UNIONTOWN, PA. - Early in the morning of Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, Sister Rita (Florence) Keshock fell asleep in the Lord at Mt. Macrina Manor. While the community was praying Matins on Sunday, commemorating the Resurrection, she surely met her Risen Lord with joy and gladness.

Sister Rita, the daughter of the late Michael and Sophia (Backus) Keshock, was born in Campbell. She entered the Sisters of St. Basil the Great from St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church in Youngstown on June 12, 1947, and made her final profession of vows on Aug. 28, 1953.

Sister Rita spent half of her religious life in the ministry of education, for which she was well prepared, having earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education. The remainder of her years in ministry were spent in the world of art as a painter, a calligrapher, a crafter and an etcher. She became known for her ornate eggs etched with icons which were exhibited throughout the country.

Sister Rita was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Mary Louise and Alice (Kuzmack); and her brother, Edward.

She is survived by her brothers, John (Katherine), Robert (Kathryn) and Charles (Joann); her sister-in-law, Mary Jo; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends will be received at the Monastery Chapel in Uniontown on Friday, Nov. 24, from 3:30 to the time of the Parastas Service which will be sung at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 25, at 10:30 a.m. in the Monastery Chapel by Archbishop William C. Skurla.

Interment will follow in the Dormition Section of Mount Macrina Cemetery.

Eternal Memory!

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Teachings of Christ

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’" (Matthew 7:21-23 ESV)

Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)

Rather grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humility, patience, and love. (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not condemn my brother; for You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

Random Proverb

"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom." (Proverbs 11:2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Demons often transform themselves into angels of light and take the form of martyrs, and make it appear to us during sleep that we are in communication with them. Then, when we wake up, they plunge us into unholy joy and conceit. But you can detect their deceit by this very fact. For angles reveal torments, judgments and separations; and when we wake up we find that we are trembling and sad. As soon as we begin to believe the demons in dreams, then they make sport of us when we are awake too. He who believes in dreams is completely inexperienced. 'But he who distrusts all dreams is a wise man. Only believe dreams that warn you of torments and judgments. But if despair afflicts you, then such dreams are also from demons.

St. John Climacus, The Ladder of Divine Ascent