Obituary: Benedictine Sister Rosemary (Dominic) Lenneman

Benedictine Sister Rosemary (Dominic) Lenneman, 86, died Nov. 10, at St. Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud. The Eucharist of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17,  at the Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, with burial of cremated remains in the monastery cemetery. Friends may call at St. Scholastica Convent on Tuesday, Nov. 16, for a prayer service at 1 p.m. followed by visitation until 4:15 p.m., or for a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m. at St. Benedict’s Monastery. Visitation continues at 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral.

Rosemary Lenneman was born Aug. 21, 1935, in St. Michael, the third child of Dominic and Agnes (Dehmer) Lenneman. She attended St. Michael grade school and high school. On Sept. 9, 1954, she entered St. Benedict’s Monastery, was received into the novitiate as Sister Dominic (later reverting to her baptismal name) June 15, 1955, made first monastic profession July 11, 1956, and perpetual monastic profession July 11, 1959. Her golden jubilee was celebrated July 11, 2006, and her 60th jubilee in 2016.

A graduate of the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, Sister Rosemary also attended St. Cloud State University and completed units of CPE at St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, and Luther Hospital in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Sister Rosemary served as an educator in St. Augustine School in St. Cloud, Sobieski, Cold Spring, St. Joseph School in Minneapolis, Melrose, Richmond and St. Anthony’s in St. Cloud.

At St. Benedict’s Monastery, she worked as part-time receptionist and housekeeper at the Benedictine Resource Center and in the archives doing calligraphy. She was involved in pastoral care at St. Benedict’s Senior Community, St. Cloud, and volunteered at Americare Nursing Home and Sterling Park Commons (both in Waite Park). In 2010, she moved to St. Scholastica Convent where she undertook a ministry of prayer and community living.

Sister Rosemary is survived by her Benedictine community and sisters, Imogene Lenneman, Frances Brazil, Anita Lenneman and Dalene Lenneman, and by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, James,  and her sister, Irma Pierre.

Please direct memorial gifts to the Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict Outreach Ministries.




Author: The Central Minnesota Catholic

The Central Minnesota Catholic is the magazine for the Diocese of St. Cloud.

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