Who is Sister Rita and why did she choose to dedicate her life to God as a Felician Sister?
One of seven children of James and the late Barbara Vondra, Susan Vondra entered the Felician community in Livonia, MI, on August 24, 2003, after a variety of work experiences. She said she just felt God calling her to give more of herself. Susan was admitted to the novitiate on August 14, 2004, and professed first vows on August 15, 2006. S Rita is a teacher at the Montessori Center of Our Lady in Livonia, loves the little kids, and would like to continue there.
S Rita Marie Vondra professed her perpetual vows as a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Felix of Cantalice on Saturday, August 10, in Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Convent Chapel in Livonia, MI.
In Msgr. McClory’s homily he said: “The first reality is Jesus has chosen us. . . It’s Jesus who initiates. We
are the object of His love. He is so madly in love with us, He would do anything for us.”
“You, Rita, have continued to respond to this invitation.” He told attendees, “To see her come to this day is a great joy.” He continued, “Giving one’s life in consecrated service is a gift to all of us. This consecration doesn’t just change the person, it changes all of us.”
S Rita accepted the symbols of profession: the simple ring with the inscription “My God and My all,” a sign of her betrothal to her eternal King, and a candle, a symbol of her total commitment to Christ and a witness to others.