Sister Rita PAPIN, VHM

June 20, 1915 - December 2, 2002

06/20/1915 - 12/02/2002

Past Services

Saturday December 07, 2002
9:00 am
Mt. de Chantal Chapel
410 Washington Avenue
Wheeling, WV 26003

Sister Rita Papin, V.H.M., a member of the Mount de Chantal community of Visitation Sisters, died Dec. 2, 2002, in Good Shepherd Hursing Home. She was 87. Sister Rita was born in New York City, June 20, 1915, the daughter of the late Henry and Carmen Scott Papin. A graduate of Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy, she received a B.A. from Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart in New York City and an M.A. from New York University. After teaching at the Friends Seminary in New York City, she entered the Visitation community at Mount de Chantal, where she made her profession of vows in August 1939. That same year she began her teaching career at Mount de Chantal in te fields of English, History ad Spanish. In 1969, Sister Rita was appointed directress of the academy a position she held until 1976. After her retirement from the Academy she served as archivist for the Visitation community at Mount de Chantal. In the wider community, she was a participant in the local Panel of American Women, an organizaton founded in 1956 to promote greater understanding of others by discussion of religious and ethnic problems. She also served as president of Wheeling’s Church Women United and was a member of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston Sisters’ Council Board and Religious Unity Commission. Sister Rita is survived by a sister, Frances Papin Simpson of Sarasota, FL; three nieces, a nephew, four great-nieces, four great-nephews, and a number of cousins. In August 1989, the 50th anniversary of the religious profession, the Mount de Chantal Alumnae Association and officials at Mount de Chantal announced the establishment of the Sister Rita Papin Scholarship Fund. To honor Sister Rita’s deep commitment to social justice this fund has been used to provide scholarships to Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy for minority and economically disadvantaged students. A memorial Mass will be celebrated in the Mount de Chantal chapel at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002 by Father Walter Buckius, S.J. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sister Rita Papin Scholarship Fund Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy, 410 Washington Ave., Wheelng, WV 26003. arrangements by Altmeyer Funeral Home, Wheeling.

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Sister Mary Berchmans
8 years ago

I always loved Sister Rita’s beutiful spirit of simplicity and her genune love of her Visitation vocation – also her love of tortellini!

Sister will be missed, but it is nice to think that she is now enjoying the rewards of a life lived in great fidelity. May she rest in peace.