In memory of Sister Therese Ann Rich

Our Sister, Therese Ann Rich, died on Ash Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at Windsor House in Canfield. She was 73.

Sister Therese Ann was born on June 26, 1948, in Conneaut, the daughter of Jay and Catherine White Rich. She entered the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown on Sept. 12, 1966, and professed perpetual vows in 1975.

Sister Therese Ann was educated at St. Mary School in Conneaut and graduated from St. John High School in Ashtabula in 1966. She earned a B.S. in education from Youngstown State University in 1973 and an M.A. in religious studies from John Carroll University in 1985. In addition, she did post-graduate work in pastoral studies at Loyola University of New Orleans.

In 51 years of active ministry, Sister Therese Ann held a variety of roles. She taught at Sacred Heart, Youngstown, St. Rose, Girard, St. Joseph, Austintown, St. Luke, Boardman, and Ursuline High School. She served as director of Religious Education at St. Charles and at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Aurora, where she also served as pastoral minister.

She served as a member of the leadership team for two terms with the Ursuline Sisters, 1996 to 2008. In addition, she served as director of the Ursuline Center. Since 2006, she has worked at St. Edward Parish as pastoral minister. She also was active with the Ursuline Sisters Young Adult Outreach Ministry.

She served the larger diocesan church as a member of the Diocesan Liturgy Commission and the Diocesan Pastoral Council. For many years, she was involved in the Ursuline Sisters Prison Ministry.

One of the talents she acquired for ministry in recent years was expertise in social media. She established our online ministry across several platforms and used her talent to connect with “friends” near and far for the parishes in which she worked and for the Ursuline Sisters and Ursuline Sisters Mission.

Sister Therese Ann leaves her Sisters in Community; a brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Joanne Rich of Cleveland; and a sister and brother-in-law, Cathy and Randy Loomis of Conneaut, and her nieces and nephews. Her parents preceded her in death.

Friends may call at the Ursuline Motherhouse, 4250 Shields Road, Canfield, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, 2022. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Charles Church, Boardman, at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 7, 2022. Friends may call at the church, before the funeral, beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Due to COVID-19, masks are required and please maintain social distancing. Thank you.

Memorial donations can be made to the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown.

Arrangements by The McCauley Funeral Home, privileged to serve the Valley for more than 120 years. Thoughts and condolences can be shared at