Written on: May 6, 2020
Sister Anne Zita is in the process of writing the story of her very interesting life which began in St. Vincent’s Orphanage in Philadelphia. She began living with her adoptive parents first as a foster child at age three and then was adopted when she was 5. She met the Grey Nuns when attending summer camp run by the Grey Nuns at Melrose Academy before becoming a pupil at the grade school and the high school. Her early years in the congregation found her teaching in a variety of schools where Grey Nuns ministered, which was standard procedure for young sisters in those days. She especially enjoyed teaching in the fifth and sixth grades and, after earning a Master’s degree in Reading from St. Bonaventure University, she specialized in Reading and English. This degree also led her to work with Loyola Press as a reading and religion consultant for ten years and as a Reading Clinician and Associate Director of The Reading Connection for twenty years. Through this work, she learned about reading disabilities and was able to train other teachers to recognize them. A most interesting part of her journey came later in life, when she connected with her biological mother and family, a very happy reunion for her. Sister Zita, as she is known by her Grey Nun sisters, loves her life at Holy Redeemer Lafayette and loves singing with the Centennial Singers.
During these sixty years as a Grey Nun, I have received countless joys and blessings. Since retirement from full time ministry, I have been involved with helping to lead prayer services for our residents of Holy Redeemer Lafayette and providing rides to doctors’ appointments and shopping trips for our sisters who no longer drive. One special thing that has continually enriched my life is the gift of music. Whether during liturgical celebrations with the Medical Mission Sisters, or in quiet times, a song will always lift my spirits. I am a proud member of the Centennial Singers, led by an excellent director. We sing a variety of secular and sacred music to share with a variety of audiences twice a year.