Location: Richmond, CA
It feels like a circle of life, beginning to live the Gospel by my ministry of teaching and now returning to teaching at Catholic Charities Family Literacy Program.
Sister Rose Margaret Schneider, a native of Saint Joseph, Minnesota, made a decision to become a Franciscan Sister of Little Falls 51 years ago.
An excerpt from her autobiography written for her 50th jubilee on August 10, 2008, gives us a glimpse of her Franciscan journey and the Blessings she experienced.
"Seven years as a teacher and seven years as an elementary school principal were great years of learning and creativity. The wonderful people I worked with and met those years led to lasting and deep loving relationships. I saw the Beatitudes of Jesus alive and well many times.
Serving eight years as vice president/assistant minister of the Franciscan Sisters expanded my world spiritually and experientially. The privilege of being with our sisters as they lived the Gospel was a great grace for me. My heart was opened as I witnessed their great love of Francis and Clare and how they lived their values.
Interaction with our health care facilities those eight years made me decide to enter the healthcare world. In 1986 I finished my Masters Degree in Science of Administration for Health Care at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. I interned a year at Trinity Hospital in Cudahy, Wisconsin, and the Franciscan Villa, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, our long term care facility. Then I moved to our Franciscan Sisters Health Care Corporation as Vice President of Mission Effectiveness for six years. Working with so many of our employees as I initiated Values Committees at every site was wonderful. They truly lived the values of Saint Francis. Being a part of the process of transferring sponsorship of our health care ministries in 1993 was bittersweet but an excellent decision.
After an extended time for prayer and contemplation, the call came to accept leadership as President/Community Minister in 1996, for a term of five years. It was an honor to serve our community and once again witness the Gospel of Jesus being lived by our wonderful sisters. Our sisters and their ministries have touched the lives of so many people. Just say you are a Franciscan Sister of Little Falls and someone will tell you about one of our sisters. As I sat at a table in Rome, Italy at a General Superiors meeting, two of the superiors at my table had sisters who had attended our Wholistic Growth/Spiritual Center and had only compliments to share.
It feels like a circle of life, beginning to live the Gospel by my ministry of teaching and now returning to teaching at Catholic Charities Family Literacy Program. Our community has always served people in need. By teaching immigrants in a violent and crime laden area of Richmond, California, I know I am serving the poor and those on the margins of society every day. I love it and I am humbled by the dedication of my students to learning a new language."
Location: Richmond, CA