Even years after leaving Bethlehem, Ritz said she still has a spot in her heart for St. Thomas, and sends a copy of each of her books to the school's library.
"It's fun to still have that connection with St. Thomas," she said. "I figured as long as I was going to be here I would call Sister Frederick and see if St. Thomas was interested."
Sister Mary Fredrick, who was principal at St. Thomas while Ritz was enrolled, was on hand for the visit.
"I'm grateful that Karen always sends us autographed copes of her books," said Fredrick. "I'm very pleased that we've been able to maintain our friendship over the years."
Ritz's Web site at www.karenritz.net has more information on her work. She also has a line of greeting cards, at www.karenritzcards.com.""