Persevere in discipline and holy obedience, and with good and firm purpose fulfill what you have promised the Lord.
~ St. Francis: Letter to the Entire Order 10
Each year, we celebrate the jubilees of our Sisters who have been shaped by God’s hand into women full of grace with a clear vision and deep faith. In a Franciscan community, jubilee is important. It is a celebration that commemorates the passage of years in which a sister has lived the vowed life with faithfulness and fidelity. We hope you will be touched by their faith as many of you have been touched by their presence in your lives.
Sister M. Rosalie Kaseta, OSF
Sister Rosalie Kaseta, OSF, a native of New York City, entered the community in 1942, during her senior year at the congregation’s St. Francis Academy. Her initial ministry was as an elementary school teacher in Rochester, NY, followed by assignments in Detroit, MI and Homestead, PA. In 1951, she was asked to relocate to São Paulo, Brazil, where she taught at several elementary schools until her return to the U.S. in 1957. Sister Rosalie vividly recalls her return home on a cargo ship that took nearly three weeks to reach New York. Upon her return, Sister resumed her teaching ministry at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin in Pittsburgh, PA, as well as assignments in West Mifflin, Philadelphia, Moon Run, PA and Kenosha, WI. She was also on the faculty of St. Francis Academy, serving as the school’s librarian for ten years. In 1983, feeling the need for a change, Sister was assigned as a chaplain at the congregation’s St. Joseph Hospital in Alton, IL. With the hospital’s closing in 1986, she returned to the motherhouse assuming the duties of Liturgist as well as social justice coordinator. Sister tells us that she became very interested in peace and social justice issues, even picketing the A&P in Caste Village on one occasion! An excellent pianist, she also took an active role in the community’s San Damiano Consort. In 2001, Sister Rosalie began her tenure as the assistant campus administrator at St. John Vianney Manor, returning to the motherhouse in 2008, at age 83, to assume duties in community services and, later, as the congregation’s librarian. A graduate of Duquesne University with a Bachelor’s degree in Education, Sister also earned a Master’s in Library Science at the university. Today, Sister Rosalie resides at Presbyterian SeniorCare in Oakmont, PA, where she is active in the Ministry of Prayer.