Rosanne Romero is the bestselling author of Amusing Grace, a collection of articles from her well-loved column in Kerygma Magazine, Kitchen Scribbles. In 2015, she launched Amusing Grace, A Second Helping which was nominated for Best Inspirational Book for the Cardinal Sin Book Awards in the same year.

A very active teenager who was into horseback riding and ballet, Rosanne started experiencing strange symptoms in her university days which no doctor then could diagnose.

It was only years later, in 1986 following the birth of her second child that her mysterious symptoms were given a diagnosis– Multiple Sclerosis, a debilitating degenerative disease of the brain and spinal column.

Currently living in Manila, she and her family spent a good chunk of their lives as missionaries in Jakarta, Indonesia from 1995-1998.

She is a sought-after speaker on the subject of Adversity, speaking from her own experiences of God not only in spite of, but mostly because of her illness.

She is a wife to Omy Romero, PhD, a management consultant, mother to two batty daughters, Rinka and Becca. The most recent addition to the hats she wears is “Lola” (grandma) and she wears it proudly.  She enjoys babysitting her only (for now, at least!) grandchild, Malaya who is four going on twenty-five.

Updated 17 January 2017

Thanks to Pope, oldest inmate in Women’s Correctional Prison in the Philippines gets freedom

Prayers do get answered.

In January 2015 Petra Lukingan, a 91-year-old inmate from the Baguio Women’s Correctional facility gained her freedom thanks in large part to the prayers of Pope Francis.

Thanks to Kara David, a reporter for GMA News who was on the flight when Pope Francis made his trip to the Philipines in January 2015, a rosary made by Petra was given to the Pope.

Strung together inside the Women’s Correctional facility, the beaded pink-and-white rosary was handed over to Pope Francis on the flight to Sri Lanka before heading to the Philipines..

It included the picture and a letter from 91-year-old Petra Lukingan, one of the oldest inmates in the prison. She wished the Pope to learn of her case.

Pope Francis unexpectedly responded to the reporter in English and thanked her for the gift.

The Pope prayed, the prisoner was released, what a happy ending.

Following are two videos – although the audio tracks aren’t in English the storyline is self evident.

This first video shows Pope Francis being given the rosary and the picture on the flight:

This second video shows Petra’s release from prison.

This week Rosanne Romero, who will be one of the guest speakers at our 2017 Eucharistic Convention, visited that same prison in the Phiippines to give a talk entitled “We are all Prisoners in the War of our Lives” One of Rosanne’s sponsors to bring her to New Zealand in April is Tina Cochrane who told me: “Rosanne was very brave to do a talk to these women, they are hard, tough and criminal women. She was astoundingly accepted and applauded by them all.”



Rosanne Romero giving her talk at the Baguio Women’s Correctional Prison.
Don’t miss hearing her talk when she comes to speak at our 2017 Eucharistic Convention
over the weekend 21 to 23 April 2017

John Porteous

Speaker Categories: 2017.

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