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Founder of Diocesan Office of Black Catholic Ministry dies at age 75

Founder of Diocesan Office of Black Catholic Ministry dies at age 75

Sister Rita Washington, SFCC July 1, 1943 – August 13, 2018

Sister Rita Washington, a native of Mobile, Alabama, and a resident of Montgomery, Alabama, died at a local hospital in Montgomery on Monday, Aug. 13. Sister Rita served in the Diocese of Birmingham at St. Martin de Porres Church and School in Gadsden for three years and in Birmingham as the founder and Diocesan Director of the Office of Black Catholic Ministry for eight years. 

While in Birmingham she served as a member of Bishop Joseph Vath’s Pastoral Planning Team, a member of the diocesan Sisters’ Council, vice-president and board member of the National Black Sisters Conference, board member for the National Association of Black Catholic Administrators, secretary of the board of the National Black Catholic Congress Office, and a member of the Jefferson County AIDS Commission.  

She was born on July 1, 1943 and is the fourth child of the late Oliver Washington, Jr. and Cleo Dais Washington.  She has four siblings, Reginald, Oliver, Vivian and Feron, and a large extended family of nieces and nephews. She is a member of the religious order, Sisters for Christian Community and former member of the Oblate Sisters of Providence. She entered the Oblates of Providence on Sept. 8, 1961.

Most recent, Sister Rita served as the Director of Religious Education at Resurrection Church in Montgomery and as a part-time pastoral care provider at a local nursing and assisted living facility in Deatsville. She served as a member of the Resurrection Catholic Mission staff for twenty-seven years. During her years at Resurrection Church, Sister Rita has also served as pastoral Associate, principal and teacher.

Funeral service will be Friday, Aug. 17 at Resurrection Catholic Church in Montgomery, with visitation from 10–11 a.m. and the Mass of Resurrection at 11 a.m.  Her body will be taken to Mobile for a service on Saturday, Aug.18, with visitation from 10–11 a.m. and the Mass of Resurrection at 11 a.m. at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church (Maysville) in Mobile. Burial will be in Casher Cemetery, Mobile.  

A Memorial Service will be held at Our Lady Queen of the Universe Catholic Church in Birmingham on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m.

Posted by One Voice on August 15 2018 in Latest Newsin Obituaries

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