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Active Jubilarian Recounts Vocation Journey: Sister Rosemary Endres, CSJ
by Angela Cave, staff reporter, The Evangelist, April 12, 2012
One of the early jobs held by Sister Rosemary Endres, CSJ (Sister Anne Michael), gave her free tickets to a Nat King Cole concert. She also met big-band era greats like Tex Beneke and Sammy Kaye.
A graduate of Catholic schools in Syracuse, Sister Rosemary worked in office settings that included a record distribution department at RCA Victor.
"You heard all the records first," she remembered. "I was there when they went from 78 to 45 [RPM]."
Two of her high school classmates had entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in Albany and encouraged her to do so, too - but she kept talking herself out of it.
"I was rather restless, but I convinced myself that I could never leave home," Sister Rosemary said. "One day, it just hit me that I should enter. I guess the classmates' prayers were stronger than my pushing it aside."
Sister Rosemary quit her final job doing payroll for a store and entered the religious congregation just before her 24th birthday. Today, at 84, she's celebrating her 60th anniversary as a sister.
Her teaching career took her as far away as Hawaii; she spent four decades in social service ministry in Schenectady. She's still running a food pantry for the city's needy and homebound that she and another sister opened in 1985.