We are pleased to welcome our 2022-27 St. Paul Province Leadership Team. The team includes Sisters Catherine Mary Rosengren, CSJ; Katherine Rossini, CSJ; and Jill Underdahl, CSJ. Their five-year term began July 1, 2022. We are grateful for their willingness to serve and to all who participated in the selection process. Please keep the new team in your prayers as they prepare to assume this responsibility. Learn more about the team below.
- Sister Catherine Mary Rosengren, CSJ, entered the community of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJs) in 1960. She started classes at the then College of St. Catherine, but the community wanted her to obtain a degree in business, a program not yet offered at the College. In what was at the time a rare exception, she was accepted as a woman into the business program at the then College of St. Thomas, from which she graduated. She worked with the province treasurer until 1967, then spent two years learning hospital finances at St. Mary’s, St. Michael’s, and St. John’s Hospitals. She returned to the province finance office until 1980, having become treasurer in 1978. In 1980 she moved to the finance department at St. Joseph’s Hospital, helping navigate mergers, ‘unmergers’ and more mergers, eventually leaving Fairview University Medical Center in 2009 to again assume the duties of CSJ province treasurer. She will continue those duties as she assumes her 2022 to 2027 term on the CSJ province leadership team. “I consider that the way we manage the temporal goods of the community promotes community living, helps us perform our ministry, and enables us to share resources with the poor.”
- Sister Katherine Rossini, CSJ, joined the St. Paul Province in 1962 and previously served on the leadership team from 2009 to 2017. During her first term in leadership, she was involved in all aspects of the creation of Carondelet Village in Saint Paul, including financing, groundbreaking, coordination of Sisters moving into the new facility, and the retirement community’s opening. Before serving in leadership, she served as an educator and administrator in schools throughout the Twin Cities. She oversaw the merger of Christ the King and St. Thomas the Apostle schools into Carondelet Catholic School in Minneapolis where she served as principal for 15 years. A peace garden was dedicated to her there after her retirement. She also served as principal of Sacred Heart-St. John Consolidated School in St. Paul. She has served on a variety of province and congregation committees and boards. She holds an MA in Educational Administration and a Specialist in Educational Administration from the University of Minnesota, and a BA in Elementary Education from the then College of St. Catherine. “I enjoy opportunities to use my gifts with which I have been blessed in service of others.”
- Sister Jill Underdahl, CSJ, entered the community of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1999. She has worked for nearly thirty years with young adults in spirituality, vocational discernment, social justice, and English education. She taught junior and senior high school English at St. Mary’s in Sleepy Eye, MN, Convent of the Visitation, and Hill-Murray High School in the Twin Cities; served as co-director of Celeste’s Dream; and as Catholic Chaplain at Macalester College. Foundational to her ministry, spiritual nourishment and expression is her love for story. Whether working in the community garden, facilitating a program, or meeting with someone one-on-one, she is ever curious about the insights and connections made through the stories shared. She holds a BA in English from the then College of St. Catherine, an MA in Nonprofit Management from Hamline University, a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Center for Spiritual Guidance, St. Paul, and an MA in Irenic Studies (Peace and Conflict Transformation) from the Graduate Institute, Bethany, CT where she gave the commencement address. “Living in community with Sisters and relating with Sisters, Consociates, and partners in ministry and mission, have helped me personally experience and extend the CSJ mission.”
The St. Paul Province of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet number 118 Sisters and is part of an international congregation with nearly 800 sisters in the United States, Japan, and Peru. The congregation came to Minnesota in 1851 opening St. Joseph’s Academy in St. Paul to educate native and immigrant children. Within one year the Sisters responded to a cholera epidemic by opening St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul. Since then the Sisters have responded to the needs of the Minnesota community and beyond, opening hundreds of schools, healthcare facilities, and other ministries to help people in need.
Their work continues today in a variety of ministries including St. Mary’s Health Clinics, providing necessary and accessible health services and education to the medically underserved; Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality, working to advance the spiritual growth, authenticity, and fullness of life for all people; Learning In Style School, empowering adult immigrants and refugees through education in English, computer competence, citizenship preparedness, and math; Sarah’s…an Oasis for Women, creating a safe community for women healing from trauma and looking toward brighter futures; Celeste’s Dream, offering spirituality for young adults; and a variety of other ministries. For more information, visit our website.
April 13th, 2022