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Bon Secours sisters honored

Two Baltimore natives, Sister Mary Gemma Neville and Sister Rita Thomas each celebrated 50 years as sisters of Bon Secours last weekend at the order's U.S. provincial headquarters in Marriottsville.

Sister Mary is the director of pastoral care and clinical pastoral education at St. Francis Xavier in Charleston, S.C., where she also serves as a member of the board of directors.

After graduating from the Bon Secours Hospital School of Nursing in Baltimore, Sister Mary served in nursing positions in Darby and Philadelphia, Methuen, Mass., and Richmond, Va.

She developed clinical pastoral education programs at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago and St. Francis Xavier.

Sister Rita is the vice president for mission and president of the board of directors at Maryview Hospital, Portsmouth, Va.

Sister Rita, a graduate of Bon Secours Nursing School, began her nursing ministry in Darby, Pa., and later worked in obstetrics and nursing administration in Grosse Pointe, Mich., Methuen, Mass., and Richmond, Va.

From 1973 to 1979, Sister Rita served the Sisters of Bon Secours as provincial supervisor.


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