In Memory

Sister M. Rita McCormack, IHM

August 19, 1875 – June 24, 1957

Sister M. Rita McCormack, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Monday, June 24, 1957 at the Marian Convent in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

She was born on August 19, 1875 in Silver Lake, Pennsylvania, and given the name Genevieve. She was the daughter of the late John and Bridget Hanagan McCormack. She entered the IHM Congregation on October 2, 1903, received the religious habit on December 31, 1903, and made profession on December 29, 1905.

Sister Rita enjoyed her years of teaching children in our IHM mission schools.

She was preceded in death by six brothers, Alphonsus, William J., Ambrose Paul, James A., Paul Leo, and John James; four sisters, Mary Kelly, Ellen Sweeney, Rose Gahagan, and Anastasia Murphy, and aunt, Sister M. Perpetua McCormick, IHM.

She is survived by nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Interment is at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to support the retired IHM Sisters c/o the IHM Sisters Retirement Fund, IHM Center, 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509.

Archival Remembrance:

During the summer, God called Himself our devoted Sister M. Rita. She carried with her to God’s holy presence, many decades of consecrated service to God and to our Congregation. Besides her long and fruitful years of active service in the classrooms, God asked of Sister Rita the added gift of long and painful suffering. In imitation of our Blessed Mother, whose life of sorrow is the essence of her Immaculate Heart, our dear Sister edified all by her patience and resignation. Sickness is the true index of character, and the Marian Convent bears holy witness to the sterling spiritual qualities of those Sisters whose active lives of dedication to God’s service blend into the painful days of awaiting God’s summons. In imitation of our Blessed Mother, our revered Sister exemplify an untroubled supernatural joy, even as she suffers intense pain. God grant that Sister Rita has entered into eternity, and heard the diving words, “Well done…” For each of her we pray that God’s eternal peace and rest may be her reward.

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