My heart is filled with gratitude for family, friends, and Dominican Sisters.
I lived a simple life with my mother and three brothers on a farm in Michigan. My early years were enriched by the example and lives of my faith-filled grandparents, aunts, and uncles.
Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters planted the seed of helping others and assisted me in cultivating and nurturing the growth of that seed. It was brought to fruition when I became a Dominican Sister. Embracing a life of service, the charism of joy and hospitality permeated each of my ministry choices: elementary teaching, directing Religious Education, developing Family Enrichment, administering Soup Kitchens and Food Pantries, assisting homeless families, and coordinating Neighborhood Community Action programs.
As a bereavement minister with Salish and Kootenai Native people on Flathead Reservation in Montana, I appreciate indigenous women as spirit-filled, brave, robust, and resilient. They are caretakers of earth, continually reflecting on the wonders of creation. Respected and honored, they teach the younger generation their native language, tribal traditions, and cultural values.
My prayer is to embrace today, my challenge is to dream, create tomorrow, and constantly thank God for all good gifts.
Rose Marie was born on April 6, 1943 to Clarence and Marie Schnell. She lived a very simple life with her mother and three brothers on a farm in Michigan. Her early years were enriched by the example and lives of her faith-filled grandparents, aunts and uncles.
She was educated by Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters at St. Michael School in Maple Grove, New Lothrop, Michigan. Dominican Sisters planted the seed of helping others in her heart and assisted her in cultivating, fertilizing and nurturing the growth of that seed. She continued her education at Aquinas College, completing a BA degree and a Masters of Religious Education. As Sister Edith set out on a life of service, the charisms of joy and hospitality permeated each of her life and ministry choices.
Through the years, her diverse ministries were a great source of personal enrichment. Teaching in elementary schools, ministering in parishes as Director of Religious Education, operating food pantries and soup kitchens, sheltering homeless families, ministering to college students, initiating, organizing and leading family-centered intergenerational religious education, and working in areas of peace and justice have always enhanced her life.
Sister Edith served for five years as Pastoral Minister at Sacred Heart Parish in Saginaw, Michigan: assisted in creating the East Side Soup Kitchen; organized Vacation Bible School; developed Family Enrichment sessions, planned Christian Service Projects, supported Liturgy planning, and more. She served as Pastoral Associate & DRE from 1984-1989 at Our Lady of the Angels Parish in Chicago and directed the Food Pantry Program, Neighborhood Community Action coordinator.
Sister Edith was Director of Religious Education at St. Paschal Church in West Monroe, Louisiana, supporting parishioners and volunteers. In recent years, she servers
My hope and prayer are to embrace today, and my challenge for the future is to dream dreams, create tomorrow, and constantly thank God for all good gifts which surround me.— 1987, Edith Marie Schnell, 25th Jubilee
Life is like a kaleidoscope. All through life -- people change, ministries change, but the one thread which does not change is one's relationship with God.– Sister Edith reflecting on her ministry
2022 – 60 Years a Sister
Pray for women and children
Dominican Sisters Margaret Hillary and Edith Snell serve families at St. Ignatius Mission Parish in Montana, on the Flathead Indian Reservation.
As director of religious education and campus minister, Sister Edith served at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Ruston, Louisianna. She supported the parish, programmed and organized teaching materials for catechists, as well as provided pastoral care and more for students of Tech Catholic Student Center.
In 2019, the people of St Paschal Catholic Church threw a farewell party for Sister Edith who served as catechetical leader and pastoral minister at St. Paschal in Louisianna for 11 years. “Gonna miss our Sister Edith Schnell from our St Paschal Catholic Church. She’s moving to St Ignatius, Montana to her next assignment. Her farewell party pictures … 11 years went by fast but we enjoyed her sooo much! Keep Sr Edith in y’all prayers!”– Anthony Ledet
An elementary school teacher for 12 years in Michigan, I taught in four different elementary schools. I taught high school religious ed for 3 years, and director of religious ed for 2 years.
“Had a good time celebrating Sister Edith last night. Good luck in this next chapter. I will never forget you!! I’ve always said had she been around while I was growing up I would have grown up wanting to be a sister!! She is by far the coolest sister ever!!” — Angela LeBrun Grubbs, St Paschal Catholic Church.