Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness to Change

Sister Rosemary Flanigan and Father Norman Rotert

Town Pavilion
Kansas City, MO
January 19, 2009

In March 1965, Rosemary Flanigan was among a group of Catholic nuns who traveled to Selma, Alabama to advocate for civil rights. The trip came shortly after "Bloody Sunday" on March 7, 1965, when 600 civil rights marchers were attacked by state and local police with billy clubs and tear gas.

Father Norman Rotert, a retired Kansas City priest, was also there to advocate for civil rights.

Sister Rosemary joined the board of the Center for Practical Bioethics in 1986 and served as its chair for one year. Following her retirement from Rockhurst University in 1992, she joined the Center's staff as a program associate.

Father Norman Rotert is a retired priest and a member of the Center's board of directors.