Math professor believes in value of Catholic Education

Monday, October 23, 2017

For Dr. Roseanne Wolf, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics at Dubuque University, her Catholic education was one of the greatest gifts ever.

Reflecting on her years in kindergarten through eighth grade at the former Our Lady of Good Counsel in Fonda (no longer open) and her high school years at St. Mary’s, Storm Lake, Dr. Wolf holds dear many memories.

“The teachers were amazing in both schools, always willing to spend extra time with us on projects outside of the classroom.”

At a young age, Roseanne learned the meaning and significance of Mass and all of its components from priests who provided students liturgical instructions.

“Understanding the Mass gave me a greater appreciation for what occurs during the liturgy. Taking scripture class for Confirmation from our priests was a great way to deepen my faith,” notes Dr. Wolf. “In a Catholic education, lessons in faith are intertwined through daily religion classes, weekly school Masses, prayers before class and team prayers before athletic events.

Since then, the importance of a Catholic education has reached far and wide into the college educator’s life.

“When faced with a medical issue a few years ago, I knew the value of asking my priest for spiritual strength and was totally comfortable doing so. I couldn’t have gotten through that time without my faith.”

While opportunities at public schools may be tempting, Dr. Wolf adds, it’s our faith that gets us through life. “When we are faced with challenges, we turn to God and there’s no better way to start learning that from an early age.”

To this day, she keeps a steady reminder of these seeds of faith planted in her life many years ago.

“In my freshman religion class, we wrote a quote on a notecard that is still hanging on the refrigerator: ‘Your life is God’s gift to you, what you do with your life is your gift to God.’ Now, more than ever, I feel the responsibility to give back what I’ve been blessed with.”

You could say this Catholic school grad lives her faith. When not teaching math at Dubuque University, she stays very active in her parish, St. Columbkille’s of Dubuque, where she serves on Pastoral Council and representative to the Faith Formation Council, is a Eucharistic Minister and parish volunteer.

Columbkille’s of Dubuque, where she serves on Pastoral Council and representative to the Faith Formation Council, is a Eucharistic Minister and parish volunteer.