Sister Rosemary Farrell

(Published Aug. 29, 2008) God’s abundant love has blessed me richly throughout my life. I am deeply grateful to my parents, James and Eunice Farrell, for their loving care of each one of us nine children. They were an inspiration to me by their living faith, their hard work of making a living on the land and their trust in God during difficult times. They showed reverence for all life. They taught me the importance of prayer by their faithful prayer and trust in God. It was under their loving care that I began to sense a call from God desiring that I become a religious sister.

I first met the Sisters of St. Joseph when I went to catechism in Damar. When our parish community in Hill City built our Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in 1950 I was again blessed by having the support of another loving community of faith filled and faithful people. This community was supportive of me as I discerned my vocation to become a Sister of St. Joseph and have continued to support me in my ministry and vocation.
I have been blessed in all the children I taught during my 27 years of teaching primary children in Grand Island, NE, Monett, MO, Chicago, IL, Boonville, MO. and in Socorro, NM. I have been enriched by their creativity and ability to be curious about life and their capacity for love and joy.

For the last 16 years, I have ministered to families impacted by domestic violence. My focus is providing a safe, healing environment for the little children who have witnessed or experienced violence in the place that should be safe, their home! My play therapy room becomes sacred ground for the children as they tap into their wisdom and healing power to come to healing. I am honored to walk with them through their journey of pain and back, to being able to flower into their full potential as a little human being. Mothers and caregivers are involved with the children as they rebuild the attachment that gets disrupted in the violence. God’s healing presence is within each of those with whom I work.

My life has indeed been blessed over the years by my family, religious community, by all the people who have touched my life in my ministry and by my home parish community in Hill City, KS. I am aware that each moment of my life has been a gift. The abundance of God’s love is flowing through each NOW moment. It calls me to live with an attitude of gratitude and a prayer of thankfulness.