Funeral for Sister Rosalyn (Elizabeth) Miller

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Sister Rosalyn (Elizabeth) Miller, osu, Prelate, was called into eternal life at Samaritan Place in Saskatoon, SK on November 11, 2018 at the age of 87 years. Daughter of Linus and Hedwig (Dragovits) Miller, she was born on August 10, 1931 and welcomed into an already made family of six siblings, children of Linus and Agatha (Ehle) Miller RIP. One family was created and two more siblings were yet to arrive. Elizabeth’s early school years took place at Flowerdale, a country school, until fire claimed their farmhouse. Moving to the village of Prelate, she was enrolled in the Prelate School staffed by the Ursuline Sisters. She completed her Grade VIII, and continued the next two years at that school, after which she went to St. Angela’s Academy, entering as an Ursuline Postulant in January 1947.  After two years of Novitiate, she made her religious profession on August 15, 1950, along with two other Sisters. She attended Teachers College in Moose Jaw and subsequently taught elementary grades in Primate, Denzil, Swift Current and Prelate.  She was elected to General Administration in her Order in 1967, serving in that position until 1979. It was at that time that she answered a call to serve in a mission in Brazil.  After three years, the mission closed and she returned to ministry in Saskatchewan.  Sister Rosalyn served in the Kindersley Parish as Pastoral Associate for one year, where she was again elected to General Administration as General Secretary, until 1991.  She planned to take a sabbatical to study theology and was already in Toronto when Sister Rose, her sister, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She came home to be her caregiver, resuming her studies the following year and graduating with a degree in Ministry and Spirituality in 1994.  Sister Rosalyn was then employed by the Saskatoon Diocese as the Coordinator of Synod Implementation and as Pastoral Life Director of the parishes of Delisle and Vanscoy, a position she held for three years. In 1997, with Swift Current as her base, she took the position of Director of Religious Education in the Diocese of Gravelbourg, which was amalgamated into the archdiocese of Regina soon after. In 2000, she was called to take the position of Director of Pastoral Services in the Archdiocese, which she held until mid-2005. Prelate was her next ministry as coordinator for the Sisters at the Academy community.  When the Academy closed in 2007 she requested to move to Rosetown and serve in a semi-retired capacity at St. Theresa’s Parish, which she did for three years. Retirement was knocking at her door when she moved to Saskatoon in 2010 where she offered discussion series for seniors at Queens House until health issues forced her into care at St. Angela Merici Residence. The onset of Parkinson’s and the increased level of care took her to St. Ann’s Home and finally to Samaritan Place.  Sister Rosalyn lived a full life of ministry and gave her all to whatever came her way.  She loved life and lived it with a spirit of dedication and joy.

Among personal highlights which spanned many years of her life and ministry were years dedicated to “Junior Echoes” as Aunt Miriam in the “Our Family” publication; the publishing of two books detailing her life and ministry, “Golden Wheat and Russian Thistles” and “Ministry There, Companion Here”, and as Director of the Ursuline Associates for ten years or so.

Left to cherish her memory are her Ursuline Sisters, nieces and nephews and many friends.  She was predeceased by her father (1957), her mother (1986), her sisters Mary, Catherine, Johanna and Sister Rose, osu, her brothers, Peter, Joseph, Nicholas, Richard, Anthony and Alois and step-dad, Jack Mock.

A Vigil of Prayer will take place on Wednesday, November 14 at 7 p.m. and the Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, November 15 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Angela Merici Residence, 125 Cree Crescent, with interment to follow in the cemetery at Prelate, SK.

In lieu of flowers, friends and relatives are invited to contribute to the Ursuline mission of Education by donating to St. Angela’s Academy Foundation at 305 Hilliard Street East, Saskatoon, SK S7J 0E5

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