Sister Sandra Marie Sosnowski, CSFN

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Service Information

Friday, May 8 (Wake)
Provincialate of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth
310 N. River Road, Des Plaines, IL
6-8 p.m. (Prayer service at 7:45 p.m.)


Saturday, May 9 (Viewing)
St. Emily Catholic Church
1400 E Central Rd, Mount Prospect, IL
10 a.m. – 12 noon


Saturday, May 9 (Mass of the Resurrection)
St. Emily Catholic Church
1400 E. Central Rd, Mount Prospect, IL
12 noon


Sister Sandra Marie of Mary, Mother of the Host (Sandra Sosnowski), 72, died May 3, 2015.  She was in the 57th year of her religious life for the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.  She was born to Edward and Frances on September 13, 1942, and was their third child and only girl. She entered the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth on January 12, 1958 where she ministered in many parishes throughout the Chicagoland area, and also served in Australia for a number of years.

Sandra Marie Sosnowski, CSFN joined Resurrection University’s newly created Mission and Ministry Department in 2010. Known by all as Sister Sandi, she was the first to hold this position, and was responsible for the spiritual advisement and mentorship of students, faculty and staff of Resurrection University.  Delivering the mission by reminding the ResU Community through CARES Cards, traveling trophies, Hat’s Off Awards, mission moments, Bible verses and scriptures on bulletin boards during Exam Weeks,  and opening prayers at meetings and events, she taught all how to live the mission through their daily work and studies.  Sister Sandi was fondly called the reining Prayer in Chief!

Sister Sandi brought smiles to everyone she encountered and tasked herself with learning the names of every student each semester, as hundreds entered the doors of ResU. Two years ago, the University created the Sister Sandra Sosnowski Excellence in Mission and Ministry award which was designed to recognize faculty and staff contributions to the mission and core values of Resurrection University.  Sister Sandi took much pleasure in developing the criteria, judging the nominations and selecting the honoree, along with a small committee.

Prior to Resurrection University, Sister Sandi was Chaplain for West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park. She also taught elementary and junior high at several schools in the Chicago area and suburbs. Sister Sandi was a writer, editor and secretarial assistant for the General Chapter Publication of Rome, Italy, and was also Vice President of Mission Effectiveness for the Ethics Committee of Holy Family Medical Center. Sister also served on the University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB).