Born in Baltimore, Sister Mary Rita grew up a member of St. Clement Mary Hofbauer in Rosedale and graduated from The Catholic High School of Baltimore.
She joined the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in 1953 and professed her first views in 1955. With a bachelor’s degree in English from Neumann University in Aston, Pa., and a master’s degree in religious education from Princeton (N.J.) Theological Seminary, she ministered primarily in education, congregational administration and healthcare.
In 2005, she moved to Assisi House, where she served in prayer ministry until her death.
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