Many years of ministry in elected leadership have kept Sister Rose Miriam close to her home diocese of Springfield—and provided a global perspective. Quincy born and raised, she’s taught and studied in Chicago and New Orleans, where she completed a counseling degree, and served for a time in Duluth, Minn. During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic she put her counseling skills to good use by providing a webinar on dealing with grief that can be accessed here. In addition to her role in leadership she is a facilitator for religious-in-training, the novices of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Based in Godfrey, Ill.
The first 25 years of her religious life were spent as a school teacher and principal: St. Edward School, Chicago (1962-1968); Christ the King, Springfield, Ill. (1968-1971); St. Christina, Chicago (1972); Our Lady of Lourdes, Decatur (1972-1976); Holy Rosary, Duluth, Minn., (1976-1979); St. Bernadette School, Evergreen Park, Ill. (1979-1985), and Little Flower School, Springfield, Ill., (1985-1989).
Sister Rose Miriam then served two terms in elected leadership for the congregation (1989-1997), a role of service to and vision for the future of the Springfield Dominican Sisters. When she completed those years, she pursued degrees in pastoral studies and counseling at Loyola University, New Orleans, and then worked for 14 years as a clinical supervisor and counselor in the Metro East St. Louis. In 2019 she was elected again to leadership and serves now as vicaress while continue her ministry as community facilitator for the Oblates.
“I approach this jubilee year with deep gratitude for the fidelity of my God in first calling me to the consecrated life and then sustaining me in common life and mission these many years,” Sister Rose Miriam said. “While exercising a variety of ministerial roles, the central focus continues to be the developing of relationships of shared faith and mutual support in living the Christian life.”
Sister Rose Miriam’s parents and four of her brothers are deceased; her brothers Roger (Colleen) and Mark (Judy) and sisters-in-law Phyllis and Kathleen, share her joy.
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