In Memoriam: Sister Rita Meaney, SC

Sister Rita considered it a privilege to have the opportunity to serve children and families in need…

Sr. Rita Meaney

Sister Rita Meaney (Sister Maureen Catherine) was born in Bronx, NY, on October 7, 1924, one of three daughters and three sons of Patrick and Katherine Keating Meaney. Rita attended Saint Augustine School, Bronx, and Cathedral High School before entering the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1944. Sister Catherine received her BS in Business Administration from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and an MSW in Social Work from Fordham University. She later earned permanent NYS certification in Nursing Home Administration and Social Work.

Sister Rita began her ministry as an elementary teacher at Saint Joseph Academy and Saint John the Evangelist, both in Manhattan. In 1951 she began her life-long association with the field of child care when she went to Saint Agatha Home in Nanuet. Over her fifteen years there she filled many roles. In 1966 she was assigned to Saint Joseph Hall in Brooklyn. For the next thirty years, as Administrator, and through its transition to Saint Joseph Services for Children and Families, Sister Rita provided the leadership and programs needed as methods and philosophy of child care changed throughout the country. To this time of risk and radical change, she brought the same care, dedication and sense of service she brought to all her work. Sister Rita considered it a privilege to have the opportunity to serve children and families in need, and a source of pride to do it as a member of a Congregation committed to this service since its foundation. After leaving Saint Joseph Services, Sister Rita volunteered in the adoption department of the New York Foundling for several years.

Sister Rita dedicated sixty-three years of ministry to child care and child services and to families who loved and supported children in need. We rejoice with her now as she enters into the joy of her God and is greeted by those loving words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Be at peace, Sister Rita.

From left: Bishop Frances Mugavero of Brooklyn, Gov. Hugh Carey, Sr. Rita Meaney, Brooklyn Borough President Howard Golden, and Carmine Magazine, Associate Dir. of St. Joseph Services for Children and Families.

From left: Bishop Frances Mugavero of Brooklyn, Gov. Hugh Carey, Sr. Rita Meaney, Brooklyn Borough President Howard Golden, and Carmine Magazine, Associate Dir. of St. Joseph Services for Children and Families.



Date of Death
October 20, 2017


Mount Saint Vincent Convent Assembly Room
6301 Riverdale Avenue, Bronx, NY 10471

Sunday, October 22, 2–6:30 pm
Prayer Vigil at 4:30 pm

Mass of Christian Burial
Chapel of the Immaculate Conception
Mount Saint Vincent
6301 Riverdale Avenue, Bronx, NY 10471
Monday, October 23, 11 am

Saint Raymond Cemetery
Bronx, NY



Archdiocese of New York

  • St. Joseph Academy, Manhattan
    1946–47, Teacher, Gr. 3
  • St. John the Evangelist, Manhattan
    1947–51, Teacher, Gr. 4
  • St. Agatha Home, Nanuet
    1951–62, Child Care Worker
    1964–66, Dir. of Group Living, Asst. Adm.
  • NY Foundling, Manhattan
    1996–2012, Vol./Adoption Dept.

Diocese of Brooklyn

  • St. Joseph Hall, Brooklyn
    1966–85, Administrator
  • St. Joseph Services for Children and Families
    1985–95, Executive Director

14 Responses to In Memoriam: Sister Rita Meaney, SC

  1. Mary Calderon October 20, 2017 at 6:19 pm #

    I was a Home Kid at St. Agatha’s in Nanuet from 1947 through 1953. I do not remember Sister Meaney however, I send my deepest sympathy and condolences to her family. May she rest in peace.

  2. Nancy McDonald October 20, 2017 at 8:21 pm #

    May the angels welcome you home, Sister Rita.

  3. Mary Feuge-Moll October 21, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

    I don’t remember Sr. Rita Meaney but I was one of those children of St. Joseph’s Hall from about 1967 – 1970 and I have fond memories…

  4. Jean Meaney Wheatly October 21, 2017 at 10:12 pm #

    She was a wonderful kind lady. A true Christian. She always endeavored to see the positive in all people. I never heard her say an unkind word about anyone.
    I know Heaven is rejoicing to have her home!

    • Marie Lopez October 26, 2017 at 8:36 pm #

      I must agree with you 100%, she was one of the best nuns at St Joseph’s. I lived with Sr Rita at a Group Home on Linden Blvd, She will be truly missed. May God Rest her Soul.

  5. Kathy Carroll October 22, 2017 at 12:10 am #

    I remember Sister Rita. She is at peace and with the Lord. I was at St. Joseph’s Hall around 1966 til it closed.

  6. Nidia Santos October 22, 2017 at 7:18 am #

    She was my group mother when I went to St. Agatha’s as a child. May she Rest In Peace

  7. Rita Tortorelli October 22, 2017 at 8:02 am #

    I was at St. Joseph’s Hall from 1956 through 1967. I remember Sister Rita Meaney, and unlike her name, she was very nice. 🙂 RIP

  8. Brother Thomas Trager, S.M. October 22, 2017 at 2:52 pm #

    For many years, Sr. Rita and I were Executive Directors for St. Joseph’s Children Services and St. John’s Residence for Boys, respectively. She was joy to work with and a wonderful blessing to all she served so well. To her final days, she evidenced a spirit of faith and courage, hall marks of her life as a Sister of Charity

  9. Kay and Cathy Mensching October 22, 2017 at 2:55 pm #

    May the Good Lord greet you at his heavenly gates and wrap his arms around you, and thank you for all the good works for the children in your life time

  10. Linda Potyrala October 22, 2017 at 3:35 pm #

    God Bless You, Sister Rita. I volunteered for one year as an MVSC Volunteer at St. Joseph’s Children’s Services in Brooklyn Hts, under the stellar direction of Sister Rita in the late 1980’s. It was one of my most memorable years and one that served as a trajectory –to a lifelong preferential approach to the serving the poor. As I’ve not followed the SC’s since moving back to Ohio in 1989, I believe it is with Sister Rita’s strong “Irish will” that inspired me to wander around the web today until I found this announcement today (10/22/17 3:33 pm). Thank You Sister, you will always be in my prayers. Please keep me in yours. +

  11. Barbara Tryboski October 23, 2017 at 3:11 am #

    I remember her well she helped me through a lot of hard times..I Loved her dearly. …Rest In Peace Sister, Mother and Friend

  12. Rosemary Abell aka Beyers October 27, 2017 at 2:28 pm #

    I knew Rita Meaney as Sister Maureen Catherine. She was my group mother through High School. I graduated from Nanuet High 1962
    I was at St. Agatha’s from kindergarten on. I had several nuns that influence my life and love them dearly. She was definitely one of them along with Sr. Joanne Ward. We have kept in touch all these years. I made collage cards to send her that would say Happy Birthday Sr. Rita AKA Sr. Maureen Catherine it took me years to stop that.
    I have friends who had hard upbringings and tell me I was lucky. I know that big time.
    Sr. Rita was funny, kind, and forgiving of teenage behavior. The perfect person to help me get focused on life and it’s possibilities. She will be in my heart forever.

  13. Rosemarie Moody November 11, 2017 at 10:00 pm #

    I am just now finding out that Sr. Rita is no longer with us. That she has been called to heaven among the angels to her father’s house. For Sr. Rita was truly a saint! She did so much for so many! She truly lived a Christian Life in everyway. She is loved forever and will be sorely missed. Rest in peace my Dearest Group Mother. I’ll always love and remember you! And I look forward to meeting you again some day

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