Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletSeptember 24, 2017

Sisters' Stories

Sister Rose Miriam Schillinger, CSJ


When I was in fourth grade, a religious sister, superintendent of schools, came to visit our classroom and asked how many wanted to be priests and how many wanted to be sisters. Of course, all of us raised our hands! I think this was the beginning of my vocation.

During the following years, the call was dimmed by many other interests such as marriage. In high school, the call became loud and clear, but I did not want anyone to know it. I talked with a priest who guided me to religious life. At first, I wanted to be a Sister of Mercy. When I was a senior in high school, there was a Sister of St. Joseph who taught me history. Because of her, I changed my mind and wanted to become a Sister of St. Joseph. Because I did not want anyone to know I was going to become a sister, I talked to the priest and he had a friend who was a Sister of St. Joseph. He asked if I wanted to see her and I said “yes.”

Since this sister was in Watervliet, it was easy to meet her. After many visits with Sister, I decided that I would join the Sisters of St. Joseph in September of 1944. After six months of training, with 28 other young women, I received the habit. Two years later, I made profession of the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

The next week I was missioned to teach sixth grade in an elementary school. This was the beginning of my glorious vocation, my glorious roaming around the world!

After seventy years as a Sister of St. Joseph, I am happily retired!