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Sr. Rita Rodriguez

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Sr. Rita of the Precious Blood Rodriguez, SSCJ, was born on December 4, 1913 in Piedras Negras, Mexico and she died peacefully on February 4, 2014. She was named Melecia Rodriguez by her parents, Manuel and Cayetana Flores Rodriguez. Sr. Rita was the 2nd of 10 children. She is survived by two siblings, Sr. Nicholas Marie Rodriguez and Roque Rodriguez, numerous other relatives, including niece and nephews, and by her niece, Sr. Cecilia Rodriguez, SSCJ and her Sisters in community, the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She came to the United States in 1923 to Houston, Texas and the Rodriguez family began a long history as parishioners of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, staffed by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Sr. Rita came to San Antonio to join the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1935. She made her first Profession of Vows on July 25, 1937 and her Final Profession of Vows on July 25, 1942. Sister Rita has served the Lord primarily in the ministry of domestic service in her Religious Community, at the Junior Seminary and College of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, and at Mount Sacred Heart Schools in San Antonio. Additionally, other assignments took her to St. Mary's Church in San Antonio, Texas, to Mission, Texas, and to Houston and Del Rio, Texas. Sr. Rita willingly accepted challenges and calls in order to live the mission entrusted to the Congregation becoming a Eucharistic Minister in 1995 and becoming quite versatile in various forms of domestic service. Sister spoke three languages: Spanish, English, and French. She had the privilege of visiting the Motherhouse of the Congregation in France in 1975. In May 2012, Sister Rita celebrated her 75th Anniversary of Religious Profession and celebrated her 100th Birthday on December 7, 2013 at Our Lady of the Lake Assumption Chapel and McCullugh Hall, where she lived her retirement years. The Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus thank God for her long and fruitful life. God's love manifested in the Heart of Christ remained the hidden treasure in her sunset years giving meaning to life in the blessings of aging gracefully and passing on a legacy of consecrated life. A Wake Service will be held at The Angelus Funeral Home on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Rev. Charles Banks, OMI, will celebrate the Mass of the Resurrection on Friday, February 7, 2014 at the Church of the Holy Spirit, San Antonio, Texas at 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow at the Cemetery of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Memorials may be made to the Heart to Heart Fund to support the Mission and Ministry of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 11931 Radium St., San Antonio, Texas 78216.
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Published in Express-News on Feb. 6, 2014
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