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2018 Jubilarians: Franciscan Sisters of Mary (FSM)

Sister Rose Mary (Mary Edward) Dowling; Sister Rosanna Marie (Mary Eugenia) Carter; Sister Jeanne Marie (Mary Christopher) Meurer; Sister Jane L. (Ruth Marie) Rombach

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Birthplace: St. Louis

Entrance: 1958

Final profession: 1966

Education: Bachelor’s in psychology, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, 1965

Master’s in institutional management, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 1970

Master’s in pastoral studies, Loyola University of Chicago, 1982

Post-graduate studies in organizational development and transformation, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, 1994

Spiritual direction training, Mercy Center, Burlingame, Calif., 2000

Service in the archdiocese: Administrative dietitian, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, 1968-69

Administrative dietitian, St. Mary’s Health Center, St. Louis, 1970-73

Assistant supervisor of dietetics, St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Charles, 1973-75

Director of dietetics, St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Charles, 1975-77

Mission values coordinator, St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Charles, 1977-80

Co-founded Intercommunity Consultants Inc., providing group facilitation and leadership training; served in St. Louis 1984-present

Spiritual director, 2001-present

President, Franciscan Sisters of Mary, 2007-15

President, SSM Health Ministries, 2013-15

Service outside the archdiocese: Therapeutic dietitian, St. Francis Hospital, Blue Island, Ill., 1966-67

Administrative dietitian, St. Mary’s Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., 1967-68

Assistant executive director, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Hannibal, Mo., 1980-84

Organizational consultant providing consultation, leadership training, and facilitation with groups in USA, Canada, Taiwan, Europe and Brazil, and with 13 years in South Africa, 1984-2000

About Sister Rose Mary Dowling: Sister Rose enjoys nature and anything that allows her to get close to nature. She values her relationship with her sisters — sharing a meal, holding a sign at the West Lake Landfill prayer vigils and discerning life with them. As a Franciscan Sister of Mary, she loves every opportunity to bring the Franciscan mission of presence to others.

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Birthplace: Clyde, Mo.

Entrance: 1948

Final profession: 1954

Education: Certification as registered nurse, St. Anthony School of Nursing, Oklahoma City, 1954

Bachelor’s in psychology, Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, 1968

Service in the archdiocese: Receptionist, SSM Data Center/SSM Information Center, 1985-2000

Receptionist, SSM Health Businesses/Integrated Health Technologies, 2001-2007

After retiring at the end of 2007, served as convent sacristan, 2007-11

Retired, lives at The Sarah Community, Bridgeton

Service outside the archdiocese: Accounting and payroll, St. Anthony’s Hospital, Oklahoma City, 1954-69

Assistant novice director and leadership councilor, Mount Alverno Convent, Maryville, Mo., 1967-70

Superior general of the Sisters of St. Francis of Maryville, 1970-76

Accounting, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Hannibal, Mo., 1977-79

Assistant administrator, St. Anthony’s Hospital, Oklahoma City, 1979-84

About Sister Rosanna Marie Carter: Sister Rosanna loves making people laugh and always has a new joke to share with those around her. She also enjoys playing handbells with The Bells of Sarah at The Sarah Community, walking outdoors in nature and watching people and airplanes. She enjoyed being superior general of the Sisters of St. Francis of Maryville and her work in payroll in Oklahoma, as it allowed her to get to know the hospital employees. She strives to be present, hospitable and compassionate to everyone she meets.



Birthplace: Mankato, Minn.

Entrance: 1948

Final profession: 1954

Education: Bachelor’s in nursing, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, 1955

Master’s in nursing, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, 1962

Master’s in maternity nursing, Columbia University, New York, 1970

Certification in American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM), 1971; ACNM Fellow, 1994

Master’s in pastoral studies, Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, 1998

Service in the archdiocese: Head nurse, St. Mary’s Health Center, Labor and Delivery, 1955-56; Nursery, 1961-62

Pediatrics supervisor, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Health Center, 1956-61

Professor, Saint Louis University, 1970-82; director of graduate program in nurse midwifery, 1974-82

Director and certified nurse-midwife service, City Hospital, St. Louis, 1971-82

FSM leadership team (Councilor), 1991-95

Co-founder, co-director, development coordinator and volunteer, Woman’s Place (safe drop-in haven for women suffering domestic abuse, founded by two FSM sisters), St. Louis, 1998-2008

Volunteer, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis Mentor Program, and Oasis Intergenerational Tutor Program.

Retirement, The Sarah Community, Bridgeton.

Service outside the archdiocese: Obstetrics supervisor and instructor, St. Mary’s Hospital, Madison, Wis., 1962-65

Obstetrics supervisor and instructor, St. Mary’s Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., 1965-69

Director of birthing program, Ruskin Migrant Center, Tampa, Fla., 1982-85

Professor, University of South Florida College of Public Health, Tampa, Fla., 1985-91

Midwife, Tampa General Hospital, 1989-91

State Board of Nursing, Jefferson City, Mo., 1993-96

About Sister Jeanne Marie Meurer: She enjoys reading, prayer and spending time outdoors, especially at the Botanical Garden. She enjoyed being a nurse-midwife, especially at City Hospital; teaching at the University of South Florida and Saint Louis University; and tutoring children through the Oasis Program. She founded the first nurse-midwifery program in Missouri at Saint Louis University. She especially values her years as co-founder and co-director of Woman’s Place, helping women find ways to recover from domestic abuse. She is an Ageless Remarkable St. Louisan (2012) and received the Legend in Nursing Award from the March of Dimes (2014), as well as other honors. She continues to live out her Franciscan values through care of creation.



Birthplace: Washington

Entrance: 1948

Final profession: 1955

Education: Bachelor’s in medical records/library science, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, 1959

Master’s in social work, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, 1970

Licensed as clinical social worker, 1997

Service in the archdiocese: Assistant medical records librarian, Firmin Desloge Hospital, St. Louis, 1951-59

Director of medical records, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, 1959-65

Adjunct professor, Saint Louis University, 1959-65

Social service assistant, Cardinal Ritter Institute, St. Louis, 1967-68

Social worker, Cardinal Ritter Institute, St. Louis, 1970-83

Medical social worker, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, 1983-2007

Licensed clinical social worker, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, 2007-09

Volunteer, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, 2009-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Clerical, St. Mary’s Hospital, Madison, Wis., 1965

Medical records librarian, St. Eugene Hospital, Dillon, S.C., 1965-67

About Sister Jane L. Rombach: Though retired, Sister Jane volunteers at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and is a telephone consultant for the Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation. She enjoys reading, music and theology. She deeply values her service at Cardinal Ritter Institute and Cardinal Glennon Medical Center. As a Franciscan she has loved being of service to the sick and suffering, especially the poor, and living the Gospel as St. Francis did by caring for creation and recognizing God’s presence in all creatures.

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