Sister Rose Beatrice Dreiling — on her 70th Jubilee

December 17, 2014 by

Sister Rose Beatrice Dreiling

Sister Rose Beatrice Dreiling

PARENTS: Peter Michael and Clara Bollig Dreiling
HOMETOWN: Collyer, Kan.
Marymount College, Salina (bachelor’s degree in history); St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wis. (certificate in religious education)

1950-1965 Chicago and Aurora, Ill., Salina and Grand Island, Neb.; primary and middle school teacher
1965-1971 Herndon, Kan., and Booneville, Mo.; junior high teacher and principal
1971-1986 Milwaukee, Wis., and Chicago; teaching junior high classes in inner-city schools
1986-2013 Salina, Plainville and WaKeeney, Kan.; visited and helped the elderly in nursing and private homes
2013-today Retired from active ministry and living at the Nazareth Motherhouse


Seventy years as a Sister of St. Joseph! At this time it is rather overwhelming to choose an event that best captures what religious life means to me. My whole life is mystery. God’s mercy and love is always there. Even though there are times when I do not see this clearly!

“Lord, help me to realize how brief my time on this each will be. Help me to know that I am here but for a moment more.” (Psalm 39)

Ere this moment passes, I give gratitude to my family for their continuous love and support and to my community for the spiritual and educational advantages given me over the years. I am grateful for having had the experience of teaching kindergarten through eighth grade in many states. However, deep inside me my dream was not yet fulfilled. Again I pray that the Lord help me to know that I am here but for a moment more.

Thanks to Vatican II, changes came that provided the opportunity to pursue my dream to live and teach in the inner city.

I spent 16 years in the inner city of Milwaukee and Chicago. While there it was always amazing to see the faith,

trust and resilience that faculty, parents and students showed in their every day living.

Retiring from teaching, I joined the Senior Companion Program, and experienced visiting and caring for the elderly. Their wisdom, sense of humor and acceptance of aging is and always will be a blessing to me.

“Lord, help me know that I am here but for a moment more.”


One Response to “Sister Rose Beatrice Dreiling — on her 70th Jubilee”

  1. Christine Hunter on January 31st, 2019 9:20 am

    Sister Rose!!!! Oh my gosh…I can’t believe I found you! I don’t know if you remember me or not. You taught me at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School around 1969, You used to call me Crystal, even though that wasn’t my name. It was kind of your nickname for me. Anyway, you have taught so many kids you probably don’t remember me, and please don’t feel bad if you don’t. You made a huge impact on me and I have never forgotten you. I just wanted you to know that!

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