Sister Ritarose Stahl received the prestigious Our Lady of Guadalupe Award during Silver Lake College’s Winter Commencement Ceremony on Dec. 19.
The award is bestowed on individuals who have made significant contributions in advancing the college’s mission and who exemplify the ideals of the college. The award bears the name Guadalupe because Our Lady of Guadalupe is designated as the special patroness of Silver Lake College.
Sister Ritarose joined Silver Lake College in August of 1989 after serving as Community Director of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity for 12 years.
She worked in the college’s Zigmunt Library for 25 years until her retirement in July 2014. For the last 14 years, she served as library director.
During her tenure, she took on the Rare Book Room as her special project. She helped obtain funding to upgrade the Rare Book Room for protection of the books, many of which are very old and fragile. She gave tours of the room, taught classes there and collaborated with faculty on talks about some of the rarest books.
Other library accomplishments during Sister Ritarose’s tenure included providing a database of Kodály theses in full text to students and the public. In addition, she enjoyed teaching courses in children’s literature.
Sister Ritarose was born in St. Nazianz and grew up Kiel. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1969 from Holy Family College (now Silver Lake College). She minored in history and theology. She earned her Master of Arts in Library and Information Science from Rosary College (now Dominican University) in River Forest, Ill., in 1996.
Since her retirement, Sister Ritarose has taken charge of organizing the college’s archives.