Fr. Rosing move to St. Charles Community

Posted on: September 12, 2016 1:00 pm
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Fr. Robert Rosing at St. Joseph Heights Chapel

Rev. Robert Rosing is a familiar face at the Covington Provincial Center. He has been the live-in chaplain since 2005 and a dear friend to the Sisters of Notre Dame. In July of this year, Fr. Rosing made the decision to move to St. Charles Community in Covington, KY, and serve as chaplain on an as-needed basis. Like many residents at St. Charles he recognized the value of added assistance in his life. He said that while he had made a home at St. Joseph Heights, he knew it was time to move. 

On Fr. Rosing’s first visit as a potential St. Charles resident, he was impressed by the “visual pleasantness” of the building. More important, he said he felt reassured by his interactions with the staff.

“When I went in, it was like a family member welcomed me and was helping me get settled,” Fr. Rosing said. “I immediately knew it was where I wanted to be.”

After his move, Fr. Rosing said that he saw this was more than a casual friendliness. Meals, activities, and everyday life at St. Charles felt like home and a second family.

“The staff are so outgoing that it influences the residents. You don’t have to wait to be introduced to someone. They are ready to ask your name and interests,” he said.

According to Fr. Rosing, St. Charles has a welcoming, active environment like he experienced at St. Joseph Heights, but he still has privacy, independence, and the normalcy of his daily life. 

“You can always retreat to your room,” Fr. Rosing explained. “Staff stop by periodically to drop off food or pick up items, which can serve as a safety check, but residents give each other privacy.”

In fact, Fr. Rosing is able to welcome people to St. Charles for counseling and confession.

“I think if there were no opportunity for pastoral ministry, I don’t think I could be as content here.”

Fr. Rosing’s approach to ministry is not limited to formal interactions. Even at his dining table and among people of many faiths, the chance to connect and serve presents itself. At one of his first meals he was seated next to a husband and wife of Presbyterian origins, but who became Methodist, and a man who was a Christian minister.

“Here is an ecumenical table sharing a genuinely friendly meal together,” Fr. Rosing said. “The minister said, ‘I don’t know how we ever ended up here, but I certainly am glad.’”

The husband from the couple passed away and the wife said that the minister and Fr. Rosing were unusually helpful support for her. 

Reflecting on her words and his multi-faith relationships, Fr. Rosing said, “I feel that’s a part of ministry. If I can get everyone on all sides of the issue to see our call to be one as Jesus prayed at the Last Supper, I welcome that opportunity.”

This continuation of ministry and connection to others was important for Fr. Rosing in making the transition to St. Charles. It is something he thinks anyone considering a similar move should remember.

“Some people are hesitant to make the move because of a feeling of a complete break from the life they’re used to living.” He said it is easier if they can feel a continuation of their connection to family, friends, and their daily schedule. 

“For me,” Fr. Rosing explained, “it makes it easier to be away from what was my home knowing I can return to help with Mass as needed. If I can’t be at St. Joseph Heights, I am glad I am at St. Charles.”

Tom Herms
Date: on September 24, 2016

Sounds like a win-win situation! God continues to fill all our needs.

Kathleen Stutler
Date: on September 23, 2016

We here at St Charles are blest. We love having him so near and enjoying his words of wisdom.

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