from 1984 to her retirement in 2009. Roberta also received an MA in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University in Omaha in 1982. As a Felician Sister, Roberta was involved in several leadership positions, formation director for the young Sisters and a delegate to Rome for the Chapters of the Order in the late 1960’s. In the summer of 1973, Roberta was among the first Sisters who founded the new order of the Servants of Jesus. The Community received the official approval of the Vatican on August 6, 1974. In addition to her ministry of spiritual direction; directorship of the Lay Ministry program and the Center for Ministry; work with engaged couples using the Meyers-Briggs testing; teaching weekend theology, scripture and spirituality classes; and directing retreats and workshops, Roberta had spent several years of leadership in the Servants of Jesus Community. She was currently President of the Community. During her years of ministry, Roberta was recognized with the National Association of Lay Ministry Award and the Saginaw Catholic Schools Hall of Fame. Roberta is survived by her brother Frank (Norma); many nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews; friends and colleagues; lay ministers; caretakers; and, the Sisters and Associates of her Order, the Servants of Jesus. Roberta’s Funeral Mass will take place on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Road, Saginaw. Rev. William Taylor will preside and preach. There will be no visiting hours at the funeral home. Family and friends are invited to come to Holy Spirit Church on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 from 12:00-8:00 p.m. and on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until time of Mass. A Vigil Liturgy, led by the Most Rev. Joseph Cistone, will take place at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday in the Church. Homilist for the Vigil Liturgy will be Rev. James Bessert. A private interment will take place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Servants of Jesus Retirement Fund. When asked what she would like her legacy to be, Roberta responded: “That I was a true servant; that I loved and served God’s people; that I lived life to the fullest.” Truly, Roberta’s wisdom, sense of humor, love of a good party, and gifts of discernment of persons will live on the hearts of all who knew and loved her. Well done, good and faithful servant! www.snowfuneralhome.net