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Sr. Jeanne Marie Hatch to Retire After 16 Years at Rosemont

Sr. Jeanne Marie Hatch speaks with a female student in an office. They are angled toward the camera. Sr. Jeanne is a senior woman, with short brown hair, a pink blazer, and glasses. The student is a young black woman wearing glasses, a purple t-shirt, and a black hair covering.Sr. Jeanne Hatch, SHCJ, Vice President for Mission, will retire on June 30 after 16 years at Rosemont.  Sr. Jeanne has been a sister of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus for more than 65 years. She was profiled in a recent Rosemont College Magazine article.

“I have been abundantly blessed by God over my 84 years, 66 of which have been in the Society of the Holy Child,” said Sr. Jeanne. “I have been privileged to serve in several Holy Child Schools and as SHCJ Vocation Discernment Minister and have enjoyed every ministry.”

In her time at Rosemont, she has overseen hundreds of liturgies, planned dozens of service trips and retreats, organized many Heritage and Founders’ weeks, and educated students, faculty, and staff members about Cornelia Connelly and her educational philosophy.

In addition, Sr. Jeanne established the Mission in Action Committee, serving as its Chair, helped to establish the protocols for weddings in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, served as the Chair of the Safety Committee, and served as the Co-Chair of the Commission on the Legacy of Slavery at Rosemont College.

“It was a joy to minister with a dedicated administration, staff, and faculty to meet the needs of the age at Rosemont,” said Sr. Jeanne. “Together we brought forth the powerful mission of the College for all to experience through actions as well as words. These relationships with the College Community as well as those with our students are treasures I will take with me.”

Many of us have seen Sr. Jeanne in Campus Ministry, around campus at the numerous events she attends, or even taking to the sky on the zip line as our own “Flying Nun” at the annual Oktoberfest celebration. Upon her retirement, she plans to seek a part-time volunteer position in educational and/or spiritual ministry.

“I do not live far away so do not be surprised when I show up for the zip line or to cheer for the Ravens on the court or the field! I ask each of you to take good care of my friend, Sr. Peg Doyle, the new Vice President for Mission. “And now, I say, ‘Goodbye Rosemont. I love you and I will miss you!’”

Members of the Rosemont community  gathered on Thursday, June 25th on Zoom for a retirement celebration for Sister Jeanne. Faculty and alumni, and members of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus from across the world,  shared their favorite “Sr. Jeanne Story,” words of appreciation, and wishes for her retirement. Below is a video produced for the event: