Sister Rosile: "Kindness attracted me to FSPA."

By Sister Amy Taylor, FSPA on Thursday, June 27th 2019

"It has been a wonderful life filled with many blessings and many challenges."


FSPA Diamond Jubilarian Sister Rosile Pernsteiner

Sister Rosile Pernsteiner’s relationship with the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration spans more than seven decades, as she first met the community while attending high school. “I was impressed by their Franciscan spirit and kindness toward each other …”

In celebration of Sister Rosile’s diamond jubilee, Show me a sign invited her to share the insight she gained in discernment, throughout 75 years of vowed religious life and today as she ministers in prayer and witness.

Show me a sign:
How did you know that you wanted to be a sister?

Sister Rosile:
I went to a high school where Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration taught. I was impressed by their Franciscan spirit and their kindness toward each other so I decided to join them.  

Show me a sign:
How did your family and friends react when you first told them of your desire to live religious life? 

Sister Rosile:
My mother was very upset because I was going so far away — from Spokane, Washington, to La Crosse, Wisconsin. My dad said, “It that’s what she wants to do, let her do it.” 


Sister Rosile Pernsteiner, Class of 1944

Show me a sign:
As you reflect on your jubilee, what facets of serving as an FSPA first come to mind? 

Sister Rosile:
It has been a wonderful life filled with many blessing and many challenges.  

Show me a sign:
What has been your favorite ministry, and why?  

Sister Rosile:
I was general treasurer of the community for 25 years. This ministry — a service to the community — was full of challenges and variety.  

Show me a sign:
What advice would you give to women who are discerning religious life today?  

Sister Rosile:
Trust in God — you will be making a good choice.

Are you discerning religious life? Walking with someone who is? We invite you to share this link,, and join the conversation.



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Janet Pernsteiner Boh Says:
07/28/2019 8:59am
We Love You Sister Rosile, you are a cherished member of our family also. I remember as a young girl coming to visit you at the convent. We were always so happy to spend time with you. When you came to Wisconsin, you had your Wisconsin family. Not the same as you left in Washington, but family.

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