Sister Rose's Passion
May 22, 2005 Sunday 2PM CT
For Program On: Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 2:00 PM
In 1957, Sister Rose Thering began her research on a dissertation that would influence the Catholic church's Second Vatican Council, which ruled that Jews no longer would be held responsible for the death of Jesus. Since then, Sister Rose has worked to foster healing and rebuild bridges between Christians and Jews. This hour on Here on Earth, join Jean Feraca for a conversation with Sister Rose, the subject of the 2005 Oscar nominee, "Sister Rose's Passion."
"Sister Rose's Passion" will debut on HBO's Cinemax on May 24 at 6:00pm.
- Sister Rose Thering, subject of 2004 documentary "Sister Rose's Passion"
- Rabbi Eugene Korn, director of Jewish Affairs for the American Jewish Congress
Timeline of Sister Rose's Passion
Compiledby Sister Rose Thering and Dan Scheffey
- 1920 - Rose Thering was born in Plain, Wisconsin (Aug 9).
- 1936 - Rose Thering enters the St. Catherine of Siena Convent as an Aspirant in Racine, Wis.
- 1938 - Rose Thering becomes a novice at St. Catherine of Siena.
- 1939 - Ocean liner St. Louis, with 937 passengers on board, is turned away from Havana, Cuba and then from the United States at Miami. Passengers on board the St. Louis, most of whom are Jews escaping Nazi persecution, are returned to Europe to face the Nazi regime (May). World War II begins when Germany invades Poland (Sept).
- 1940 - Sister Rose takes her first vows and enters the Dominican order. She begins her teaching career in Sauk City, Wis., at St. Aloysius School (third grade).
- 1941 - America enters World War II when Japan attacks Pearl Harbor (Dec 7). Germany and Italy declare war on the United States (Dec 11).
- 1943 - Sister Rose goes to Wausaukee, Wis., to teach 60 students in grades four through six.
- 1945 - Soviet troops liberate the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp (Jan 27). V.E. Day: Nazi Germany surrenders marking the end of World War II in Europe (May 8). U.S. drops atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Aug 6 and 9). V.J. Day “ Japan surrenders, ending World War II in the Pacific (Aug 15). The first international war-crimes trials begin in Nuremberg, Germany, for conspiring and ultimately launching an aggressive war, committing war crimes and committing crimes against humanity (Nov).
- 1946 - Sister Rose takes finals vows and teaches in Racine, Wis. at Holy Name School (sixth grade).
- 1952 - Sister Rose becomes Mistress of Aspirants at St. Catherine of Siena Convent.
- 1950s - During the summers, Sister Rose completes her master's degree at the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.
- 1957 - Sister Rose begins her doctoral studies at Saint Louis University. Sister Rose's research deals with an examination of Catholic religion teaching materials, noting how the texts treat other faiths, racial and national groups.
- 1961 - Sister Rose receives her Ph.D. in education from Saint Louis University.
- 1962 - Pope John XXIII convenes the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council Vatican II.
- 1963 - Bishop Karol Wojtyla, while contributing to the ˜Second Vatican Council" in 1963, is made archbishop of Krakow, Poland. (In 1967, he becomes Karol Cardinal Wojtyla.) Pope John XXIII dies and Cardinal Giovanni Montini is named Pope Paul VI (June).
- 1965 - Vatican II adjourns under Pope Paul VI. Council adopts Nostra Aetate (˜In Our Time"): The Declaration on the Relationship of the Church to non-Christian Religions� due in part to the efforts of Sister Rose Thering, and formally ends the charge that Jews were directly responsible for the death of Jesus (Oct 28)
- 1968 Monsignor John M. Oesterreicher invites Sister Rose to the Institute of Judeao-Christian Studies as coordinator of Special Programs at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.
- 1970 - Sister Rose makes her first visit of 54 trips to Jerusalem for study and teaching.
- 1971 - Sister Rose becomes a member of the America-Israel Friendship League.
- 1972 - Sister Rose Thering with Seton Hall University organizes 30-day trip to Israel, the Menorah Studies Tour, for 25 educators from across the U.S.
- 1973 - Sister Rose becomes a full-time professor in the School of Education at Seton Hall University.
- 1978 - Karol Cardinal Wojtyla made Pope John Paul II, following the 33-day papacy of Pope John Paul I (Oct).
- 1979 - Pope John Paul II travels to Poland. He visits Warsaw and Auschwitz as the first pope to visit a Nazi death camp, signaling to the Christian world the need to confront and atone for sins of the past against the Jews.
- 1982 - Sister Rose visits the Nazi death camps in Poland. The New Jersey Holocaust Education Commission convenes under Governor Thomas Kean for Holocaust education in public, private and parochial schools. Sister Rose is invited to become a member of the New Jersey Holocaust Education Commission by Governor Kean, and subsequently is re-commissioned by Governors Florio, Whitman, DiFrancesco, McGreevey and Codey.
- 1986 - Pope John Paul II is the first pope to visit a synagogue, attending services at the Rome Synagogue. From the pulpit of the synagogue, John Paul II addresses the Jewish congregants as œour elder brothers and denounces Christianity's doctrines of anti-Semitism. Kurt Waldheim, former secretary-general of the United Nations, runs for president of Austria. Sister Rose travels to Vienna to protest Waldheim's presidential inauguration because of revelations that he served in army unit that committed atrocities in Yugoslavia during World War II. Sister Rose and other protestors are roughed up in a confrontation during the inauguration protest. During the disturbance a yellow staris torn from Sister Rose's coat. New York Post headline reads, "Strip-Searched By Austrians - Jersey Nun Humiliated in Vienna" (July 11).
- 1988 - Sister Rose becomes Professor Emerita of Jewish Christian Studies at Seton Hall University.
- 1989-1997 - Sister Rose is the executive director of the National Christian Leadership Conference for Israel.
- 1993 - Seton Hall University establishes the Sister Rose Thering Endowment for Jewish Studies, dedicated to fostering understanding through education and inter-religious cooperation for teachers in public, private and parochial schools, for coursework in the Graduate Department of Jewish-Christian Studies.
- 1994 - Sister Rosess second visit to Warsaw, and to Auschwitz, Birkenau, Madjanek and other Nazi-era concentration camps with Jewish Leaders from Metrowest of New Jersey. Sister Rose and group join 500 Jewish leaders in Israel. Sister Rose also travels to Jordan for visit with King Hussein.
- 2000 - Pope John Paul II introduces a œliturgy of repentance in Rome. The Pope articulates the church's sorrow over seven major categories of pervasive Christian sin over the centuries, including sins against Jews. Pope John Paul II becomes the first Pope to travel to Israel. The Pope visits the Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem, and prays at the Western Wall, with a prayer of repentance affirming that anti-Semitism has no place in the church, among other efforts.
- 2002 - Sister Rose makes her 54th trip to Jerusalem with The National Christian Leadership Conference for Israel (NCLCI).
- 2003 - Production begins on SISTER ROSE'S PASSION (March).
- 2004 - "The Passion of the Christ" opens in the U.S. on Feb. 25 (Ash Wednesday). SISTER ROSEsS PASSION is honored as Best Documentary Short at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival (May 9).
- 2005 - SISTER ROSEsS PASSION is nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Short (Jan 25).
Soundbites and Music Used in the Program
- Travis - "Walking Down The Hill" - From the album 12 Memories - Sony Records
- The Frames - "In The Deep Shade" - From the album For the Birds - Overcoat Recordings
- Portishead - "It Could Be Sweet" - From the album Dummy - Polygram Records
- Music taken from the documentary film Sister Rose's Passion