Sister Rita Ann (Laurina) Engel, Sister of Christian Charity, entered eternal life on September 10, 2018, following a long illness at Mallinckrodt Convent, Mendham, NJ. Sister was 84 years of age.
Born in Williamsport, PA, February 22, 1934, Sister Rita Ann was the daughter of Beatrice (Mushena) and Lawrence Engel. Sister entered the Sisters of Christian Charity on August 30, 1959 and professed her final vows on August 15, 1968.
Her years of ministry were in the field of Catholic education, having served as an elementary and secondary teacher in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. In addition, she performed clerical work in the Education Department of Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania and worked as a billing clerk with Susquehanna Physicians Services at Divine Providence Hospital in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Following her years of apostolic service, Sister assumed the duties of general help at Holy Family Convent in Danville and then transferred to the new Motherhouse in Mendham, New Jersey in May, 2018. Sister is survived by her sister, Mary Urbano and other relatives and the Sisters of Christian Charity.
Viewing will be Thursday, September 13, from 2-4pm with Evening prayer at 7:00 pm in the Chapel of Mary Immaculate, Motherhouse, Mendham, NJ.
Liturgy of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, September 14th at 11:00 at the Motherhouse with burial at Holy Cross Cemetery on the Motherhouse property.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Sister Rita Ann can be made to the Sisters of Christian Charity.
Bailey Funeral Home in Mendham is handling the arrangements.