Mercy’s Sister Mary Roch Rocklage

On August 24, 2023, the life and service of Sister Mary Roch Rocklage was commemorated in a sculpture installed at The Mercy Center for Performance Medicine & Specialty Care, on the campus of Mercy St. Louis. Jane DeDecker, FNSS, was commissioned to sculpt Sister Roch, as she was affectionately known by those in the Mercy community and beyond.

The sculpture, Permeating Presence, reflects three phases of Sister Roch’s life:

  1. A young Sister of Mercy, representing a time when she worked in the hospital and hospital administration.
  2. A health care leader who stepped into the national spotlight with the American Hospital Association and Catholic Health Association, testifying before Congress and sharing her passion for health care access for all.
  3. A prayerful matriarch in recent years, when she served as an emeritus Mercy board member, cared for other Sisters of Mercy at Mercy Center in St. Louis and mentored current Mercy co-workers and leaders.