Sister Dominica Rocchio, SC

Assistant to the President

Dominica RocchioSister Dominica Rocchio, SC, Assistant to the President, has extensive leadership experience in both congregational and educational settings, having served as Councilor from 2007 to 2015.

Sister  Dominica  has  specialized in secondary education and educa- tional administration. She taught at St. Barnabas High School in the Bronx, at the Academy  of  the  Resurrection in Rye, and at Cathedral High School, All Saints Branch, in Manhattan. She was Dean of Students at St. Joseph By-the-Sea High School on Staten Island and at St. Gabriel High School in New Rochelle, where she also was principal from 1975 to 1980.

For the next 12 years, Sister Dominica was Associate Superintendent of Secondary Schools for the Archdiocese of New York. She then crossed the Hudson River and became Superintendent  of Schools for the  Archdiocese  of  Newark  for 15 years; during 12 of those years, she also was Secretary for Education for the Archdiocese.

Sister Dominica is nationally known, having served on the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Public Policy and Catholic Schools, as Consultant to the USCCB Committee on Education, and as a Director  on the board of the National Catholic Educational Association.

She says with more than a touch of irony, “When I entered in 1962, all I ever wanted to be was a teacher. Guess what? I’ve spent most of my life in administration!” Blessed with a prodigious memory, an eye for detail, and a gift for storytelling, Sister Dominica is the ideal resource person when questions arise about the Sisters of Charity, the Church local and universal, or the breaking news of the day.

Sister Dominica holds a BS in English, an MA in Religious Education, and an Ed.D in Educational Administration from Fordham University, as well as an MA in English from Manhattan College. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Seton Hall University and also completed a year of study at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass.

Sister Dominica entered the Congregation in 1962; her religious name was Sister Regina Seton. She is a graduate of St. Jean Baptiste High School and of Mount Carmel School, in Manhattan.