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Sister Rosalie Lauer

Sister Rosalie in her St. Edward's classroom


Sister Rosalie Lauer

S. Rosalie was born in Detroit, MI, and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Dominican College, Racine. She taught in various schools in Michigan and Wisconsin, including Racine’s St. Mary and St. Joseph. She devoted her last 36 years of teaching to St. Edward School in Racine until she retired in 2011. S. Rosalie lives in Racine and now ministers as an advocate for sisters in skilled care facilities.


S. Rosalie Lauer Celebrated Her 60th Jubilee in 2013

What first drew you to the Racine Dominican community?
Often my sisters and I went to the Assumption Grotto convent in Detroit – front door for music lessons and back door to give something to the cook. All of these visits, plus the friendliness of the sisters living there, especially my 8th grade teachers – Sisters Athanasius, Geraldine, and Stanislaus – were my inspiration to finally follow my long desire to become a Racine Dominican. It was an adventure for my family, as I was the first of eight children to leave home.

What has kept you in the community all these years?
I treasure being companion to a group of dedicated women, deeply rooted in the work of our foundress, living a simple life-style, striving to spread the gospel, promoting the message of truth, freedom, justice, and peace.

What was one particularly cherished memory of your years in ministry?
My years at Nativity, living with sisters who became leaders in our community, in the neighborhood, and in the city, is one of my cherished memories. We engaged the gifts of each other as we accompanied one another into the school, the parish, and the city, following our mission to reach out to the people of Detroit.

What is one thing people today should know about the Racine Dominicans?
Racine Dominicans are a group of dedicated women with the tradition of a fearless foundress and an opportunity of living our mission today – searching to support and challenge the best in our church and our world.

What do you enjoy doing at this time of your life?
After many years in the classroom, I now have the joy of being advocate to the sisters living at Lakeshore Manor.  Also, being a member of several community committees allows me to serve another part of our mission. Of course, there’s always time for reading, taking long walks, playing cards, and meeting with friends.