Roxanna is a wife of 48 years, mother of 2 adult children and grandmother of 4. She enjoys her family and the many activities of her grandchildren. Roxanna is an accomplished seamstress and cook. She is interested in reading various topics, but most about her Catholic faith and the Saints. Roxanna has a great appreciation for art and has enjoyed various art projects and painting forms. She likes gardening and traveling. She has been blessed to make pilgrimages to Lourdes, Rome, Assisi, Florence, and Medjugorjia.
Roxanna has been active in ministry within the Catholic Church since 1974 with varied experiences in leadership and team presenters with her husband in Marriage Encounter for 13 years. They gave various presentations regarding couple and family enrichment at conventions and workshops at regional and national levels. She and her husband were co-authors of a newly married enrichment program. Roxanna has served as Lector and is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and serves on various parish committees: Liturgy, RCIA, Marriage Preparation, and has instructed Safe Environment Training in the Diocese.
Roxanna is co-coordinator of Health Ministry/Faith Community Nurse program for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno California. She has also been the Coordinator of Raphael Health Ministry for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Clovis, CA, for the past 14 years. Roxanna completed a Faith Community Nurse course at California State University, Fresno, in September 1999 and an independent program coordinator leadership course in 2001.
Roxanna completed the Diocesan "New Wine for Lay Leadership" Course in 2003 and all course work of the Permanent Diaconate formation program in 2006. Her husband, Deacon Gary, was ordained a Permanent Deacon in 2007. These educational accomplishments have greatly enriched her abilities as a leader, health educator; strengthening and deepening her spiritual foundation as well as her abilities as a liaison between the broader community and Clergy of the Diocese. Roxanna obtained her Master Catechist Certificate in 2014 and continues to maintain the Diocesan requirements for this certificate.
As a faith community nurse she has promoted various health and wellness programs that integrate the body, mind, spirit connection with a particular focus on the intentional care of the spirit such as the end of life workshop “Talking it Over” and has recently presented the “Spiritual Wellness” Days of Reflection for parish staff, teachers and catechists in the Diocese. Roxanna coordinates, facilitates, and trains Raphael Health Ministry members that include medical professionals, retired medical and lay volunteers. These members selflessly give of their time, talent, and presence to parishioners, families, and members of their community. She instructs Health Ministry members on the importance of presence, comfort, companionship, and prayerful support to those they serve, and to be a liaison between them and their Clergy. Roxanna coordinates and facilitates special events such as Parish Festival and Diocesan Congress First Aid Booths, screening and monitoring health needs, provides preventive / proactive health education, providing home visit assessments, make referrals, and serve as a patient advocate.
Roxanna facilitated the formation of an AED Program for the Parish. Fresno's Saint Agnes Medical Center Men’s Club gave the gift of an AED to the Ministry for the Church. Through the generosity of parish organizations a second AED was purchased for Clovis' Notre Dame Parish hall. Ministers, greeters, ushers, and members of organizations were trained to use these life saving devices.
Thirteen years ago Roxanna developed the Annual Archangel Raphael Healthcare Mass to both honor members of the medical community within the Diocese of Fresno and provide them with spiritual support.
Eleven years ago she established a Homebound Visitation Ministry program and continues to coordinate and train members for her parish and its Mission churches.
Roxanna assisted her husband in the development of the parish Bereavement program 6 years ago. Currently she is coordinating, training and supervising Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the Sick for the Mission Church of Divine Mercy and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, both in Clovis.
In 2005 Roxanna coordinated and facilitated the formation of a Pilot Program at OLPH for the Diocese of Fresno to address H1N1 Pandemic Flu preparedness. She assisted Saint Agnes Medical Center Coordinator for faith community nurses in making presentations to the parish pandemic flu committee, parish organizations and students of the Diocesan San Joaquin Memorial High School, Fresno. Roxanna facilitated communications between the Diocese and CHD to address appropriate liturgical guidelines for distribution of and receiving the Holy Eucharist in a pandemic flu season. She created guidelines for the flu season for her parish and the Office of Worship for the Diocese. A manual of these guidelines and committee formation was submitted to the Chancellor of the Diocese.
Roxanna continues to represent the Diocese on faith-related issues with the County Health Department, Emerging Infectious Disease Task Force and Fresno/Clovis Faith Based disaster preparedness Committees. Over the last twelve years she has represented the Diocese and Faith Community Nursing on the committee of Clinical Pastoral Education. She currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors of CPE for of Central California, a non-profit public benefit corporation that provides courses for Chaplains, Clergy, Seminarians, Faith Community Nurses, and lay qualified persons to become ACPE Certified.
Roxanna has a wide variety of nursing experience over the past 49 years including ICU, ER, OR, medical - surgical, pediatrics, back office director and bookkeeper for an Internal Medicine practice, independent and private duty open heart nursing. She has psych, drug & ETOH work experience with teenagers and adults, as well as various other medical roles throughout her career.
Recently Roxanna served as on-sight supervisor for a Faith Community Nurse enrolled in the Diocesan School of Ministry Master’s Program through Holy Names University, Oakland, to obtain a MA in Pastoral Ministry and concurrently as mentor for another FCN in the same program.
Roxanna assists her husband in marriage counseling, home blessings and the many activities in which he is involved. She has coordinated, facilitated and provided retreats opportunities for members of health ministry. Roxanna attends the annual NorCal Health Ministry Retreat as well as the annual Diocesan Diaconate retreat and Day of reflection with her husband. Together they attend monthly support group meetings with other Deacons and their wives. Roxanna continues to attend, assist and be an Exhibitor for Health Ministry at the Annual Fresno Diocesan Congress.
Her part-time leadership role in health ministry for her parish and co-coordinator of Health Ministry at the Diocesan Ministries Office fills her life with plenty to do. As a non-paid health care provider she gives back to her community gladly fulfilling her call to ministry in the Church. Roxanna continues to be fully qualified to practice as a RN by remaining current in nursing through continued educational units of various specialties and opportunities. She is thankful for the support she has received from her peers and clergy through the years to continue this valued ministry.
Roxanna is a member of the Ministers of Presence for Catholic Charities who raise funds to reach out to serve the needy in the Community at large. She also assists her friends in small ways in fundraising dinners and auction efforts for Right to Life and Infant of Prague.
Her wishes yet to be filled are to facilitate the organization of Diocesan Catholic Medical and Nurses Associations and assist in organizing an annual Diocesan Celebration of the White Mass honoring healthcare professionals to support their spiritual needs as well as acknowledging their accomplishments of service to those in need of care in the community at large.