St. Rose Catholic Church celebrated the 100th anniversary of its school Sunday.
The Mass homilist was Fr. Chad Droessler, a St. Rose Class of 1999 alumnus. He spoke of the rich tradition of the
Catholic school and the importance of the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters. He encouraged parishioners to look to the school future and keep the school operating.
St. Rose School is a place where students can not only learn academics, but infuse faith in everything they do. We are called to know, love and serve him, just as St. Rose’s mission statement says.
In September 1916, St. Rose School opened its doors to 128 students in four classrooms.
The Sinsinawa Dominicans were instrumental in starting the school and educating students. In the original school, they resided on the third floor of the school.
The first school was next to the old church, which stood where the present day school is now. In 1956, a new school was built. Now 100 years later, St. Rose of Lima School flourishes with 132 students.
After Mass, the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters who were present were recognized for their years of service as teachers, principal and staff. They were presented with two dedication banners to put up at Sinsinawa Mound and the Villa and a 100th anniversary mug each for their service.
Rep. Travis Tranel (R–Cuba City) also presented Mary Schneider, the principal, with a personalized, historical plaque commemorating St. Rose’s accomplishment. Alumni students of the first few classes of St. Rose were also recognized with a 100th anniversary mug.
Students of St. Rose School then performed “Rock Solid.” a play with eighth-grade students performing the acting parts and the other students, from prekindergarten through seventh grade. singing.
A luncheon and open house was held following the play, with many alumni attending.
Father David Flanagan is St. Rose’s pastor. Teachers include Cheri Oglesby, Karrie Steinhart, Lauren Goodale, Jenna Hosch, Chris Iserman, Matthew Jellison, Lindsey Richey, Jenni Ginter, Joyce Fowler, and Kimberly Pink.