Franciscan International at the UN

Sr. Mary Theresa Plante, fmm Advocates Against Mining Exploitation at UN Conference on Social Development

 

A descendant of the Chippewa, a Native North American Indian people, Sister Mary Theresa Plante, FMM of the FI-New York advocacy team makes a point forcefully (Photo) during her presentation on the panel, “Social Inclusion in Mining Practices: Free, Prior and Informed Consent.” Mary Theresa reminded the audience that, “For the indigenous, land is not a marketable commodity. The loss and destruction of land through mining may mean that the entire culture is threatened in the past, the present and the future.”.

Stressing the wisdom of the Native American, Mary Theresa invoked this prophecy of the Cree Indigenous People:

“When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover that you cannot eat money.”

The panel was a side event held on 08 February during the UN Commission for Social Development, whose theme this year is social integration. The event highlighted the negative impacts of mining companies on locally affected communities as well as the attempts by governments to implement extractive industry regulations.

The Mining Working Group of the NGO Committee on the UN International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples has developed this panel and three others on the mining topic to be held, appropriately nuanced to capture each Commission theme, in each of the four major UN Commissions this year: UN Commission for Social Development, UN Commission for the Advancement of Women, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and UN Commission for Sustainable Development. Sister Kathie Uhler, OSF of the FI-NY advocacy team, a member of the working group, reports that this is possibly the first time a side event will illustrate the cross-cutting character of UN Commission themes.

FMM Communities in the USA

FMM in the USA 

PROVINCIAL OFFICE

Provincial: Noreen Murray, fmm

E-mail: nmfmm@aol.com

3305 Wallace Ave.
Bronx, NY 10467-6599

 

Phone: (718)547-4693
Cellphone: (845)323-8184 

Secretary

Phone: (718)547-4604
Phone: (718)547-4605
Fax: (718)547-4607

Treasurer

Phone: (718) 547-4605
Fax: (718)547-4607
E-mail: fmmfin@aol.com

Texas

Illinois

Mary, Mother of Migrants

8124 Edgemere Blvd.

El Paso, TX 79925-3838
Phone: (915)843-2012
 

St. Pius X

4311 South Grove Avenue
Stickney, IL 60402
Phone:(708) 317-5075
 

Massachusetts

 

Our Lady of Hope

284 Foster St.
Brighton, MA 02135
Phone 1: (617)787-1505
 
 

 

 

 

 

New York

Myriam Community

3305 Wallace Ave
Bronx, NY 10467-6599
Phone 1: (718)547-4604
Phone 2: (718)-547-4605
Fax: (718)547-4607

Holy Name of Jesus

204 West 97th St., NY 10025-5620
Phone : (212)678-6922
 

Our Lady of Millbrook

Box K, Millbrook, NY 12545
Phone 1: (845)677-6739
Phone 2: (845)677-9520
 

St. Francis

100 Port Washington Blvd.
Roslyn, NY 11576-1353
Phone 1: (516) 562-6732
Phone 2: (516) 562-6733
 

Rhode Island

Our Lady of Lourdes

385 Fruit Hill Ave.
N. Providence, RI 02911-2842
Phone: (401)353-6381

De Chappotin House

399 Fruit Hill Ave.
N. Providence, RI 02911-2842
Phone: (401)353-9412

Holy Family Community

399 Fruit Hill Ave.
N. Providence, RI 02911-2842
Phone: (401)353-5800

Ein Karim Community

318 Mendon Rd.
N. Smithfield, RI 02896-6922
Phone: (401)766-8242

Trinity Community

399 Fruit Hill Ave.
N. Providence, RI 02911-2842
Phone: (401)353-5800

FMM Rest and Relaxation

195 Earle Drive
Wickford, RI 02852
Phone: (401)295-2305

Queen of Peace Community

399 Fruit Hill Ave.
N. Providence, RI 02911-2842
Phone: (401)353-5800

 

 

 

Sr. Helen Anna Klumpp, fmm

Sr. Helen Anna Klumpp, fmm

Sr. Helen Anna Klumpp entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary June 12, 1935 at North Providence, RI. After pronouncing her first vows, Dec. 15, 1937, her first mission sending was to St. Francis Sanatorium, Roslyn now called St. Francis Hospital. There she received tutoring on setting up and running a laboratory. These were the early challenging years of the hospital. She also worked as a practical nurse.

She pronounced her final vows, Dec. 15, 1940 at Roslyn, NY and she remained in mission there until 1959. Her various ministries have been as a sacristan, receptionist, Liturgist, Religious Educator, and life guard. Her present ministry is that of prayer for the Church and the world.

 

Sr. Helen Anna Klumpp, fmm

Sr. Helen Anna Klumpp entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary June 12, 1935 at North Providence, RI. After pronouncing her first vows, Dec. 15, 1937, her first mission sending was to St. Francis Sanatorium, Roslyn now called St. Francis Hospital. There she received tutoring on setting up and running a laboratory. These were the early challenging years of the hospital. She also worked as a practical nurse.

She pronounced her final vows, Dec. 15, 1940 at Roslyn, NY and she remained in mission there until 1959. Her various ministries have been as a sacristan, receptionist, Liturgist, Religious Educator, and life guard. Her present ministry is that of prayer for the Church and the world.

In 1937 Helen’s first mission sending was to St. Francis Sanatorium, Roslyn, now called St. Francis Hospital, where she received tutoring on setting up and running a laboratory. These were the early challenging years of the hospital. She also worked as a practical nurse. Sr. Helen remained in this mission until 1959 when she was sent to O.L. of the Eucharist in Brighton. Here she served as receptionist, was involved in the Third Order of St. Francis, and used her musical talents in the liturgy. She related well with young people and was able to reach out to them during the turbulent 70s. During the summer season Helen was the lifeguard at Grace Haven, the province vacation house, utilizing her skill in swimming like the proverbial fish. She also entertained her community by dancing the Charleston.

In 1975 Helen was sent in mission to St. Francis Community, San Francisco, serving again as receptionist. From 1978 to 1982 she did pastoral work with the Navajo people at St. Michael’s, Arizona. Sent again to O.L. of the Eucharist she taught CCD, was the sacristan and involved in the Charismatic movement, relating once again with young persons.

From 1989 to 1992 she worked in the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Skilled Nursing Center and was a member of St. Michael’s Community.

She spent the year from 1992 to 1993 doing pastoral ministry in Tampa, Florida. Her next mission sending was to Trinity Community in Providence, RI where she worked part time in the Fruit Hill Day Program for Elderly until 1998.

This year, Sr. Helen celebrated her 100th birthday announcing that she “still had all of her marbles and could read without glasses.” She continues her ministry of prayer for the Church and the needs of the world.

Sr. Helen Anna Klumpp, fmm

Sr. Helen Anna Klumpp, fmm

Sr. Helen Anna Klumpp entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary June 12, 1935 at North Providence, RI. After pronouncing her first vows, Dec. 15, 1937, her first mission sending was to St. Francis Sanatorium, Roslyn now called St. Francis Hospital. There she received tutoring on setting up and running a laboratory. These were the early challenging years of the hospital. She also worked as a practical nurse.

She pronounced her final vows, Dec. 15, 1940 at Roslyn, NY and she remained in mission there until 1959. Her various ministries have been as a sacristan, receptionist, Liturgist, Religious Educator, and life guard. Her present ministry is that of prayer for the Church and the world.

 

Sr. Helen Anna Klumpp, fmm

Sr. Helen Anna Klumpp entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary June 12, 1935 at North Providence, RI. After pronouncing her first vows, Dec. 15, 1937, her first mission sending was to St. Francis Sanatorium, Roslyn now called St. Francis Hospital. There she received tutoring on setting up and running a laboratory. These were the early challenging years of the hospital. She also worked as a practical nurse.

She pronounced her final vows, Dec. 15, 1940 at Roslyn, NY and she remained in mission there until 1959. Her various ministries have been as a sacristan, receptionist, Liturgist, Religious Educator, and life guard. Her present ministry is that of prayer for the Church and the world.

In 1937 Helen’s first mission sending was to St. Francis Sanatorium, Roslyn, now called St. Francis Hospital, where she received tutoring on setting up and running a laboratory. These were the early challenging years of the hospital. She also worked as a practical nurse. Sr. Helen remained in this mission until 1959 when she was sent to O.L. of the Eucharist in Brighton. Here she served as receptionist, was involved in the Third Order of St. Francis, and used her musical talents in the liturgy. She related well with young people and was able to reach out to them during the turbulent 70s. During the summer season Helen was the lifeguard at Grace Haven, the province vacation house, utilizing her skill in swimming like the proverbial fish. She also entertained her community by dancing the Charleston.

In 1975 Helen was sent in mission to St. Francis Community, San Francisco, serving again as receptionist. From 1978 to 1982 she did pastoral work with the Navajo people at St. Michael’s, Arizona. Sent again to O.L. of the Eucharist she taught CCD, was the sacristan and involved in the Charismatic movement, relating once again with young persons.

From 1989 to 1992 she worked in the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Skilled Nursing Center and was a member of St. Michael’s Community.

She spent the year from 1992 to 1993 doing pastoral ministry in Tampa, Florida. Her next mission sending was to Trinity Community in Providence, RI where she worked part time in the Fruit Hill Day Program for Elderly until 1998.

This year, Sr. Helen celebrated her 100th birthday announcing that she “still had all of her marbles and could read without glasses.” She continues her ministry of prayer for the Church and the needs of the world.

Sr. Marie-Madeline Paradis, fmm

Sr. Marie-Madeline Paradis, fmm

Sr. Marie-Madeline Paradis, entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary January 10, 1940 In Quebec, Canada. She was sent to North Providence to complete her religious formation and pronounced her final vows December, 1948. She is a skilled seamstress and her ministries have utilized this skill in communities in New York, Providence, Cincinnati, and Boston. She also did home visitation to the sick and elderly in North Providence, and taught religious education. Later in life Sr. Madeline was sent in mission to Nairobi, Africa where her ministry was one of welcoming and hospitality. Returning to the USA she was sent in mission to Waukegan, IL where she assisted in the Center for the Poor. Her current ministry is that of prayer for the Church and the world.

Sr. Marie-Madeline Paradis, fmm

Sr. Marie-Madeline Paradis, entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary January 10, 1940 In Quebec, Canada. She was sent to North Providence to complete her religious formation and pronounced her final vows December, 1948. She is a skilled seamstress and her ministries have utilized this skill in communities in New York, Providence, Cincinnati, and Boston. She also did home visitation to the sick and elderly in North Providence, and taught religious education. Later in life Sr. Madeline was sent in mission to Nairobi, Africa where her ministry was one of welcoming and hospitality. Returning to the USA she was sent in mission to Waukegan, IL where she assisted in the Center for the Poor. Her current ministry is that of prayer for the Church and the world.

After pronouncing her final vows, Sr, Madeleine was sent in mission to Our Lady of Hope Community in East Boston to serve as one of the supervisors of the boys in the Orphanage.

In 1943, she was sent in mission to Divine Providence Community and Shelter for Children. Her ministries were community service in the vestry, laundry and dining room. Sr. Madeleine carried out these humble but essential ministries in Franciscan Missionary of Mary communities in Providence, North Providence, Cincinnati, Boston and Roslyn. She was a skilled seamstress.

She also taught religious education and did visitation of the homebound sick. In St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn, she worked in the Chapel as sacristan and in the Central Sterile Supply Room.

In 1989, she participated in a renewal program called “Sorgente” (returning to sources), in St. Rose Convent Grottaferrata, Italy.

At the age of 68, she was sent in mission to Nairobi, Africa where her ministry was that of community service, welcoming and hospitality.

On retirement, Madeleline, As a member of Ein Karim Community, residing in St. Antoine’s Residence, her present ministry is that of suffering and prayer for the Church and the world.

Sr. Virginia Ptak, fmm

Sr. Virginia Ptak, fmm

Sr. Virginia Ptak entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary September 15, 1944 at North Providence, RI.

After pronouncing her first vow March 19, 1947, Sr. Virginia was missioned to Roslyn, NY, St. Francis Hospital and Sanatorium, now known as St. Francis Hospital and Heart Center where she worked with children who came for treatment and relief from rheumatic fever and its many problems. She pronounced her final vows March 19, 1950 in N. Providence, RI.

Her various ministries have been X-ray Technician, registered nurse and local coordinator.

Her present ministry is the Care of Children who come to St. Francis Hospital and Heart Center for heart surgery and non-invasive surgery from foreign countries.

Sr. Virginia Ptak, fmm

Sr. Virginia Ptak entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary September 15, 1944 at North Providence, RI.

After pronouncing her first vow March 19, 1947, Sr. Virginia was missioned to Roslyn, NY, St. Francis Hospital and Sanatorium, now known as St. Francis Hospital and Heart Center where she worked with children who came for treatment and relief from rheumatic fever and its many problems. She pronounced her final vows March 19, 1950 in N. Providence, RI.

Her various ministries have been X-ray Technician, registered nurse and local coordinator.

Her present ministry is the Care of Children who come to St. Francis Hospital and Heart Center for heart surgery and non-invasive surgery from foreign countries.

Sr. Virginia Ptak entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary September 15, 1944 at North Providence, RI.

After pronouncing her first vow March 19, 1947, Sr. Virginia was missioned to Roslyn, NY, St. Francis Hospital and Sanatorium, now known as St. Francis Hospital and Heart Center where she worked with children who came for treatment and relief from rheumatic fever and its many problems. She pronounced her final vows March 19, 1950 in N. Providence, RI.

Her various ministries have been X-ray Technician, registered nurse and local coordinator.

Her present ministry is the Care of Children who come to St. Francis Hospital and Heart Center for heart surgery and non-invasive surgery from foreign countries.

Sr. Virginia Ptak, fmm

Sr. Virginia Ptak, fmm

Sr. Virginia Ptak entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary September 15, 1944 at North Providence, RI.

After pronouncing her first vow March 19, 1947, Sr. Virginia was missioned to Roslyn, NY, St. Francis Hospital and Sanatorium, now known as St. Francis Hospital and Heart Center where she worked with children who came for treatment and relief from rheumatic fever and its many problems. She pronounced her final vows March 19, 1950 in N. Providence, RI.

Her various ministries have been X-ray Technician, registered nurse and local coordinator.

Her present ministry is the Care of Children who come to St. Francis Hospital and Heart Center for heart surgery and non-invasive surgery from foreign countries.

Sr. Virginia Ptak, fmm

 

Sr. Virginia Ptak entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary September 15, 1944 at North Providence, RI.

After pronouncing her first vow March 19, 1947, Sr. Virginia was missioned to Roslyn, NY, St. Francis Hospital and Sanatorium, now known as St. Francis Hospital and Heart Center where she worked with children who came for treatment and relief from rheumatic fever and its many problems. She pronounced her final vows March 19, 1950 in N. Providence, RI.

Her various ministries have been X-ray Technician, registered nurse and local coordinator.

Her present ministry is the Care of Children who come to St. Francis Hospital and Heart Center for heart surgery and non-invasive surgery from foreign countries.

Sr. Virginia Ptak entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary September 15, 1944 at North Providence, RI.

After pronouncing her first vow March 19, 1947, Sr. Virginia was missioned to Roslyn, NY, St. Francis Hospital and Sanatorium, now known as St. Francis Hospital and Heart Center where she worked with children who came for treatment and relief from rheumatic fever and its many problems. She pronounced her final vows March 19, 1950 in N. Providence, RI.

Her various ministries have been X-ray Technician, registered nurse and local coordinator.

Her present ministry is the Care of Children who come to St. Francis Hospital and Heart Center for heart surgery and non-invasive surgery from foreign countries.

Sr. Pat Murphy, fmm

Sr. Patricia Murphy, fmm

Throughout her religious life, Patricia’s primary ministry has been teaching, at first in the USA; then in Japan; and again in the USA. But she has always had a great concern for the poor and suffering and has found numerous ways to reach out to them over the years. Her greatest interest is in people, which she shows by her compassion and understanding of the burdens she knows all carry.

 

 

Sr. Patricia Murphy, fmm

Throughout her religious life, Patricia’s primary ministry has been teaching, at first in the USA; then in Japan; and again in the USA. But she has always had a great concern for the poor and suffering and has found numerous ways to reach out to them over the years. Her greatest interest is in people, which she shows by her compassion and understanding of the burdens she knows all carry.

After serving five and a half years in Boston, Patricia was missioned to St. Anthony’s Convent in Fall River where she began teaching and, at the same time, followed courses in Catholic Teacher’s College in Providence, RI. 1958 saw Patricia off to Japan where she taught for 6 1/2 years i the English school in Kobe. On returning to the USA, Patricia obtained a BA in Sociology from Emmanuel College, Boston and did further study in Theology in NYC. From 1969 to 1986, she served as Principal of Espiritu Sancto School. She also served a term as local superior of the community. For the next two years, Pat was teaching in Chicago while living in the FMM novitiate community there. She was called in 1988 to Holy Family Community, North Providence to serve as local coordinator until 1991. After a session in Franciscan studies at St. Bonaventure’s University, Pat was sent to San Francisco, California where she served with the Franciscan Friars pastoral outreach efforts in the Tenderloin District. In 1995, Patricia was sent to Our Lady of the Visitation Convent – Cambridge, MA where she continued some teaching, did “Grand-Parenting” work in schools, helped in a shelter for homeless women, and reached out to many a street person! Since being missioned to RI in 2004, Pat visits pastorally in the FMM Assisted Living Residence there and in nursing homes. She serves as a sacristan and Eucharistic minister in Holy Family Chapel.

Sr. Pat Murphy, fmm

Sr. Patricia Murphy, fmm

Throughout her religious life, Patricia’s primary ministry has been teaching, at first in the USA; then in Japan; and again in the USA. But she has always had a great concern for the poor and suffering and has found numerous ways to reach out to them over the years. Her greatest interest is in people, which she shows by her compassion and understanding of the burdens she knows all carry.

 

 

Sr. Patricia Murphy, fmm

Throughout her religious life, Patricia’s primary ministry has been teaching, at first in the USA; then in Japan; and again in the USA. But she has always had a great concern for the poor and suffering and has found numerous ways to reach out to them over the years. Her greatest interest is in people, which she shows by her compassion and understanding of the burdens she knows all carry.

After serving five and a half years in Boston, Patricia was missioned to St. Anthony’s Convent in Fall River where she began teaching and, at the same time, followed courses in Catholic Teacher’s College in Providence, RI. 1958 saw Patricia off to Japan where she taught for 6 1/2 years i the English school in Kobe. On returning to the USA, Patricia obtained a BA in Sociology from Emmanuel College, Boston and did further study in Theology in NYC. From 1969 to 1986, she served as Principal of Espiritu Sancto School. She also served a term as local superior of the community. For the next two years, Pat was teaching in Chicago while living in the FMM novitiate community there. She was called in 1988 to Holy Family Community, North Providence to serve as local coordinator until 1991. After a session in Franciscan studies at St. Bonaventure’s University, Pat was sent to San Francisco, California where she served with the Franciscan Friars pastoral outreach efforts in the Tenderloin District. In 1995, Patricia was sent to Our Lady of the Visitation Convent – Cambridge, MA where she continued some teaching, did “Grand-Parenting” work in schools, helped in a shelter for homeless women, and reached out to many a street person! Since being missioned to RI in 2004, Pat visits pastorally in the FMM Assisted Living Residence there and in nursing homes. She serves as a sacristan and Eucharistic minister in Holy Family Chapel.

Sr. Beatrice Sweeney, fmm

Sr. Beatrice Sweeney, fmm

Sr. Beatrice Sweeney entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary at North Providence, RI September 18, 1949. In 1952, after making her first profession, Sister Beatrice went to Emmanuel College. During summer vacation time, she was missioned to Camp St. Helene in the Catskills where she served in charge of a unit for children in the New York area.

After graduation, Sister Beatrice was sent in mission to teach in Espiritu Santo School in Fall River. She pronounced her final vows March 19, 1955.

In 1958, she was sent in mission to Malaysia. Her various ministries in Malaysia, Australia and the United States were Religious Education, teaching, administration, secretary and local coordinator.

Her present ministry is that of suffering and prayer for the Church and the world.

Sr. Beatrice Sweeney, fmm

Sr. Beatrice Sweeney entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary at North Providence, RI September 18, 1949. In 1952, after making her first profession, Sister Beatrice went to Emmanuel College. During summer vacation time, she was missioned to Camp St. Helene in the Catskills where she served in charge of a unit for children in the New York area.

After graduation, Sister Beatrice was sent in mission to teach in Espiritu Santo School in Fall River. She pronounced her final vows March 19, 1955.

In 1958, she was sent in mission to Malaysia. Her various ministries in Malaysia, Australia and the United States were Religious Education, teaching, administration, secretary and local coordinator.

Her present ministry is that of suffering and prayer for the Church and the world.

In 1958, Sister Beatrice sailed from New York aboard the S.S. Independence bound for Naples and Singapore, where she worked for a short while at the Catholic Center training laymen for catechetics. By 1959, Sister Beatrice was on her way to Kuantan, Malaysia, to become Principal of a government aided Assunta Primary School. This proved to be a job for a person of many talents as Sister was to discover that the school was open while not yet completely built, and she became administrator and teacher, as well as house mother to 30 boarding students.

In 1963 Sister Beatrice was sent to Sydney for medical care and there learned she would not be able to return to the tropical climate. From 1963 to 1965, she served as a much-needed science teacher for St. Agnes High School in Rooty Hill , Australia. Almost immediately she was able to rig up an award winning science exhibit that assured the school accreditation and a much-needed grant to better equip the department. Sister Beatrice returned to studies in 1965 and obtained the Australian diploma of education and was subsequently appointed school Principal at Rooty Hill.

From 1970 to 1972, Sister Beatrice served as Provincial to Sister Dora, then Provincial of Australia, and only briefly returned to teaching in Palm Island before being sent in mission to the United States.

She was appointed Provincial Secretary until this ministry was interrupted by serious illness. After many months of convalescence, Sr. Beatrice was appointed as local coordinator of St. Anthony’s community in Fall River.

After completing her term as local coordinator, she was sent in mission to Kennedy Memorial Day School, in Brighton where her ministry was Pastoral care and Special Religious Education.

In 1983, she received a Master in Pastoral Studies at Loyola University in Chicago.

From 1983 to 1990 her ministry once again was in Pastoral Ministry and Special Religious Education in the Kennedy Memorial Day School program in Brighton.

Her present ministry is that of suffering and prayer for the Church and the world.