S. Carol (Rosemary) Runde
Sister Carol (Rosemary) Runde was born in Davenport, IA, and earned an LPN degree from Kenosha Vocational School and PGPN, focusing on obstetrics and gynecology, from Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX. She served in health care for 40 years in Wisconsin, Nebraska, Texas, and she volunteered to treat hurricane victims in Choloma, Honduras for a month in 1974.
S. Carol (Rosemary) Runde Celebrated her 50th Jubilee in 2013
What first drew you to the Racine Dominican community?
It was during my grade school years that I was taught by the Racine Dominicans and was inspired by their gentleness and holiness. Thus, I entered the convent as an aspirant after eighth grade.
What has kept you in the community all these years?
The focus on our mission: committed to Truth, compelled to Justice. It has been a privilege and a challenge to minister in the health field as a caregiver and educator. There is a great need for medical personnel to be really present and to be witnesses to truth and justice to all whom they contact – patients, families, co-workers.
I have also appreciated being able to care for my elderly mother.
What was one particularly cherished memory of your years in ministry?
It’s difficult to pinpoint one cherished memory, as there are so many in my ministry of nursing: from the years in St. Catherine’s Infirmary, to Nebraska and my ministry in obstetrics and the emergency room, and now in the care for my mother.
My ministry in Honduras touched me very deeply, since it made me realize what gifts we have in health care in the United States.
What is one thing people today should know about the Racine Dominicans?
Racine Dominicans are followers of the gospel, and we continue to reach out to people in need and support one another in each person’s ministry.
What do you enjoy doing at this time of your life?
There are many things I enjoy doing, such as:
1) working in the garden where I find God in all the beauty of creation;
2) making candles (palm candles being the newest endeavor, with excellent qualities);
3) I love to cook and bake for others;
4) I enjoy having rummage sales for the support of our community and sponsored ministries.