When Sister Rita Faust, SDS departed St. Nazianz, Wis. in 2015, she left behind a community she loved and ministries that fulfilled her long past typical retirement age. She moved to St. Nazianz in 1997 after retiring from full-time ministry, and before long was volunteering with Meals on Wheels and at St. Gregory Church and parish school.
Sr. Rita acquired her work ethic as sixth of 14 children raised on a farm in Elkhart Lake, Wis. She attended high school at Sisters of the Divine Savior convent, and earned a degree from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee. Sr. Rita taught first through eighth grades. For many years at schools in Bloomer and Rothschild, Wis., and Huntsville, Ala., she served as principal while also teaching. In 1973 she shifted to parish religious education, including sacrament preparation.
In 1983 Sr. Rita moved to Sisseton, S.D., where she served as director of pastoral care in a nursing home and visited elders in the community. She came well prepared to coordinate care for elder Salvatorian Sisters upon returning to Milwaukee in 1991. Now at age 91, Sr. Rita is an elder, but since moving to Portage, Wis. last summer, she’s already found new ways to continue serving in our Savior’s name.