Remembering Sr. Rita Bailey

Sr. Rita Bailey peacefully left us for paradise on the afternoon of December 31st, 2022. She passed away at the Provincial House in San Antonio, TX surrounded by her Sisters. She was the fifth of seven children, and a native of San Francisco, CA.

Sr. Rita served and lived the charism dynamically ministering to young people as teacher, youth minister, catechist, counselor, and Director of Guidance.  She worked in Atlantic City, Paterson, NJ, New York City, Port Chester, NY, San Francisco, Lomita, Corralitos, CA, Marrero, Louisiana, and San Antonio, TX.

Sr. Rita is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and her religious community, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters) and many, loving friends. She has joined her parents, John Frank Bailey and Hannah Marie Kelleher along with her two brothers and four sisters in everlasting happiness.

The Rosary and Eucharistic Celebration will be live-streamed on the Province Facebook page: Salesian Sisters West.  The rosary will take place on Wednesday evening, January 4th at 7:00 P.M. (CST). The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, January 5th

Donations may be given in memory of Sr. Rita to support  vocations to the community, so dear to the heart of Sr. Rita.

Donate online at or mail in your offering to the Salesian Sisters at 6019 Buena Vista St., San Antonio, TX 78237

Sr. Rita’s body will be brought to San Francisco, CA for a funeral Mass and interment at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, CA. These service arrangements are pending at this time.

Sr. Rita With Postulants

Sr. Rita on St. Pat's

Sr. Rita With Bishop

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