Ten Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods are celebrating their 60th anniversaries as members of the order.
Among them is Sister Mary Rita Griffin, who served as a teacher at Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic School.
Griffin is a native of Washington, D.C. She currently serves as coordinator for the Shrine of Our Lady of Providence at St. Mary-of-the-Woods.
Griffin, the former Sister Mary Paula, entered the order July 22, 1954, from St. Ann, Washington, D.C. She professed perpetual vows Jan. 23, 1962.
She graduated from St. Mary-
of-the-Woods with a bachelor’s degree in education. She earned her master’s degree in general science from Virginia State University.
Her Indiana ministries include teaching at Our Lady of the Greenwood in 1957 and 1958 and teaching at St. Francis Xavier school in Vincennes from 1960 to 1964.
Griffin also ministered in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Illinois and Taiwan.
The Sisters of Providence includes nearly 350 women. The motherhouse at St. Mary-of-the-Woods is just northwest of downtown Terre Haute. More information about the Sisters of Providence and their ministries may be found at sistersofprovidence.org.