Sister Rita, from St. Louis, Missouri, entered Maryknoll in 1978. Prior to her arrival at Maryknoll, she earned a B.S. in Nursing and served as an Army nurse at Fort McClellan in Alabama. She studied in the Core Theology program at Maryknoll School of Theology in Maryknoll, NY. She then studied clinical pastoral education and earned certification as a formator from the Institute of Religious Formation at St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO.
Sister Rita went to Japan in 1981, and studied nursing courses at St. Mary’s Junior College of Nursing in Tokyo in Japanese, where she earned a Japanese nursing license.
Sister Rita became a volunteer nurse at the Sanyu Clinic in Sanya, Japan until 1992. She returned to Maryknoll, and for five years was co-director of Congregational Orientation program for the Maryknoll Sisters. She then earned her M>S>N> in public health nursing from St. Louis University.
Sister Rita returned to Japan in 2002, and celebrated her Sislver Jubilee of Profession as a Maryknoll Sister the same year. She began volunteering at Place Tokyo, a community-based organization begun ten years previously that supports people with HIV&AIDS and their families. The program offers preventive education and support. She was the nurse in charge of the clinic.
In 2017, Sister Rita returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center and was appointed “Integrative Care Coordinator”.