Sister Ricarda Vincent, SSJ, is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Strong Vincent High School in1949 and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1952 from her home parish, St. Andrew’s, in Erie. She made her final profession in 1958. Sister Ricarda earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Villa Maria College in Erie and a master’s degree in Human Services from John Carroll University, Cleveland., Ohio. She taught at the former St. Joseph Home for Children and St. John the Baptist School in Erie. In addition, she taught at Blessed Sacrament and St. Patrick Schools in Erie and at St. Brigid School, Meadville, PA. She was the director of religious education at Holy Rosary Parish in Erie and served as the school’s principal. She served her congregation in various capacities, including social justice coordinator, counselor, novice director, and president. She became the first Vice-President of Mission Integration at Saint Vincent Health Center in 2008. Sister Ricarda served as a counselor at Sacred Heart School and pastoral minister and Director of Religious Education at Sacred Heart Parish in Erie. Until her recent retirement, she was Adult Formation Director at Sacred Heart parish for ten years.