Sr Rose Virginie Warnig

Sr Rose Virginie Warnig

Death 29 Dec 2007 (aged 94)
Burial Fort Thomas, Campbell County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 23723293 · View Source
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Kentucky Post---January 1, 2008

Sister Rose Virginie Warnig followed her oldest sister into religious service more than 70 years ago.

She spent 46 years in religious service in Italy before returning to the states to continue her work, celebrating her diamond jubilee in 1998. Her last mission was to Pelletier Hall, Fort Thomas, where she died on Saturday. She was 94.

Sister Rose Virginie was born in Owensboro as Frances Elizabeth Warnig. She developed an interest in the Sisters of the Good Shepherd after her oldest sister joined the congregation.

She received the baptismal name of Good Shepherd's foundress, St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier at her clothing ceremony, becoming "Rose Virginie," and took her first vows in 1933 in Angers, France, assuming she would then return home to the United States, but instead found herself missioned in Italy.

Her first assignment was in Bravetta, helping the congregation with preparations of the beatification and canonization of her namesake, teaching girls in the parish, and typing papers for students graduating from Roman Catholic universities.

With the advent of World War II, Sister Rose Virginie assisted the Allies by working for the Vatican Information Bureau, the U.N. Relief and Rehabilitation Agency, and Vatican relief services, involved in Italy's rebuilding.

She performed many service tasks for her community such as Provincial Superior of the Roman Province (1952-1966), Procurator General (1958-1973), General Councilor for Italy (1966-1973), and General Councilor for English speaking regions (1973-1979). It was her goal as president of the Federation of Women Religious to make sure sisters received the needed education and professional training for their ministries.

After 46 years in Italy, she returned to the United States in 1979, feeling more Italian than American. Her stateside career included writing booklets on congregational spirituality; giving retreats and workshops, traveling to such places as India and Hawaii; and organizing a group of laywomen known as the Companions of Jesus the Good Shepherd.

She leaves no immediate survivors.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Pelletier Hall, Fort Thomas. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Pelletier Hall. Burial will be in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas.

Memorials are suggested to the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, Pelletier Hall, 930 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas, Ky. 41075.
Cincinnati Enquirer---January 1, 2008

FORT THOMAS - Sister Rose Virginie Warnig R.G.S., 94, died Saturday at Sisters of the Good Shepherd Pelletier Hall, Fort Thomas.

She worked for the Vatican Information Bureau and U.N. Relief and Rehabilitation Agency; was a Provincial Superior of the Roman Province, General Councillor of Italy, and secretary and president of the Federation of Women Religious engaging in social ministries; wrote booklets on congregational spirituality; and offered retreats and workshops across the world.

Survivors include her associate Sister Elise Kramer.

Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday with service at 11 a.m. Thursday at Pelletier Hall. Muehlenkamp-Erschell Funeral Home, Fort Thomas, is handling arrangements.

Memorials: Sister of the Good Shepherd Pelletier Hall, 930 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075.

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