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Happy 75th Jubilee, Sr. Rose Schweitzer!
Sister Rose Schweitzer to Celebrate Diamond Jubilee (75 Years)
“I have always been happy in this life…”
A positive attitude and joyful spirit are what keep Sister Rose Schweitzer young at heart. She celebrates 75 years of monastic profession with amazement at how God works in her life. A Eucharistic celebration will be held on July 11 at 1:30 p.m. at Annunciation Monastery chapel, followed by a reception. The public is welcome to attend.
Whether her call from God began in the little sod house where Sister Rose was born, or at the farm near Dodge, N.D., she grew up in a loving family where faith was central. She, along with six brothers and four sisters, was born to German immigrants from Russia, Sebastian and Johanna.
All of the Schweitzer daughters became sisters with the exception of Frances, who was called to married life. The first daughter to enter religious life at St. Benedict’s, St. Joseph, Minn., was Sister Delora (deceased), followed by Sister Rose and Sister Francis. Another sister, Sister Ella (deceased), also joined St. Benedict’s. When the Sisters of St. Benedict were called upon to establish a new independent community in Bismarck, N.D., the three sisters (Delora, Rose and Francis) were surprised to find that they had all volunteered to transfer their commitment to the new Bismarck community. They were among the 144 sisters who became Annunciation Monastery.
Sister Rose learned to cook and bake at an early age. Her mother passed along her talents in the kitchen. Sister Rose’s first assignment was having kitchen charge in a convent in Albany, Minn. Food service became her lifelong ministry. She particularly enjoyed baking and did so in hospitals, care centers and convents in Red Lake and St. Cloud, Minn.; and Dickinson, Flasher, Richardton and Bismarck, North Dakota. She thoroughly enjoyed baking at St. Alexius Medical Center for 20 years.
In 1990, she retired and lived at the convent in Garrison Memorial Hospital where she was well-known for her wonderful breads, pies and ability to raise beautiful African Violets. She now lives at Annunciation Monastery and recently celebrated her 100th birthday. She says, “I have always been happy in this life; community life and prayer brings peace. And, we have a lot of fun besides!”