Roberta Kolasa, SJ

1938 - 2013

Sr. Roberta Kolasa, SJSister Roberta Kolasa was born on September 22, 1938 in Saginaw MI, the younger of the two children of Stanley and Grace Kolasa (Kosinski). Roberta graduated from Holy Rosary High School in 1956 and entered the Felician Sisters’ Convent in Livonia MI in September, 1956.

After receiving her BA from Madonna College in Livonia, Roberta was well prepared to teach English, Latin and Religious Studies in several high schools in the Archdiocese of Detroit and the Diocese of Saginaw. 

In 1964 she began studies in Theology at Regina Mundi University in Rome. These studies inspired Roberta to devote her career to teaching Christian spirituality and theological classes to countless numbers of adults. She was primarily instrumental in beginning and directing the Lay Ministry Program in the Diocese of Saginaw from 1984 to her retirement in 2009.  Roberta also received an MA in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University in Omaha in 1982.

As a Felician Sister, Roberta was involved in several leadership positions, formation director for the young Sisters and a delegate to Rome for the Chapters of the Order in the late 1960’s.  In the summer of 1973, Roberta was among the first Sisters who founded the new order of the Servants of Jesus. The Community received the official approval of the Vatican on August 6, 1974.  In addition to her ministry of spiritual direction; directorship of the Lay Ministry program and the Center for Ministry; work with engaged couples using the Meyers-Briggs testing; teaching weekend theology, scripture and spirituality classes; and directing retreats and workshops,  Roberta spent several years of leadership in the Servants of Jesus Community. She was currently President of the Community. During her years of ministry, Roberta was recognized with the National Association of Lay Ministry Award and the Saginaw Catholic Schools Hall of Fame.


Roberta’s Funeral Liturgy will take place at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Shields on Thursday, October 3 at 11 a.m.  Rev. William Taylor will preside and preach. There will be no visitation at the Snow Funeral Home.  Family and friends are invited to come to Holy Spirit Church on Wednesday, October 2, 12 - 8 p.m. A Vigil Service will be led by Most Rev. Bishop Joseph Cistone.  Rev. James Bessert will deliver the homily at the Service.  A private internment will take place at Mt. Olive Cemetery.

Roberta is survived by her brother Frank (Norma); many nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews; friends and colleagues; lay ministers; caretakers; and, the Sisters and Associates of her Order, the Servants of Jesus.

When asked what she would like her legacy to be, Roberta responded: “That I was a true servant; that I loved and served God’s people; that I lived life to the fullest.” Truly, Roberta’s wisdom, sense of humor, love of a good party, and gifts of discernment of persons will live on the hearts of all who knew and loved her.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Servants of Jesus Retirement Fund.


     Well done, good and faithful servant!