Rosie is a Brigidine Sister whose early years in ministry were spent teaching in primary and secondary schools across Victoria. This included being the Principal of four different secondary schools.
A canon lawyer, Rosie lectures in canon law at Yarra Theological Union and is an adviser on canonical issues. The thesis for her PhD was titled, The Understanding and Practice of the Vow of Obedience by a Selected Group of Women Religious: An Australian Study. It is the first comprehensive Australian study of how women religious view and live this vow today. Rosie has been the Provincial Leader of her Congregation and is also a past President of Catholic Religious Australia, the peak body representing the Congregations of Women and Men Religious in Australia.
Rosie is a Judge on the Marriage Tribunal for Victoria and Tasmania and a Judge for the Appeal Tribunal for Australia and New Zealand. She is also a member of the Canon Law Society of Australia and New Zealand. She has a particular interest in the governance of church organisations and earlier this year she convened a very successful weekend workshop on The Principles and Practice of Church Governance which drew participants from most Australian states. Last month Rosie was a member of the planning group which organised the Voices of Challenge and Hope conference where she also presented a paper.