As it happened both boys died of some epidemic shortly after their father and Rita was left entirely alone. After some time and in spite of great opposition from the authorities she was allowed to join the Augustinian Convent of nuns in Cascia where she lived for the remaining forty years of her life. She was renowned as a woman of prayer and a fearless peacemaker among the feuding factions in the local village.
St Rita was devoted to the Passion of Our Lord and pious tradition asserts that through her prayer, roses bloomed in the garden of her dome during winter. Hence the roses on our Parish banner and school emblem.
St Rita was chosen as patron saint of our parish because she was a courageous woman of great faith, - wife, mother, widow, bereaved of her children, nun, peacemaker - a saint for our times, a perennial example of the validity of Christian faith, hope and love.
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