Sister Rosalyn Soller

Responding to the invitation to "tell about myself in community" is both very easy and very difficult. I speak as a golden Jubilarian and of what decade of my life shall I share? Will I choose the decade of formation in my "very youth", wide -eyed and receptive as I learned how to live Benedictine religious life according to the age-old values and norms which had guided all the Sisters before me? Life was stable, predetermined. No questions needed to be asked. Decades of history had validated this life of Prayer and Work.

Or perhaps I could tell you about the decades following Vatican II when every adaption was permitted and tried and succeeded or failed? Life was exciting but unstable and individualistic as we tried to reinvent Benedictine Living in the 21st century without losing the organic life of the ancient Rule of Benedict. Great turmoil, but we came out smiling, and, I think, successful. Strange to say, that I enjoyed most of it.

During these changing times I have had the graced opportunity to enjoy many ministries;
teaching elementary and high school. community administration, parish religious ed,, community formation, retreat work, work among the poor of Appalachia and presently parish adult education. I think I’ve had an exciting life!

If you ask which was my favorite I must admit upon reflection that God seemed to fit me for the particular ministry as I moved from one to another and I was blessed in each as I tried to "be a blessing" to others. And that, I hope, will be my on-going ministry.



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