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Sister Zita Kessler

We commend to your charity the soul of our beloved
Sister Zita Kessler
Who departed this life on November 28, 2020
In the sixty-sixth year of her religious life
Age: 82 years, 3 months, 7 days

Due to Covid restrictions there will be no funeral. Burial will be private. A memorial liturgy will be held at a later time.

A prayer service will be held for Sister Zita Kessler on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 6:00 pm. You can CLICK HERE to view the service at that time.

Our beloved Sister Zita Kessler died after a lifetime of “trusting implicitly in the mercy of Providence.” 

Mary Catherine Kessler was one of eight children of Joseph and Rose Kraus Kessler. She was taught by the Sisters of Divine Providence in elementary school at St. Mary’s Glenshaw and high school at St. Mary’s in Sharpsburg. She entered the Community during her junior year. 

Sister Zita summed up her early years with the Sisters in these words, “I always loved the Sisters. Any time when my mother and father could not find me, I was at the convent. I had such love for religious life and I wanted to be a nun. When I went to my mother and father, they were absolutely thrilled!”

Throughout her religious life, Sr. Zita moved from one ministry to the next with graciousness and a quiet spirit.   Her ministries were many, and she loved each of them deeply.    

Who will ever forget the duo team of Zita and Grace Jones in their service and care for the elderly Sisters at Providence Heights? Or her service at the Bishop’s house? Or her management of St. Ambrose Manor in partnership with Sister Genevieve Brandstetter and then Sister Carol Kampert?

Toward the end of her active ministry, Sister Zita received the Mother Marie award while serving as receptionist at La Roche University for five years. This award honored her as one who best exemplified the spirit and virtues of our Mother Marie de la Roche.  

The following quote best describes how Sister Zita lived her years of religious life: “In every phase of my life, I have found the presence of God. Our daily liturgies and praying the hours together have been prayerful community experiences. Though extended time for prayer is circumscribed by my duties, I find God in both Word and Sacrament, as well as in the people I deal with daily. It is enough to know that God has been so good to me in the past that I trust implicitly in that merciful Providence for the rest of my life.”

Sister Zita died as she lived, moving quietly and graciously into the arms of God.

Birthday: August 22
Sr. Carolyn Winschel, classmate and friend

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