Sister Roseanne Cook was born in Yonkers, New York. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1958 and was received into the novitiate in 1959 as Sister Kenneth Marie. She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Fontbonne College in 1963; a doctorate in biology from Washington University in 1972, and a doctor of medicine in family medicine from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1983.
Sister Roseanne began her CSJ ministry as a teacher at St. Joseph’s Academy in St. Louis from 1963 to 1966. The following year, she was a faculty member at Fontbonne College. After receiving her doctorate in 1972, she returned to Fontbonne College as a faculty member until 1979.
Beginning in 1983, after completing her studies to become a doctor of medicine, Sister Roseanne spent three years as a resident physician at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale, Illinois.
Upon completing her studies for a doctor of medicine, Sister Roseanne was a resident physician at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale, Illinois, from 1983 to 1986.
For the next 31 years, she served the dear neighbors of southern Alabama as a physician at both the Vredenburgh Health Center in Vredenburgh and the Grace Busse Rural Clinic in Pine Apple.
In 2017, Sister Roseanne retired to Kirkwood, Missouri, and lives out her CSJ ministry as a volunteer.