Sister Cecile “Ceil” Roeger, O.P.
Sister Ceil was born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. She was one of six children and has fond memories of spending the summers outdoors with them and the neighbor children, playing games and going to the lake; in the winter, ice skating and sled riding. Sister Ceil attended Most Precious Blood Grade School and Central Catholic High School in Ft. Wayne.
“I am what is considered a late vocation to Consecrated Life entering the community on August 31, 1990. “ Sister Ceil was 49. “I met the Dominican Sisters in the late 1970’s and found that my interests in feminism and other justice issues were in line with theirs. Several sisters attended many of the same groups that I did and I found myself drawn to their charism. The support in standing together when speaking out on issues inspired me to answer Sister Paula’s call to ‘Come and See’.”
Before entering the order, Sister Ceil graduated from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in Ft. Wayne. She went on to work at the state psychiatric hospital. Eventually she found herself back at St. Joseph’s Hospital as part of the team that opened a psychiatric ward at the hospital. In 1969 she moved to Texas and began working within the Memorial Hospital System (now Memorial Hermann Health Care System).
During her years at Memorial Hospital she attended the University of Houston, graduating with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Houston Baptist University with a Masters in Human Resource Management. In 1996 she graduated from the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio with a Masters in Theological Studies.
Since entering the community most of Sister Ceils’ service has been within the Dominican Community. From 1998-2001 she served as the Administrator at St. Dominic Villa. “This was an enriching experience that provided an opportunity to get to know the sisters along with the history of the community as I listened to their stories.”
In 2001 she moved to Oak Park, Illinois, suburb of Chicago and lived in an Alliance House of Preaching with sisters from other Dominican congregations. This experience was challenging and enriching. “There were four of us from three different Dominican Congregations. While each of us was engaged in a different ministry, our goal was to make community life a priority. Each of us made an effort to be present for morning and evening prayers and for evening meals. Our community life included making sure we had fun together. We celebrated birthdays and holidays together.”
Sister Ceil returned to Houston in 2005 and assumed the role of Promoter of Justice, Peace and Care of Creation for the community. She still serves in this position today.
In her free time, Sister Ceil enjoys reading and movies. “I like being active and enjoy walking along the bayou and in Hermann Park.”
From notes submitted by Sister Cecile Roeger, O.P. 2014.