Sister Dolores Ritter


Monrovia,  CA

United States

“During my grade school years, I felt the call to follow Christ in a special way. Participating in mission clubs while in high school sparked my interest to pursue a vocation in Maryknoll.”

dritter_lgBorn in Dresden, Kansas, on December 10, 1928, Sister Dolores acquired her degree as a registered nurse in 1951 from St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in Manhattan, Kansas. Prior to her entrance to the Maryknoll Sisters on January 1, 1952, Sister Dolores worked as a graduate nurse at St. Catherine of Siena Hospital in McCook, Nebraska. Sister Dolores professed her first vows on September 8, 1954 and final vows on September 8, 1960.

After her first commitment, Sister Dolores was assigned to the Maryknoll Sisters Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Monrovia, California. She served as a specialist in chest surgery for 11 years. Sister Dolores returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Residential Care in 1966 to offer her nursing services. At this time, Sister Dolores studied at Boston College and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1971.

In 1972, Sister Dolores was assigned to Yap in the Micronesia area of the Central Pacific. Sister Dolores worked as a Supervisor of the Public Health Program of the Yap District Hospital. Of her experience there, Sister Dolores says, “My time in Yap was an in-depth introduction to the cultures of the isolated, undeveloped tiny islands of the vast Pacific.”

After four years of service to the people of Yap, Sister Dolores was sent to the Marshall Islands,  where her ministry focused on community health and natural family planning. Then Sister Dolores returned home in 1982 for family ministry, caring for her mother until 1989.

In 1990, Sister Dolores returned to the Central Pacific and “the big island” of Hawaii for 19 years.  Her ministries in Hilo and Lihui were the Food Banks, and in Pahala, Sister Dolores volunteered in parish ministries attending to the elderly, tutoring, and hospice work.

In 2008, Sister Dolores was assigned to the Maryknoll Sisters Retirement house in Monrovia, California where she currently resides as an active community member.