CUMBERLAND – Mercy Sister Mary Concetta Monti, a retired teacher, principal and missionary, died Jan. 15 at Mount St. Rita Health Centre.
Baptized Mary Josephine Monti in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Enrico and Rosalia Monti. She entered the Sisters of Mercy on February 2, 1940 and professed her perpetual vows on August 16, 1945.
Sister Monti graduated from the former St. Francis Xavier Academy in 1938. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the former Catholic Teachers College, Providence and continued her education at Salve Regina College (now University) in Spanish, teacher supervision, and religious studies.
She began her teaching ministry at the former Tyler School, Providence, where she taught for 12 years. She was later assigned to the former St. Matthew School, Cranston, and St. Brendan School, Riverside. Her missionary ministry began in 1957 at St. Ignatius School, Belize, where she served as principal until 1966. Sister Monti returned to Rhode Island to teach at St. Mary Academy-Bay View, East Providence, after which she was assigned to teach at Mazapan School in Honduras. In 1969 she returned to St. Mary Academy-Bay View as a teacher and then again was assigned to St. Brendan School. In 1992 she began volunteering at the Genesis Center, Providence, where she served until 1996 when she began her ministry of prayer. Sister Monti spent 54 years serving in the ministry of education.
Sister Monti is survived by nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Catherine Venditti, Michael, Concetta and Gaetano Monti.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, January 18 at Mount St. Rita Chapel, Cumberland. Burial was in Resurrection Cemetery, Cumberland.