Celebrating with Sr Rita at 103 years old

[Province of Graz–Central Europe] Sister Rita was born on April 8, 1915 in Gyöngyös, Hungary. She was raised in an orphanage, because her father died early. She entered the Daughters of Charity in 1937 in Budapest and made her vows for the first time in 1942. She obtained a teacher’s degree at the Ranolder Institute in Budapest and was teaching in Vác at the Karolina Institute in elementary school classes 1-4.

In 1950, when communism dispersed all the congregations and monasteries, she returned to Gyöngyös, completed her nursing course and worked as an x-ray assistant at the hospital in Gyöngyös. In the meantime, she also performed training as a cantor and served as an organist in Gyöngyös and in the surrounding villages. In 1995, after the fall of communism and giving back the Provincial House to the Daughters of Charity, Sr. Rita returned to Budapest and served in the community as an organist, as long as her health allowed her.

Asked on the day of her birthday what she would like to share with us, she said that the most important thing is to love each other and forgive each other, because even despite our sincere goodwill, there can be something that can hurt the other. She wished many beautiful vocations that love the Good God very much!

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