On Friday, June 8, 2012 our Saint Martin’s family celebrated our dear 37 year Resident, Rose Dente’s 100th birthday.
Rose, a Baltimore native joined the Saint Martin’s family in 1975 at 62 years old, a year after her husband died. She married, raised two children and worked briefly in a doctor’s office, not as a receptionist,” but rather a “patient chaperon.”
Her distinguished demeanor, (which belied her life of limited resources) keen wit and ready acceptance by diverse audiences made her a valuable volunteer.
As Rose noted recently: “As soon as I moved in the Sisters descended on me.” Rose edited our national “Serenity” magazine, wrote and offered opening remarks at various events and was an “ambassador of good will” to new residents, aiding in their adjustment to their new home.
Rose has forged many close friendships with other Residents, particularly “Veronica” who shared Rose’s vitality and stature—Rose still shows remorse over her beloved friend’s passing after a lengthy illness.
When asked her secret to longevity, she responded: “First and foremost my devotion to my faith and the loving care at Saint Martin’s.”
Mother Alice Marie noted: “Celebrating Rose’s 100th birthday is a true blessing to the Little Sisters who currently live at Saint Martin’s, as well as those that came before. Over the years she has become a dear friend. Rose had the joy of traveling on pilgrimage to Rome in 1982 with our delegation for the beatification of Saint Jeanne Jugan and in 2009 she watched the canonization from her armchair at St. Martin’s.
We love you Rose and give thanks to God for your presence among us!