Katherine Rollo is a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, having been ordained on December 18, 2021. She is a graduate of Drew Theological Seminary, in Madison and obtained a Master of Divinity. As part of the requirement for ordination to the priesthood she has also served as Chaplain at St. Barnabas Hospital.
Baptized Roman Catholic at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Montclair, Katherine attended Immaculate Conception grammar school and graduated high school there in 1966. In 1970 she obtained a degree in elementary education from Seton Hall University and taught in Jersey City, Newark and Kearney. Later she left teaching for a career in business working for what was then New York Telephone Company.
With early retirement came the opportunity to pursue her interests in helping people to live a healthy lifestyle. She became a personal trainer working for the North Jersey Regional Arthritis Center and obtained certifications in Spiritual Direction, Reiki and Healing Touch. This desire to serve and comfort lead her to discern her call to the priesthood.
Her husband John, a lifelong Episcopalian, introduced her to the Church. Married in St. Luke’s, Montclair in 1993, they lived in Clifton before moving to Verona in 2007. Katherine completed her first year as a seminarian at St. James in Upper Montclair where her husband is currently Treasurer. Although time is scarce these days, it has not stopped them from enjoying their love for antiquing and their goal of attending all the major league baseball stadiums.