CANFIELD - Sister Therese Ann Rich, OSU died on Ash Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at Windsor House in Canfield. She was 73. Therese Rich was born on June 26, 1948 in Conneaut, the daughter of Jay and Catherine White Rich. She entered the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown on September 12, 1966 and professed perpetual vows in 1975.
Sister Therese Ann in was educated at St. Mary School in Conneaut and graduated from St. John High School in Ashtabula in 1966. She earned a BS in Education from Youngstown State University in 1973 and an MA in Religious Studies from John Carroll University in 1985. In addition, she did post-graduate work in Pastoral Studies at Loyola University of New Orleans.
In 51 years of active ministry, Sister Therese Ann held a variety of roles. She taught at Sacred Heart, Youngstown, St. Rose, Girard, St. Joseph, Austintown, St. Luke, Boardman, and Ursuline High School. She served as Director of Religious Education at St. Charles and at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Aurora where she also served as Pastoral Minister. She served as a member of the Leadership Team for two terms with the Ursuline Sisters, 1996-2008. In addition, she served as Director of the Ursuline Center. Since 2006 she has worked at St. Edward Parish as Pastoral Minister.
She served the larger diocesan church as a member of the Diocesan Liturgy Commission and the Diocesan Pastoral Council. For many years she was involved in the Ursuline Sisters Prison Ministry.
One of the talents she acquired for ministry in recent years was expertise in social media. She used that talent to connect with “friends” near and far for the parishes in which she worked and for the Ursuline Sisters and Ursuline Sisters Mission.
Sister Therese Ann leaves her Sisters in Community, a brother, Paul (Joanne) Rich of Cleveland and a sister, Cathy (Randy) Loomis of Conneaut and a nephew, Jason Loomis, nieces Dawn (Chris).Simons and their son Jacob; and Desiree (Jason) Perry and their daughter Audrey. Her parents preceded her in death.
Friends may call at the Ursuline Motherhouse, 4250 Shields Rd, Canfield on Sunday March 6 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Charles Church, Boardman on Monday March 7 at 11:00 am. Friends may call at the church before the funeral beginning at 10:00 am. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial donations can be made to the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown.
Arrangements by The McCauley Funeral Home privileged to serve the valley for more than 120 years.
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