Rose Ann Howard, SCN

Posted by Spalding Hurst

February 7, 2022

Rose Ann Howard, SCN, 85, was born in Waverly, Kentucky, on June 3, 1936. She died Feb. 4, 2022, at Nazareth Home in Louisville, Kentucky. She entered the Ursuline Sisters of Mount St. Joseph, Maple Mount, Kentucky, where she made her final vows in 1957. She transferred into the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in 1974.

Sister Rose’s earliest ministries were in grade school education as a teacher at St. Leonard School in Louisville and St. Catherine School in New Haven, Kentucky. From 1968 to 1973 she was the principal at Mother of Good Counsel in Louisville. Sister Rose began her ministry at Bellarmine University in Louisville in 1973. In her many years there, she served as a lecturer of teacher education, as an assistant professor, as a professor of education, and as the director of secondary education. She chaired several committees for Bellarmine. She also served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Spalding University. 

Sister Rose earned her doctorate in education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville. She later spent time in study and sabbatical in Belgium and returned to Louisville where she volunteered for a variety of organizations. She spent several months in India where she led workshops and visited with her Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and their ministries. 

As director of the office of congregational ministries, Sister Rose guided the various ministries of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. She later served as a board member for some of these ministries. 

She is survived by her sisters Dorothy Howard Herr of Jeffersonville, Indiana, and Mary Howard Ramsey of San Antonio, FL; her brothers Thomas Anthony Howard of Louisville, William Jerome Howard of Louisville, and Dr. James Howard of Jeffersonville. She is survived by her extended family and by her religious community, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.

The Wake was Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Nazareth, Kentucky. The Funeral Mass was Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, at St. Vincent de Paul Church, followed by burial in the Nazareth Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were handled by Ratterman Funeral Home, 3800 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY. Memorials may be sent to the SCN Office of Mission Advancement, P.O. Box 9, Nazareth, KY, 40048.



  1. Carolyn Price

    Jerry, I am so sorry about Sister Rose. Please let everyone know I will pray for her and everyone. We must talk soon. Love you all

  2. Marsha Serdenis, MSN, RN

    Yes, your warm and generous spirit will be with us in your heavenly home. Your kindness and love of your Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, your Cathedral of the Assumption friends, and your Spalding University colleagues , students, and graduates will be remembered by all of us who knew you.

  3. Michelle Vogt Smith

    Thank you so much for always being a source of positivity and encouragement in my life as I grew up. Seeing both you and Sr. Serra out and about in the community always brought a smile to my face. May you Rest In Peace.

  4. Janet Peterworth

    Rose, may the angels, St Angela and Mother Catherine Spaulding accompany you into paradise. Rest peacefully , my friend.

  5. Betty Blandford scn

    Rose was such a bright light for all who knew her. I cherish her friendship and the delight she brought to all who knew her. May she now delight in the presence of her God!!!

  6. Hilda Lobo

    Dear Rose, you were so loving and caring towards me. I recall my stay with you and Mary Serra, you both were so generous and kind.
    May you rest in peace. Miss you

  7. Rita Davis, SCN

    I loved how Rose was always so warm and friendly. May her spirit be with God, her family, and all her SCN and OSU Sisters.

  8. Connie Jaquith

    You colleague at Bellarmine and your friend prays for God’s Grace for you and your family. Your spirit will be missed, your presence always remembered. Rest well in God’s Kingdom.

  9. Maria Brocato

    Dear Rose, I remember out ministry days together with great appreciation.


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