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Fiche créée le : 2006-08-05
Père : William Joseph McGUIRE
Mère : Christina Marie Howard
Décès le : 2006-08-05
Parution : 2006-08-07
Paru dans : Ottawa Citizen, ON

McGUIRE, Sister Rita Mary (Sister Mary Paula) A Grey Sister of the Immaculate Conception, Pembroke, Ontario died in Marianhill Residence, Pembroke on Saturday, August 5th, 2006 in the 61st year of her Religious Life. Left to mourn are the members of her Religious Community, her brothers, Hubert Thomas, and William George (Mona), her sister, Madeline Casselman, her good friend and sister-in-law Eleanor McGuire as well as devoted nieces, nephews, and many dear friends. Predeceased by her parents, William Joseph McGuire and Christina Marie Howard, her sister Edna Desrochers, her brothers, Leslie James, Allan William, and Roy Joseph. Sister Rita was born in Detroit, Michigan, on August 10th, 1927. She entered the Grey Sisters' Community on September 6th, 1945, pronouncing her final vows on August 1st, 1950. Following graduation from the Ottawa Teachers' College in 1949, Sister Rita began her career at the Immaculate Conception Primary School in Windsor, Ontario. Subsequent teaching assignments led her to various other Ontario schools, including Assumption School in Eastview, (Vanier), St. George's School, Ottawa, Continuation School, Eganville, and Immaculata High School in Ottawa, where she taught for eleven years. Continuing with further studies, Sister Rita earned a "High School Specialist Teaching Certificate" in English and History, her B.A. from St. Patrick's College, Carleton University, as well as her Masters in Education, from the University of Toronto. For two years she served as Librarian at St. Teresa's High School in Midland. In 1972, Sister Rita moved to the Northwest Territories ministering in Adult Education and teacher training programs for the territorial government. She initiated the programs in several areas in the N.W.T. including Fort Good Hope, Fort Smith and Frobisher Bay. She also taught Catechetics in the MacKenzie/Fort Smith Diocese, where in 1980, she served as Adult Education coordinator for the next two years. In 1982, Sister Rita's interest turned to managing Archives, eventually accepting the position of full time Archivist for the Grey Sisters' Community. She was a founding member of the Religious Archivists of Ontario, and is well known and respected within the group. A writer, as well as an educator, in 1983, Sister Rita published her first book: "A Pioneer for Our Times:, regarding the life and times of St. Marguerite D'Youville. There followed other publications including the history of the Grey Sisters in China, in the Bahamas, and in the Dominican Republic. Resting at the Sarah Centre, 700 Mackay Street in Pembroke, Ontario, on Monday, August 7th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Evening prayers in the Marguerite Centre at 7 p.m. Liturgy of the Resurrection on Tuesday, August 8th at 10:30 a.m. Interment in St. Columba's Cemetery, Pembroke, Ontario. Arrangements by the Neville Funeral Home, Pembroke. Published in the Ottawa Citizen on 8/7/2006


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