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Pastoral Council recognizes Rosanne Michaels

RosanneMeet Rosanne Michaels, as the Pastoral Council recognizes and thanks her for her involvement in our parish!

Rosanne comes to us from the East Coast, though she has been a Seattleite for many years. She was educated in New York as an English teacher. Much later, in Seattle, she attended the Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry. For the past 25 years, Rosanne has been employed by St. James Cathedral as a Pastoral Assistant in Faith Formation. Her ministerial focus there includes Returning Catholics, Confirmation, Grief and Loss, Elderly, and offering parish retreats. She also contracts with the Ignatian Spirituality Center, and directs retreatants through the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life.

Though most days she needs to be at the Cathedral, she does call St. Francis her “home” parish, and believes that it’s important to be involved, even though time does limit her availability. Rosanne enjoys being a lector at the Saturday evening Mass, and has offered retreats for St. Francis staff and RCIA groups. She says at this point, that’s about all she can manage. In past years, when she had a more flexible schedule, she worked with her late, beloved husband Jack to start our Sister Parish... Those were more active years in the parish, and Rosanne remembers them with fondness.

Asked about her call to ministry, Rosanne shared the following: “My sweet husband, who was not yet Catholic at the time, suggested to me that I needed to be working for the Church. He knew me better than I knew myself, and so I listened to him. I think he was right! He was my inspiration, as was Archbishop Hunthausen, who I knew in my early years at the Cathedral.”

For Rosanne, faith has been her compass. Though clearly it is her strength and joy, she acknowledges times of darkness and struggle as well. That’s good, though, she says, as she feels it helps her understand people who are struggling with church and faith.

Rosanne shared her perspective that, in order to really feel like you are part of the community, you need to get involved. “Going to Mass is, of course, fundamental, but unless you are an extraordinary extrovert, you won’t meet too many people, or get to really know them at Mass. Find something you might enjoy doing, and just do it. If it doesn’t work out, then try something else!”

Away from work and parish life, Rosanne’s interests lie in the arts. Her father was a musician and her brother, a professional artist. For the past few years, she has been learning to draw, and loves music. She likes to garden, but with limited time, she admits gardening has become a euphemism for pulling weeds and trying to fix the lawn which the raccoons love to roll up, like a carpet! With a full life of work and ministry, the arts may have to wait. Perhaps there will be more time in the future.

Thank you, Rosanne, for sharing yourself with us. You are truly a blessing and we treasure you as a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish!

St. Francis of Assisi Pastoral Council

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To nominate someone, click Read More >, below. One of the six key characteristics of an engaged member of a parish is that members have received recognition or praise from someone in their parish, within the past six months. As our Parish moves forward, it will be essential that we create the climate where parishioners freely and frequently can recognize and praise the efforts of other parishioners and staff members. One step in creating this climate is the creation of this forum. Read More


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