May Her Soul Rest In Peace
Sr. Maria Rhoda Reed, SC
Sr. Maria Rhoda Reed, SC (Catherine Reed) was born and raised in Brooklyn. She was the second youngest of 10 children. As many Brooklynites
of her day, she attended Bishop McDonnell High School, where the Sisters of Charity of New York were teaching. After
one year at St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn, she entered the Congregation and took the religious name of Maria Rhoda.
Sr. Rhoda’s ministry was education and she taught in seven parochial schools over 40 years. Her longest school / parish
association was with St. Mary’s (AKA the Immaculate Conception) in Yonkers. After teaching 4th and 5th grades at the
parish school for 15 years, Sr. Rhoda served as a pastoral assistant for the next 23 years. For the first 14 years of
that period, Sister also was the Coordinator of Religious Education; from 1993 to 2002, she also was Development
Director for St. Mary’s School. Sister’s mission was always to serve the poor. One way that she did this was to sponsor
walk-a-thons to raise money so that children could receive scholarships to attend St. Mary’s School. Even after her
“retirement” in 2002, Sr. Rhoda continued to visit St. Mary’s School, helping out where she could and speaking to the
children of all grades about St. Elizabeth Seton.
When Sr. Rhoda officially retired from active ministry in 2002 at age 83, the staff and parishioners of St. Mary’s
Parish and School gave Sr. Rhoda a big send-off and wrote:
Throughout the years Sr. Rhoda dedicated herself to serving St. Mary’s “above and beyond” in whatever capacity was
needed. She’s done so with graceful capability, humor, and enthusiasm. The parish has been fortunate to
have Sr. Maria Rhoda with us for the past thirty-eight years and it is with a collective grateful heart that we
offer Sister a huge and loving “THANK YOU.” We add our thanks to God for giving Sr. Rhoda to us for so long.|
Sister entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1937. She earned a BA in History.
MINISTRIES Bronx • Saints Peter & Paul, 1939-43 Manhattan • St. Stephen, 1943-45 Brooklyn • St. Paul, 1963-64 Queens • St. Gabriel, 1956-60 • St. Monica, 1960-63 Yonkers • St. Peter, 1945-56 • St. Mary’s, 1964-2002 - Teacher, 1964-79 - Pastoral Assistant & Coordinator of Religious Education, 1979-93 - Pastoral Assistant in the parish & Director of Development for the school.
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