In Memorial

Sister Clarita McGarity, OSB

Date passed: June 4, 1988

“She opens her mouth in wisdom, And on her tongue is kindly counsel.”

Get to know Sister Clarita McGarity, OSB

Birthday: May 3

Born in Meriden, Kansas, she entered religious life at Mount SL Scholastica Convent, Atchison, Kansas, made religious profession, January I, 1929 and celebrated her golden anniversary, August 14, 1979. Alter a few years of teaching; she was appointed assistant formation directress and later novice mistress, a position in which she served some twenty years.

In 1963, Sister Clarita joined the chartered members who formed Benet Hill Monastery, daughter-house of Mount St. Scholastica, and was appointed the first sub-prioress.

Sister Clarita’s giftedness blessed Benet Hill Community in administration, formation and liturgy. In her ministry she served on Benet Hill Academy faculty as a Latin scholar and religion teacher, as librarian at John Neumann School, Pueblo, as director of retreats at Benet Pines, and as co-director of the oblate program. Her retirement ministry in the respite program enabled her to companion the elderly by praying with them, by reading to the blind and by listening and conversing with them.

Sister Clarita’s exuberance for life, love of prayer and supportive presence will long linger in our memories. May she enjoy eternal peace!

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