Sister Mary Rose (Margaret) Golden celebrates 70 years of Religious life in 2013. The daughter of Anne and Peter Golden, Sister Mary Rose grew up in the Fordham area of the Bronx. It was at the parish of Our Lady of Mercy, at Our Lady’s Institute, where she first met the Sisters of the Divine Compassion. Sister Mary Rose attended kindergarten there and was part of the Little Flower Sewing Circle conducted by Sr. Mary Annunciata.
After graduation from the parish school, Sister Mary Rose journeyed up to White Plains, where she boarded at Good Counsel Academy. She helped pay her tuition by serving meals to the college girls.
After graduation and a one-year stint working for the Federal Reserve Bank, Sister Mary Rose followed the example of her older brother and sister (Tom, who became a Maryknoll priest, and Anne, who joined the Sisters of Charity) and entered religious life on September 12, 1943. Their vocations, like that of younger sister Rosemary (who married and raised seven children), were all influenced by the faith and prayer life of their parents. Sister Mary Rose says of her mother, “Her eye was always fixed on God.”
Recently, Sister Mary Rose was honored by St. Patrick’s parish in Armonk, for twenty-five years of teaching in the Religious Education program. Sr. Mary Rose began this ministry while she served as Principal at Good Counsel Academy (Elementary School). She also provided many years of generous service as a teacher and principal in a number of other schools staffed by the Religious of Divine Compassion. These schools, located in Westchester and the Bronx, were: St. Lawrence in Brewster, St. Bernard’s in White Plains, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Elmsford, St. Frances de Chantal in the Bronx, and Sacred Heart in Hartsdale.
Sister Mary Rose keeps busy these days by staying in touch with family, former students and friends and by remembering them all in her daily prayer. She is the deliverer of mail for all the Sisters each day, and she offers a quiet, gentle presence at meals, congregational meetings and occasional ‘meet-ups’ in the halls and corridors of Good Counsel.