Sister Carolyn Juenemann

January 7, 2013 by

BIRTH NAME: Carolyn Ann Juenemann
RELIGIOUS NAME: Sister  Rose Bernard
PARENTS: Fred and Rose (Kaus) Juenemann
HOMETOWN: Born in Selden, Kan.; moved to Norton, Kan., at age 6
BA in economics and business administration, Marymount College, Salina; attended Fort Hays (Kan.) State College; certificate in church music and liturgy, Saint Joseph’s College, Renselaer, Ind.; certificate in parish administration, Pastoral Life Institute, Kansas City, Mo.
1965-66    Teacher at St. Joseph and St. Anne’s School, Chicago
1967-73    Business manager and office manager, St. John’s Hospital, Salina
1973-75    Director of Alumni Relations, Marymount College, Salina
1975-77       Campus minister, Fort Hays State College
1977-79    Office manager and assistant controller, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Concordia
1979-84    Pastoral associate, parishes of Belleville, Munden and Cuba, Kan.
1984-85    Junior high liturgy coordinator, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Salina
1985-89    Pastoral associate and member of diocesan renew team, Goodland, Kan.; also assisted in the Hoxie and Seguin parishes
1989-90    Religious education coordinator at Fort Riley, Kan., then acting director of Catholic Charities of Hays, Kan., then office assistant at St. Isidore’s Church, Manhattan, Kan.
1990-2001    Pastoral administrator, St. Michael’s Parish, Chapman, Kan.; also appointed as the first non-ordained moderator of the Diocesan Pastoral Council
2002-07    Director of Catholic education and pastoral associate, Catholic community, Fort Riley, Kan.
2007-12    Music director and organist and Mt. Calvary Cemetery sexton, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Salina
2012-present    Assistant office coordinator for Marriage Tribunal and the Safety and Security Office, Diocese of Salina; also office manager for the Immaculate Conception Parish, Minneapolis, Kan.

As you look back on your years as a Sister of St. Joseph of Concordia, what experience or event best captures what your religious life has meant to you (and why)?

I cannot isolate one incident or experience that can capture what my life as a CSJ has meant to me because each one seemed to be the avenue through which I became prepared to recognize and to respond to the next one.

During my upbringing it became evident to me that a very high priority was to strive to do God’s will.

When I came to the crossroads in my life where I needed to choose between marriage and a consecrated religious life, the driving force in my decision was that of doing the will of God.  I wanted to serve God and the Church, so entering the convent seemed to be the best option where that would be possible. I have truly enjoyed and been enriched through the various ministries (with the exception of the first assignment to teach  eighth-grade in Chicago for which I was totally unprepared!).

Whether I was working in hospital financial management, at Marymount or Fort Hays College working with young people, in various diocesan ministries and various parish pastoral positions or with the military at Fort Riley, it has become very clear to me that each of these situations and experiences prepared me for the next one.

The 11 years I spent in Chapman as the first non-ordained parish administrator in our diocese seemed to most fully manifest to me what being a consecrated religious woman meant. It was where all my training and experiences seemed to fit together and became useful tools in this special time with God’s people.

These 50 years have passed quickly.  My gratitude is great.  The theme used for my final profession is still very appropriate and very true: “In God’s Will is our peace.”


3 Responses to “Sister Carolyn Juenemann”

  1. Roxanne. Baker on January 31st, 2022 9:49 am

    So. Sorry about sister Roslyn. Is that your sister from Roxanne baker my grandma was mary korte

  2. Roxanne baker on January 31st, 2022 9:46 am

    Want is your address

  3. Mary Whisennand on May 25th, 2016 8:49 pm

    Was afraid you were still in Chapman and all the tornadoes in that area. Just checking on you. Take care. Love Mary.

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