Congratulations and Thank You, Brother John Joseph Rose, MSC
Friday, 04 March 2011 16:28
For 75 years of service to God and the Church
The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart celebrated Br. Rose’s Diamond Jubilee on March 3, 2011. The Mass of Thanksgiving started at 11AM at the Sacred Heart Villa Chapel, National Shrine of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, in Center Valley, PA and was followed by a luncheon that was also attended by Bishop John Barres.
A special thanks to:
Chef - Brendan P. McGinley Assisting - Erin Green Serving - Linda A. Toggart, RN Serving - Jane MacDonald Serving - Stephanie Fistner, Nurses Aide Serving - Rose Mincey, Nurses Aide Serving - Ann Armbrecht, Nurses Aide
Father Raymond Diesbourg, MSC Provincial Father E. Michael Camilli, MSC – Superior Evelyn Michaels, Musician Ruth Baker - Secretary
Brother John Joseph Rose was born on June 27, 1916 in New York, in the Archdiocese of New York, where he attended St. Dominic’s Grade School and High School. He became a candidate for the MSC Brotherhood in 1933 in Geneva, IL. Beginning his novitiate in 1934, he made his first Profession of Vows on March 3, 1936 and his Perpetual Profession of Vows on March 3, 1942. In 1936 he received his first appointment to the MSC Community in Shelby, OH, where he worked as house brother, porter, and supervisor of the laundry department. In 1945 he was transferred to Sparta, WI, where he took on the task as Chef. In 1954 he was appointed Circulation Manager of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Magazine at the MSC headquarters in Aurora, Ill. After ten years in that capacity, he was transferred to the Youngstown Community where he was assigned as purchasing agent as well as clerical secretary. Ten years after this assignment, he was sent to the Oceanside, CA Community, where, at the request of the Provincial Superior, he negotiated the sale of the MSC Community property in Oceanside. IN 1975, for reasons of health, he convalesced with the Reading, PA MSC Community until his appointment in 1977 to the Aurora headquarters as Associate Director and then Director of the USA Province Missionary Cooperative Program. In 1982, Brother John volunteered for overseas ministry in Papua, New Guinea, and was assigned as personal secretary to Bishop Karl Hesse, MSC, Bishop of Kavieng, PNG. After the appointment of Bishop Hesse as the Archbishop of Rabaul, PNG, in 1990, Brother John retired to the MSC Center in Kopkop. In the summer of 1993, Brother John returned to the United States to live with the San Bernardino, CA MSC Community until moving to Holy Family Parish in Nazareth, PA in February, 2000. Five years later, he returned to the San Bernardino and Palm Springs, CA MSC communities to retire. In 2007, for reasons of age and health, he was assigned to the USA Province’s Health Care Facility at Sacred Heart Villa, Center Valley, PA, where he currently resides.