Sister Rose Mary Stein, OP, to offer ‘spiritual refreshment’ across western part of diocese
Retreats empower lay-people to empower each other
By Dave Myers
Southwest Kansas Catholic
Sister Rose Mary Stein, OP, wants people the western part of the diocese to know that she is free; free to spread the Gospel through Saturday retreat experiences, to empower laypeople through the simple offering of a “few short hours where they can feel refreshed.”
If you know Sister Rose Mary, you know it’s an offer that’s difficult to refuse. Some people put you on edge, after all, on your guard. But Sister Rose Mary?
She’s among those special people who do just the opposite. You drop your guard. You share what’s in your heart. And you value her response.
As a former teacher, coach, missionary, director of several offices such as the Office of Aging and Parents (1994-1998), her most beloved role has been that of leader of small faith communities. Many small faith communities. For the elderly. For women. For men. For teachers….
For the last two decades, she has served at Sacred Heart Cathedral (and later Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe) providing just such leadership.
As she recently left her role at the cathedral after 20 years, Sister Rose Mary decided to devote her time to empowering people through Christ’s loving message through a mini retreat on a Saturday morning until early afternoon from parishes that invite her from western rural Kansas.
“I feel God is just asking me to share my experience and wisdom as I’ve come to know Jesus in a personal, genuine and wholesome way, through reflection, prayer, scripture, and the experiences of other people” she said. “My focus is with adults—men and women, a retreat where people have more than an hour or two, but not overnight—just a small few hours, where they can be refreshed.”
Leading the retreat with Sister Rose Mary will either be a person local to that parish, or, if no one is available, someone brought with Sister Rose Mary to the parish. The invitation will always be there.
“My real passion is to empower lay people, to believe in their gifts and use their gifts,” she said. “It’s not just me doing the retreat. We’ll share faith stories and give presentations.”
In a farewell letter read to the cathedral parish from the pulpit at Masses May 31, she wrote, “…. In our culture we can sometimes forget where our true worth lies …. Like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, we have to linger with Jesus. ... We are all disciples of Christ and your gifts are needed for that someone who is waiting for a caring, loving person to reach out to him or her.”
Although she will reside in Dodge City, her new role will be in conjunction with the Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend, for which she is one of the staff.