Sister Stories

Sister Rosanne Popp

Sr. Rosanne Popp was born in a small German farming community, Nada, Texas to Lawrence and Clara Popp.  This family and community instilled a lasting love for God’s creation and the Catholic faith.  Both of these were a central part of every aspect of life in Nada, and out of that love and nurturing sprung many religious vocations, including her own.

Sr. Rosanne entered the Sisters of Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament, and pronounced first vows in 1967.  Since she had an interest in health care, she was assigned first to study nursing (LVN) in Jourdanton, Texas.  This impoverished ranching town in south Texas introduced her to undocumented persons, the lack of basic necessities of life and rattlesnakes.  From this grew her passion for health care, especially those who have few resources and face significant challenges to a health.

Further education led to receiving a BS in nursing from Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX, a MS from the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA as a Family Nurse Practitioner and an MD as a Family Practice physician from University of Texas, San Antonio, TX. 

In 1981, after discerning where she could most fully live out her religious life and serve the people of God, she transferred to the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.  Through this transfer, she furthered her education and had the opportunity to serve God’s poor in Laredo, TX, CHRISTUS Southwest Community Health Center, Houston.  She presently serves in the CHRISTUS Foundation for Health’s Houston ministries as Director of St. Mary’s Clinic, Healthy Living Mobile Unit and School Based Clinics.  These ministries have provided her with the opportunity to pursue her passion of health care for the underserved, providing direct care, leadership for the continuation of mission, and implementation of programs to improve the health of the poor.

For her work over the years, Sister Rosanne has received numerous awards including the: Univ. of St. Thomas 2021 Faithful Citizen Award, Carole & Ronald Krist Samaritan Counseling Center Center Spirit Award, Rotary Vocational Outstanding Citizen East End of Houston Award, TAFT Member of the Month; CHRISTUS Touchstone Award, Community Service Citation from the City of Freer, TX, Brian Aynsworth Award for Excellence in Cardiology, Fellow-American Academy of Family Practitioners Award, Outstanding College Student of North America Award, and the Temple Memorial Award for the Medical College of Virginia.

Finally, her life becomes complete by adding time for prayer, contemplation and pleasure.  Eucharist and contemplative prayer are essential parts of her life.  Time spent gardening, cooking and enjoying the outdoors bring her full circle to the time spent in Nada as a young girl learning about God and his gifts.