Stephanie grew up in South Jersey near Philadelphia, one of 7 children in a Catholic family. In high school, she discovered the love of Jesus through community and the Sacraments through a faith community she was part of. She also discovered a deep love of spirituality and ministry and continued her education with a bachelor’s degree in theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville (FUS).
After graduating in 2005, she worked as a Director of Religious Education for two years and then returned to Franciscan University and completed a master’s degree in theology, with a specialization in Catechetics in 2009. Stephanie then had the opportunity to move to Chile and fulfill a lifelong dream of living in another country and learning to speak Spanish fluently. During almost two years in Chile, she taught English and enjoyed Chilean culture and food.
She returned to New Jersey in 2011 and worked as an assistant in special education and taught adult faith formation. In 2013, she accepted a job as a youth minister at St. Andrew by the Bay in Arnold and moved to Maryland. Shortly after, she reconnected with fellow FUS grad, Phil Rosensteel, and in 2015, they were married and began the adventure of raising a family. They now live in Catonsville, raising three beautiful children and cherishing the gift of family life.
What do you love best about OLPH?
One of the first times I visited OLPH was to hear a speaker while I was working as a youth minister. I was impressed with the vibrancy of the community and thought that this was a place I would love to work. When we began attending Mass here as a family, we appreciated the spirit of welcome and hospitality, the many offerings for families and the beautiful campus. We became parishioners in 2021 and I am excited now to have the opportunity to work here as well.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love being outdoors and cultivating a love of nature within my family. In times of solitude (which I need regularly as an introvert!), my hobbies include studying theology, spirituality, philosophy, and language, reading and writing, and dabbling in music.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by many women I have known who live a beautiful, generous, and faith-filled life of feminine genius and motherhood, whether in raising a family or in a religious or consecrated vocation. Some of my favorite women saints are St. Therese of Lisieux, her mother, St. Zelie Martin, Mother Teresa, St. Kateri, St. Edith Stein, and St. Hildegard of Bingen.