Sister Nildred Rodriguez

Jul 1, 2024

Sister Nildred Rodriguez

Sister Nildred Rodriguez was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. From fifth grade through high school (1955-1962), she attended Colegio San Conrado in the time when there was a large, flourishing community of Sisters of St. Joseph in Puerto Rico. At San Conrado, she met Sisters committed to Puerto Rico like Sister St. Timothy, Sister Clare Ellen and Sister Agnes Cecilia to name a few. In 1962, Nildred entered the Sisters of St. Joseph and earned a degree in Science Education. In 1967 Sister Nildred was sent to San Jorge in Puerto Rico to teach.

The following year, Sister Nildred returned to the United States and was sent to teach at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Brooklyn where she ministered until 1972.

Returning to Puerto Rico in 1972, Sister Nildred served a short time at Santa Monica school, then returned in 1974 to the school of her youth, San Conrado, a Pre-K through 12th grade school. She taught English and Religion there until 1989 when she was named Principal of Colegio San Conrado.

Serving in San Conrado was a great gift for Sister Nildred who knew most of the people and knew there was a great need among them. Following Vatican Council II many sisters had left the school and Nildred wanted to keep the mission and charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph alive in the students, parents and people. She wanted to have the values of the Sisters of St Joseph perpetuate into the future. In 2024, after all these years, she is still carrying this hope forward.

Though there has been a decline in enrollment in recent years, many of the students are third and fourth generations of family members who have attended the school. Under Sister Nildred’s leadership, Colegio San Conrado is now accredited by Middle States, has a high academic standard with a wonderful faculty committed to the mission and charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Nildred is grateful to the Congregation for the generous support she has received throughout her community life and especially at San Conrado. She cites former principals Sisters Winifred McKevitt, Margaret Maloney, Loretta de Sales, Francis Mary and Maria de Sales as wonderful examples of how to serve as principal and live out the CSJ mission and charism each day. Yet, for the past thirty-five years, she herself has been a prime example!

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