Sister Rose Lauren Earl, M.M.
Current Ministry Location-Maryknoll Sisters Center
For ten years (1997-2007), Sister Rose Lauren Earl was bookkeeper and general office manager for the Prefect Apostolic of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. She felt challenged to develop any real or latent talents to meet daily tasks such as chartering ships/boats or planes to transport supplies and personnel for this island nation. She was responsible for agendas and logistical support for the projects of the Prefecture. This included yearly training programs for prayer leaders from outer islands, youth conventions, and construction of parish facilities. Sister Rose Lauren talked to other missioners via shortwave radio, the only communication to many islands. She first arrived in Majuro in 1964 and in her first fifteen years she served as Principal and Grade 8 teacher in Assumption School. Along with school subjects they taught practical things like cooking and nutrition. When she returned she saw the truth, “Educate a woman, educate a family.” Graduates from the school were leaders, teaching other women organization skills, self-help ideas.
Sister Rose Lauren hails from New Albany, Indiana and had studied Accounting at the University of Indiana before joining Maryknoll in 1950. Her first mission assignment was in 1953 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center where she worked in the Treasury Deparment and in the Sisters Mission Shipping Office. In 1960, she was assigned to Hawaii where she taught four years before going to Majuro. Returning to Hawaii she became Diocesan Director of Natural Family Planning, and was involved with Catholic Engaged Encounter and Marriage Preparation. She found this a vital ministry for anyone interested in women’s or family issues. She participated in satellite communication with the Natural Family Planning counselors of the Pacific basin nations.
In 2008, she joined the Rogers Community at the Sisters Center in NY. As former Assistant Treasurer, she helps out in some Treasury tasks.