Rita was born in Boston and raised in Cambridge where she attended Notre Dame Schools and Cardinal Cushing High School in South Boston. In I962 she entered Notre Dame, and after teaching in Woburn and Salem, New Hampshire, was missioned to Brazil where she served for 36 years.
Sister Rita returned to the United States in March 2018. She lives in Somerville and teaches English as a Second Language to diverse cultural groups. She teaches ESL with people from Brazil at St. Anthony's Parish in Somerville. She volunteers at St. Benedict's Church in Somerville as well as with the Immigrant Service Unit of the City of Somerville. Sister Rita belongs to Pax Christi and participates in this peace movement with its agenda for non-violence and ongoing concern for and attention to immigrant issues.