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Sister Elizabeth Roach, 87, of the Maryknoll Sisters is celebrating 70 years in the order

Noteworthy: The Maryknoll Sisters will celebrate Roach’s 70th year in the Roman Catholic order with a special Mass in February at the group’s headquarters in Maryknoll, N.Y. Visit the group online at maryknollsisters.org.

Age: 87

Residence: Sister Elizabeth was born in Greenfield, raised in Hazelwood and lives in Maryknoll.

Occupation: Author of children’s books and guest speaker online for classrooms around the world

Education: Bachelor’s degree in education, plus certifications in chemistry and biology, from Peru’s Santa Maria University in 1970; registered medical technologist by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and Duquesne University in 1952

Background: Sister Elizabeth joined the Maryknoll Sisters in late 1946 after graduating from Lawrenceville’s St. John the Baptist High School. She took her vows in 1949. Overseas assignments took her to Chile, Bolivia, Panama and Peru as a teacher, researcher and medical technologist at clinics serving the poor. In 1977, she worked at Mercy Hospital, Uptown. She she held leadership positions within the Order in Hawaii and New York. She continues to provide prison ministry to the Sing-Sing Correctional Facility.

Quote: “I would like Pittsburghers to know how grateful I am for the faith community and good neighbors that nurtured my vocation — the now-deceased Monsignor Joseph Meenan, The Sisters of Charity and the wonderful classmates I had throughout my school years and, of course, my family.”

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