2010 Sabbatical

Sabbatical 2010


A time to discover instruments of grace. . .  a space for Unconditional Love…

Sabbatical 2010

The Sabbatical Month 2010, a five-week program offered by the United States Province to FMM in active ministry, carried forward the experiences of the Sabbatical since 1997, through the uniqueness of the wonderful women who came from seven FMM provinces;  Chennai – India, The Philippines, Vietnam, Australia, Japan, Korea and the United States.  


During this month we resource each other in an atmosphere of relaxation, community and prayer.  The gift given to each Franciscan Missionary of Mary through Mary and the Eucharist, in our Offering, Mission, Community, Internationality, and  Franciscan life, constitutes the food of our reflection, prayer, inputs and conversations.

 Deep energy comes forward from inside each of us as we see how this gift is alive within us and in each other.  God creates a universe whose mystery still unfolds, and this loving God animates our Sabbatical community moving  us into a more profound discovery of what it means to be called by God as FMM into the fullness of life in the communion of the Trinity. 

md_anointhelena.jpgThis time confirms for us the insight of Blessed Mary of the Passion: As we advance in age and as grace is increasingly given to us, Jesus should strengthen our faith, our fidelity should kindle our hope and the light of faith should make our love more fervent. (Meditation 97) The Sabbatical Month will be offered June 23-July 31 2011.




2010 Sabbatical Participants and Team

Back (l-r) To Anh Bui, fmm (USA),  Mary Petrosky, fmm (USA), Keiko Kataoka, fmm (Japan), Lois Pereira, fmm (USA Provincial),  Mary Motte, fmm (USA), Elizabeth Ann Conyers, fmm (USA), Helena Jeong, fmm (Korea),  Mary Broadley, fmm (Australia), Patricia Cullen, fmm (Australia), Emilia Palma, fmm (USA), Mary Zacharia, fmm (India)

Front (l-r) My Hoa Nguyen, fmm (USA), Lynette Macahilig, fmm (Philippines),  Fr. Richard Trezza, ofm, (USA Retreat Master) Thi TriTrien Cao, fmm (Vietnam), Yvette Hubert, fmm (USA)

Final Vows of Srs. Hoa and To Anh, fmm

Final Vows of Srs. My Hoa and To Anh, fmm

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On September 4, 2010, FMM communities, families and friends gathered at Fruit Hill to celebrate the final profession of My Hoa Nguyen, fmm and To Anh Bui, fmm.

2010 Jubilarians

2010 Jubiliarians

2010 Jubilarians – 11 sisters going strong and committed as they celebrate 50, 60, 65, 70 and 75 years as FMM.

St. Francis Hospital


Our History

In 1922, two sisters of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary traveling door-to-door to sell embroidered cloths to support the Order’s missionary work met up with a benefactor they would never forget.  Carlos Munson, a local Quaker and owner of the famous Munson Steamship Lines, offered the Sisters more than they could hope to earn in handicrafts.  He presented them with a donation of a home and 15 acres of land, known as Elderfields, which he requested to be used as a summer camp for inner-city children.

The orchards and meadows of the Munson property were home to many children throughout 15 summers which followed.  In 1936, the Sisters had been asked to accept children who were afflicted with rheumatic fever, and they agreed, converting Mr. Munson’s horse and carriage stable into a small Sanatorium.

With very little money and few alternatives for treatment, the Sisters managed to care for the sick children.  As word spread about the Sanatorium, the Sisters were forced to turn away  some children because of limited resources but grants from a Protestant Welfare Agency, the Martha Hall Foundation, miraculously enabled the Sisters to expand.  By 1949, St. Francis Hospital and Sanatorium was the largest hospital in the country devoted to cardiac care for children.

St. Francis Hospital has remained on the leading edge of technology, as pioneering open heart operations were conducted in the 1950’s. Techniques such as the heart massage proved to have life saving value.  In 1956, adults were accepted for care.  In the 1960’s and 1970’s, the Hospital added a full range of general medical services to complement its cardiac program and, in the 1970’s, St. Francis became the state’s only specially designated Heart Center.

The Highest Quality Cardiac Care

St. Francis Hospital is committed to providing responsive medical care in an environment that meets the multi-facted needs of each patient.  Preventing, detecting and treating cardiovascular disease is at the heart of St. Francis Hospital’s mission.

One of the nation’s leading cardiovascular centers, St. Francis Hospital performs more cases of open heart surgery and cardiac catheterization than any other hospital in New York State.

St. Francis Hospital has been recognized for its attention to patient care and patient safety by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations which awarded St. Francis Hospital accreditation.


The Hospital’s founders,The Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, still reside and work at the hospital, where they are called upon in pastoral care, counseling, liturgical and administrative role.


Sr. Elisa, fmm with co-worker Sr. Frances, fmm


For more information:
St. Francis Hospital the Heart Center
President and CEO:
Alan D. Guerci, M.D.
100 Port Washington Blvd., Roslyn, NY 11576
Telephone: 516-562-6000
A not-for-profit organization