Sr. Anna Tarnauskas, fmm

Sr. Anna Tarnauskas, fmm

Sr. Ann Tarnauskas, fmmSr. Anna Tarnauskas entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on March 14, 1951 in North Providence, RI. Prior to her entering the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, she had completed her studies in Mercy School of Nursing and qualified as a registered nurse. After pronouncing her first vows on September 17, 1953, Sr. Ann was sent in mission to St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, LI. serving as a staff nurse there until 1967. She pronounced her final vows on September 17, 1956. Throughout her religious life her ministry has been that of nursing in various health care settings both in Africa and in the United States.

Sr. Anna Tarnauskas, fmm

Sr. Ann Tarnauskas, fmmSr. Ann was sent in mission to Our Lady of Hope in Tamu, Liberia where she served as a clinic nurse from 1967 to 1970. Her next mission sending was to Queen of Peace Community in Liberia where once again she served as a clinic nurse and also as the superior of her community until 1973. Then in 1973 she was missioned to St. Joseph Hospital in Jirapa, Ghana serving as a nurse. In 1976, Sr. Ann was missioned to the United States, going to St. Joseph’s Community in Winslow , Arizona where she served as a clinic nurse in the Santa Fe Railroad Clinic. . She served the workers who were in accidents, and also helped the people who lived near the clinic as well some Hispanics brought in by the police. Sr. Ann studied at Emmanuel College in Boston, obtaining a B.S in Psychology and Counseling. After completing these studies, she was missioned to St. Michael’s, Arizona where she ministered as a nurse in the Indian Hospital at Fort Defiance, AZ. In Emmanuel Community in Columbus, Georgia, she worked as a nurse at a Franciscan hospital where she educated the patients about their conditions and surgical procedures they would have to undergo. From 1982 until 1997 her ministry was that of a Foster Care Nurse in McMahon Child Care Services situated in Manhattan, NY. From 1997 to 2000, she served as a nurse in the Early Child Care Center in Pawtucket, RI. She then was missioned to St. Francis Community serving in the Pastoral Care Department of St. Francis Hospital until 2004. Presently, Sr. Ann’s ministry is that of case manager at Fruit Hill Day Care Center for Elderly in N. Providence, RI

Sr. Anna Tarnauskas, fmm

Sr. Anna Tarnauskas, fmm

Sr. Ann Tarnauskas, fmmSr. Anna Tarnauskas entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on March 14, 1951 in North Providence, RI. Prior to her entering the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, she had completed her studies in Mercy School of Nursing and qualified as a registered nurse. After pronouncing her first vows on September 17, 1953, Sr. Ann was sent in mission to St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, LI. serving as a staff nurse there until 1967. She pronounced her final vows on September 17, 1956. Throughout her religious life her ministry has been that of nursing in various health care settings both in Africa and in the United States.

Sr. Anna Tarnauskas, fmm

Sr. Ann Tarnauskas, fmmSr. Ann was sent in mission to Our Lady of Hope in Tamu, Liberia where she served as a clinic nurse from 1967 to 1970. Her next mission sending was to Queen of Peace Community in Liberia where once again she served as a clinic nurse and also as the superior of her community until 1973. Then in 1973 she was missioned to St. Joseph Hospital in Jirapa, Ghana serving as a nurse. In 1976, Sr. Ann was missioned to the United States, going to St. Joseph’s Community in Winslow , Arizona where she served as a clinic nurse in the Santa Fe Railroad Clinic. . She served the workers who were in accidents, and also helped the people who lived near the clinic as well some Hispanics brought in by the police. Sr. Ann studied at Emmanuel College in Boston, obtaining a B.S in Psychology and Counseling. After completing these studies, she was missioned to St. Michael’s, Arizona where she ministered as a nurse in the Indian Hospital at Fort Defiance, AZ. In Emmanuel Community in Columbus, Georgia, she worked as a nurse at a Franciscan hospital where she educated the patients about their conditions and surgical procedures they would have to undergo. From 1982 until 1997 her ministry was that of a Foster Care Nurse in McMahon Child Care Services situated in Manhattan, NY. From 1997 to 2000, she served as a nurse in the Early Child Care Center in Pawtucket, RI. She then was missioned to St. Francis Community serving in the Pastoral Care Department of St. Francis Hospital until 2004. Presently, Sr. Ann’s ministry is that of case manager at Fruit Hill Day Care Center for Elderly in N. Providence, RI

Sr. Margarida Tavares, fmm

 Sr. Margarida Tavares, fmm

Sr. Margarida, fmmSr. Margarida Tavares entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary at Fruit Hill on September 15, 1940.  She pronounced her First Vows on September 19, 1941 and her Final Vows on September 17, 1946 both at Holy Family Chapel, N. Providence.

Her ministries throughout most of her early years were in Community service as a cook and other household works in Holy Family Community, N. Providence, St. Anthony In Cincinnati, St. Clement’s, Boston, and  O.L. of Hope, Woonsocket.  She served as a commissioner in Cincinnati.  (FMMS, missioned in different parts of the world, established workrooms to help young girls and women earn a living. Margarida and other FMM commissioners traveled throughout the USA selling the goods from these workrooms)

Sr. Margarida Tavares, fmm

Sr. Margarida, fmmMargarida Tavares, fmm was born January 14, 1921 in Fall River, Massachusetts, sixteenth in a family of seven brothers and ten sisters. She attended Espiritu Santo School in Fall River where she met the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary.  She credits her missionary vocation to the good example of the sisters who taught her.

In 1962, Margarida finished her high school, took a course as a nurse aide, and taught religious education in parishes in Fall River.   Sent in Mission to St. Francis Community, Roslyn, she worked as a nurse aide in the hospital.  In 1976, she was a member of Bl. Assunta Community in Lebanon, New Hampshire where she taught CCD in a local parish.

Her next mission sending was to Covenant House in Brookline, MA and then to O.L. of the Eucharist Community, Brighton.  She began her ministry in child care which she continued at O.L. of the Visitation Community, Cambridge, Massachusetts.  She participated in the Parochial School Grandparent Program, caring for children.  She was also responsible for the food shopping and the kitchen management.

In 2004, she was sent in mission to Queen of Peace Community in N. Providence, RI. Her ministry is that of prayer for the Church and the world.

True daughter of Blessed Mary of the Passion and St, Francis, her hope for the present as well as for the future is to do God’s Will.

Sr. La Verne Hincks, fmm

Sr. La Verne Hincks, fmm

Sr. John, fmmSr. LaVerne Hincks entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on September 18, 1945 at North Providence, RI.  Her name in religious life was Mary of St. John Berchmans.  She continues to be known by the name of John.

After pronouncing her first vows on March 19, 1948, she began studies at Emmanuel College in Boston and graduated in 1952 with a B.A. Major in Chemistry.

Sr. John pronounced her final vows on March 19, 1951.  Her ministry until 1953 was community service in St. Clement’s Eucharistic Shrine in Boston.  In 1953, she was sent in mission to Moratuwa, Sri Lanka where she served as a teacher and was also in charge of the maintenance workers until 1969.

Sr. La Verne Hincks, fmm

Sr. John, fmmIn 1969, Sr. John served as the Assistant to the superior in St. Joseph’s Covent and in St. Joseph’s Training Center.  For a short time, she served as the supervisor of boarders in St. Gabriel’s community in Hatton, Sri Lanka.

Sister was sent in mission to the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Generalate in Rome, Italy   where she served as a secretary to a Consultation Commission from 1970 to 1973.

From 1973 to 1990 she served as the Provincial Secretary in Our Lady of Sri Lanka Provincialate, Colombo, Sri Lanka.  Throughout her religious life, Sr. John has shared her secretarial gifts.

Her next mission was to Bl. (now Saint) Hermine Community in Negombo where her ministry was community service and the writing of the Province History.

In 1997, she did the Sabbatical Program in Bethany Renewal Center in North Providence, RI.  She returned to St. Hermine Novitiate in Negombo where her ministry is community service.    Sisters in community describe Sr. John: “She is very, very humble, and an exemplary nun, that is why she is kept in a formation house where there are candidates.  So her presence itself is very enriching and a witness for our way of life.  She has mastered the language of our country (Sinhala) and she always communicates in Sinhala”.

Sr. La Verne Hincks, fmm

Sr. La Verne Hincks, fmm

Sr. John, fmmSr. LaVerne Hincks entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on September 18, 1945 at North Providence, RI.  Her name in religious life was Mary of St. John Berchmans.  She continues to be known by the name of John.

After pronouncing her first vows on March 19, 1948, she began studies at Emmanuel College in Boston and graduated in 1952 with a B.A. Major in Chemistry.

Sr. John pronounced her final vows on March 19, 1951.  Her ministry until 1953 was community service in St. Clement’s Eucharistic Shrine in Boston.  In 1953, she was sent in mission to Moratuwa, Sri Lanka where she served as a teacher and was also in charge of the maintenance workers until 1969.

Sr. La Verne Hincks, fmm

Sr. John, fmmIn 1969, Sr. John served as the Assistant to the superior in St. Joseph’s Covent and in St. Joseph’s Training Center.  For a short time, she served as the supervisor of boarders in St. Gabriel’s community in Hatton, Sri Lanka.

Sister was sent in mission to the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Generalate in Rome, Italy   where she served as a secretary to a Consultation Commission from 1970 to 1973.

From 1973 to 1990 she served as the Provincial Secretary in Our Lady of Sri Lanka Provincialate, Colombo, Sri Lanka.  Throughout her religious life, Sr. John has shared her secretarial gifts.

Her next mission was to Bl. (now Saint) Hermine Community in Negombo where her ministry was community service and the writing of the Province History.

In 1997, she did the Sabbatical Program in Bethany Renewal Center in North Providence, RI.  She returned to St. Hermine Novitiate in Negombo where her ministry is community service.    Sisters in community describe Sr. John: “She is very, very humble, and an exemplary nun, that is why she is kept in a formation house where there are candidates.  So her presence itself is very enriching and a witness for our way of life.  She has mastered the language of our country (Sinhala) and she always communicates in Sinhala”.

Sr. Anne Kelly, fmm

Sister Anne Kelly, fmm 

tn_Kelley Sister Anne Kelly entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on September 18, 1950 at the age of seventeen. After pronouncing her first vows on March 19, 1953, she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in 1957 from Emmanuel College with a major in Mathematics.  She pronounced her final vows on March 19, 1956 and was sent in mission to St. Anthony’s Community in Fall River, MA. Where Sr. Anne taught the fourth grade at Espiritu Santo School for one year.

In July l958, Sr. Anne was sent to Rome where after one month, was missioned to Pakistan where she spent nine years as a Professor of English in Nazareth College in Hyderabad.

Sister Anne Kelly, fmm

md_KelleyIn 1967, the new Pakistan Franciscan Missionary of Mary Juniorate was opened in Lahore and Sr. Anne was requested to assume the challenging responsibility of serving as Junior Mistress. The Juniorate was transferred to Malir in 1969 and Sr Anne continued her work as Junior Mistress until her return to Hyderabad in the fall of 1973.

Her next ministries include; counseling girls in a hostel (name), serving the diocese as Archivist and teaching English in a Muslim Boys’ School where there were neither Christian faculty members nor students. However, once the government nationalized the Pakistani Schools, it was impossible for a non- Pakistani to assume a teaching post in any school. Sister loved her Pakistani students and was gratified by the appreciation they showed at meeting her on a human level as well as on a professional one.

In 1978 Sr. Anne was missioned back to St. Anthony’s Community in Fall River, MA. teaching at Espiritu Santo Elementary School.  She taught there for two years during which time she also studied, earning a Master of Science in Education with a major in Elementary Language Arts.

From 1982 to 1989, Sr. Anne’s ministry was as an Elementary School Teacher   in St. Theresa’s School in Providence.  She also served in the finance office at Holy Family convent.

In 1989 to 1997 she served as the Assistant Provincial treasurer in Myriam Provincialate in the Bronx, NY.

In 1998, she was sent in mission to Our Lady of Wisdom Community in St. Louis, MO. where she taught English as a Second Language to Immigrant and refugee women, and also served as the local coordinator for her community.

In 2005 Sr. Anne was missioned to Emmanuel Community where once again, she taught English as a Second Language in Pine Mountain, GA.

Her present ministry is collaborating with persons of many faiths who minister with FOCUS  (Fellowship of Christians United in Service) in an outreach to the needy of Harris County, GA.

Sr. Anne Kelly, fmm

Sister Anne Kelly, fmm 

tn_Kelley Sister Anne Kelly entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on September 18, 1950 at the age of seventeen. After pronouncing her first vows on March 19, 1953, she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in 1957 from Emmanuel College with a major in Mathematics.  She pronounced her final vows on March 19, 1956 and was sent in mission to St. Anthony’s Community in Fall River, MA. Where Sr. Anne taught the fourth grade at Espiritu Santo School for one year.

In July l958, Sr. Anne was sent to Rome where after one month, was missioned to Pakistan where she spent nine years as a Professor of English in Nazareth College in Hyderabad.

Sister Anne Kelly, fmm

md_KelleyIn 1967, the new Pakistan Franciscan Missionary of Mary Juniorate was opened in Lahore and Sr. Anne was requested to assume the challenging responsibility of serving as Junior Mistress. The Juniorate was transferred to Malir in 1969 and Sr Anne continued her work as Junior Mistress until her return to Hyderabad in the fall of 1973.

Her next ministries include; counseling girls in a hostel (name), serving the diocese as Archivist and teaching English in a Muslim Boys’ School where there were neither Christian faculty members nor students. However, once the government nationalized the Pakistani Schools, it was impossible for a non- Pakistani to assume a teaching post in any school. Sister loved her Pakistani students and was gratified by the appreciation they showed at meeting her on a human level as well as on a professional one.

In 1978 Sr. Anne was missioned back to St. Anthony’s Community in Fall River, MA. teaching at Espiritu Santo Elementary School.  She taught there for two years during which time she also studied, earning a Master of Science in Education with a major in Elementary Language Arts.

From 1982 to 1989, Sr. Anne’s ministry was as an Elementary School Teacher   in St. Theresa’s School in Providence.  She also served in the finance office at Holy Family convent.

In 1989 to 1997 she served as the Assistant Provincial treasurer in Myriam Provincialate in the Bronx, NY.

In 1998, she was sent in mission to Our Lady of Wisdom Community in St. Louis, MO. where she taught English as a Second Language to Immigrant and refugee women, and also served as the local coordinator for her community.

In 2005 Sr. Anne was missioned to Emmanuel Community where once again, she taught English as a Second Language in Pine Mountain, GA.

Her present ministry is collaborating with persons of many faiths who minister with FOCUS  (Fellowship of Christians United in Service) in an outreach to the needy of Harris County, GA.

Sr. Vita Marie Riccardelli, fmm

Sister Vita Marie Riccardelli, fmm

Sr. Vita Marie, fmmSr. Vita Marie entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in 1960 at North Providence, RI. in 1966. . After her first vows in 1963, Vita studied nursing in Fatima Hospital, Providence and received her LPN. She made final vows in 1966. Sister later went to Roslyn and while working in St. Francis Hospital, studied for her RN at a local community college.  In 1973 Vita was sent to England where at Liverpool she studied tropical diseases, and then to Ireland where she studied midwifery. After this Vita was missioned to Ghana where she worked as a nurse and midwife in a government health center until 1985.  For the past twelve years, her ministry has been as a hospice nurse and/or at St. Francis Women’s Center.  Vita can look back on her life and truthfully say: “Lord, it is good to be here! It’s been a happy, wonderful life, every minute. It’s hard to believe that I am preparing for a Golden Jubilee – wow!  Fifty great years!“

 Sister Vita Marie Riccardelli, fmm

Sr. Vita Marie, fmmVita Marie always wanted to be a sister and missionary and was introduced to the FMM by a Franciscan priest.  Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Vita Marie knew many congregations of sisters but says she did not feel comfortable with any – that is,  until she walked into 45th Street and met Sr. Rita McGuiness.

Sr. Rita also welcomed Vita into the Fruit Hill Novitiate where she entered in 1960.  After her first vows, Vita studied nursing in Fatima Hospital, Providence and received her LPN.  She made final vows in 1966.  She later went to Roslyn and while working in St. Francis Hospital, studied for her RN at a local community college.

In 1973 Vita was sent to England where at Liverpool she studied tropical diseases and then to Ireland where she studied midwifery. After this she was missioned to Ghana where Vita worked as a nurse and midwife in a government health center until 1985.  After some  ‘R&R’, she was missioned to the Navajo Reservation in northern New Mexico and worked at the Indian Health Hospital for next three years.  There, Sr. Vita remembers how “my experience in midwifery came in quite handy”.

Vita is a lover of life. It is no surprise therefore that she had lot of enthusiasm for her work of bringing new life into the world as a midwife. She also likes sewing, embroidery and needlepoint and always has a number of projects going on at once.

in 1989 Vita was asked to join four other sisters in starting an insertion near the border of southern New Mexico. By November, she had  found a position as a nurse-manager in a remote area of Chaparral,  NM.  After ten years in Chamberino she was recalled to Roslyn and  St. Francis Hospital, in order to be near and assist her ageing parents.

For the past twelve years, Sister Vita’s ministry is as a Hospice nurse and/or at St. Francis Women’s Center.

Vita can look back on her life and truthfully say: “Lord, it is good to be here! It’s been a happy, wonderful life, every minute. It’s hard to believe that am preparing for a Golden Jubilee – wow!  Fifty great years!“

Sr. Vita Marie Riccardelli, fmm

Sister Vita Marie Riccardelli, fmm

Sr. Vita Marie, fmmSr. Vita Marie entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in 1960 at North Providence, RI. in 1966. . After her first vows in 1963, Vita studied nursing in Fatima Hospital, Providence and received her LPN. She made final vows in 1966. Sister later went to Roslyn and while working in St. Francis Hospital, studied for her RN at a local community college.  In 1973 Vita was sent to England where at Liverpool she studied tropical diseases, and then to Ireland where she studied midwifery. After this Vita was missioned to Ghana where she worked as a nurse and midwife in a government health center until 1985.  For the past twelve years, her ministry has been as a hospice nurse and/or at St. Francis Women’s Center.  Vita can look back on her life and truthfully say: “Lord, it is good to be here! It’s been a happy, wonderful life, every minute. It’s hard to believe that I am preparing for a Golden Jubilee – wow!  Fifty great years!“

 Sister Vita Marie Riccardelli, fmm

Sr. Vita Marie, fmmVita Marie always wanted to be a sister and missionary and was introduced to the FMM by a Franciscan priest.  Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Vita Marie knew many congregations of sisters but says she did not feel comfortable with any – that is,  until she walked into 45th Street and met Sr. Rita McGuiness.

Sr. Rita also welcomed Vita into the Fruit Hill Novitiate where she entered in 1960.  After her first vows, Vita studied nursing in Fatima Hospital, Providence and received her LPN.  She made final vows in 1966.  She later went to Roslyn and while working in St. Francis Hospital, studied for her RN at a local community college.

In 1973 Vita was sent to England where at Liverpool she studied tropical diseases and then to Ireland where she studied midwifery. After this she was missioned to Ghana where Vita worked as a nurse and midwife in a government health center until 1985.  After some  ‘R&R’, she was missioned to the Navajo Reservation in northern New Mexico and worked at the Indian Health Hospital for next three years.  There, Sr. Vita remembers how “my experience in midwifery came in quite handy”.

Vita is a lover of life. It is no surprise therefore that she had lot of enthusiasm for her work of bringing new life into the world as a midwife. She also likes sewing, embroidery and needlepoint and always has a number of projects going on at once.

in 1989 Vita was asked to join four other sisters in starting an insertion near the border of southern New Mexico. By November, she had  found a position as a nurse-manager in a remote area of Chaparral,  NM.  After ten years in Chamberino she was recalled to Roslyn and  St. Francis Hospital, in order to be near and assist her ageing parents.

For the past twelve years, Sister Vita’s ministry is as a Hospice nurse and/or at St. Francis Women’s Center.

Vita can look back on her life and truthfully say: “Lord, it is good to be here! It’s been a happy, wonderful life, every minute. It’s hard to believe that am preparing for a Golden Jubilee – wow!  Fifty great years!“

Sr. Elfriede Jackson, fmm

Sister Elfriede M. Jackson, fmm

tn_ElfreideJSister Elfriede M. Jackson, fmm was born in River Cess Country, Liberia, She entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary September 15, 1960 in North Providence as there was no novitiate in Liberia.  She pronounced her final vows in Monrovia in 1966. She was sent in mission to Jirapa Hospital in Ghana to study nursing and then returned to Sanaquillie, Liberia to run a clinic.  Sent in mission to Coldash, England, she served as a community nurse.  She was member of a team of Franciscan Missionaries of Mary who started the Coldash Retreat Center. Then, she was sent in mission to Liberia to organize and open a retreat center. During the Liberian civil she was sent to the United States where she served as a member of the novitiate formation team.  Presently, she resides in Trinity Community in North Providence where she assists in the FMM Assisted Living Residence and the Fruit Hill Day Program for Elderly.

Sister Elfriede M. Jackson, fmm

Sr. Elfreide, fmm

Elfriede M Jackson was born August 24, 1934 in River Cess County, Liberia, West Africa the fourth child born to the late Samuel and Martha Jackson. Her father was an accountant for several international companies in Liberia. Her beautiful mother was a housewife.

Elfriede was educated at St. Theresa’s Convent by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in Monrovia. Her family belonged to the Church of England. After living with the sisters as a boarding student for five years, she realized what a wonderful and different way of life the sisters led. She was amazed that 14 women living in the same house were never heard screaming at each other but working diligently from morning to night. She observed how they were dedicated to prayer and to their work of caring for others-working for God rather than for money-leaving their homes and families to come and teach her people about God’s love for all. She thought that if they could do it for her people why she could not do the same for her own people.

After becoming a Catholic, she requested entry into the Institute. Since there was no novitiate in

Liberia, arrangements were made for Elfriede to enter Holy Family Novitiate in North Providence, September 1960. She pronounced her final vows in Monrovia in 1966. She was sent in mission to Jirapa Hospital in Ghana to study nursing and then returned to Sanaquillie, Liberia to run a clinic where she remained for six years.

In 1978, she was sent on mission to England where she served as the community nurse in the Infirmary of St. Gabriel’s in Coldash. At that time, there were 40 sisters in the Infirmary. In 1980, she was one of six sisters on a team to start the Coldash Retreat center. After four years in the Center, she was sent in Mission to Liberia to organize and open a retreat center. For her spiritual growth, she had the opportunity to participate in the first Franciscan Spirituality renewal in Grottaferrata for three months. She also went to the Holy Land for a six month Biblical course run by the Holy Cross Sisters for sisters from the third world. Elfriede found this a wonderful, grace-filled experience to walk in the footprints of Jesus.

The Liberian civil war took a great toll on Elfriede. She recalls running from one place to another and people seeking food and shelter in the convent compound. Several members of her family were killed.

When the five sisters Adorers of the Precious Blood were brutally killed, she felt hopeless and helpless. She asked for respite and was sent to the US province. In 1993, she was sent to help in the novitiate in Fall River. After some years there, she was sent to the Provincialate in the Bronx where she helped in the kitchen and looked after hospitality.

For reasons of health, she was sent to Trinity Community, North Providence for treatment and recuperation. Presently, she helps wherever there is need, be it the Assisted Living Residence or the Fruit Hill Adult Day Care.