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R.I.P Sr. M. Joan Rita Anne, O.Carm.

Sister Helena - Thursday, July 15, 2021


Sister M. Joan Rita Anne O.Carm. passed away peacefully on July 15, 2021 in the I.C.U. at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Boston where she had been admitted on July 12 th.  Sr. Joan went home to the Lord in the 54th year of her religious life. 

Joan Rita Jennings entered the world in Amesbury, MA on February 14, 1934, the ninth of ten children born to Remsen and Robena (nee Seavey) Jennings.Sr. Joan is survived by her sister, Mary Bettencourt, and several nieces and nephews. Having entered the Congregation on September 8, 1967, Sr. Joan professed first vows on April 6, 1970, and made her final profession of vows on April 2, 1977. She served the Lord faithfully in each of the three missions she was assigned to during her years as a Carmelite Sister: Ferncliff Residence, Rhinebeck, NY (1970-1982); Mt. Carmel Nursing Home, Manchester NH (1982-1997),and Marian Manor, So. Boston, MA (1997-2021). In past years, Sr. Joan was appointed to positions in admissions and social service among others, and in more recent years served in Pastoral Care, including as Sacristan and Eucharistic Minister. She loved and was most faithful to Eucharistic Adoration, and having been at Marian Manor for twenty-four years she knew all the Priests, staff and family members.

A prayerful, quiet and gentle religious who patiently carried the cross of illness for many years, Sr. M. Joan Rita Anne gave of herself to the care of the aged and infirm in spite of physical limitations. As we suffer the loss of another of our Sisters, may our hearts be consoled in recalling all the good that Sr. Joan did while she was with us. We trust that her “home-coming” is filled with perfect peace and endless joy!


Monday, July 19, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

St. Monica Church

331 Old Colony Avenue

So. Boston, MA 02127

Viewing prior to Mass from 9:00 am to 10:30 am


Monday, July 19, 2021 at 3:30 p.m.

Queen of Carmel Cemetery

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse

600 Woods Road

Germantown, NY 12526


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