Sr. Margaret Lois Houlihan , fmm

Sr. Margaret Lois Houlihan , fmm

tn HOULIHANSr. Margaret Lois Houlihan entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on March 16, 1947, in the 45th St. New York convent. She made her First Vows on Sept.17, 1949, and Final Vows on Sept. 17, 1952 in North Providence. Throughout her religious life she has had diverse ministries: as a linotype operator in The FMM Printing Press, music director, composer, Montessori teacher in the St Raphael Nursery, Bell St; Certified Nursing Assistant in St. Anne’s Hospital, Fall River, MA. She was sent in mission to St. Teresa High School in Monrovia, Liberia, and also taught in the university and was the music director. She served in chaplaincy to higher government institutions in Kumasi, Ghana. In the USA, she served as the coordinator for Brooklyn Homeless Program and gave Music-imagery therapy in Francis House for persons suffering with AIDS. She volunteered in a child care facility and at St. Francis Center in Providence, RI. Her current ministry is librarian for the communities at Fruit Hill.

  

 

Jubilarian – 65 years

 

md HOULIHANSr. Margaret Lois Houlihan

Margaret Lois Houlihan was born in Detroit, Michigan, one of eight children. Before entering the convent, she held jobs such as: clerk and cashier in Department Stores, Warehouse work, Dress Shop, Traffic Court office work, Western Electric Co., and student organist at her parish church.

In March, 1947, Sr. Ruth of the Bl. Sacrament and Sr. Gistilian came on a Vocation trip to the High Schools of Detroit. When they returned to 45th St., Lois went with them. Sr. Ruth needed a companion to go to Fruit Hill, so Lois was made a postulant and traveled with her on the train. She was engaged in book-binding for several years. After her final profession in 1952, she operated the Linotype, did Catechetical work in several parishes, and became Music Director and Organist. She was sent to San Francisco in 1954. Her ministries included Sacristan, Organist, and teaching Catechetics in various locations. In 1957, she was sent to Bell St. where she was Sacristan, organist, and taught Montessori with Sr. Isabella for three years. Then she was sent to Fruit Hill, where she served as Sub-mistress for seven years.

After 21 years of religious life, she was sent to Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y., where she obtained her Bachelor of Sacred Music degree. In 1970, she was assigned to Espirito Santo School, as an elementary school teacher. Here, she also taught adults at Evening School, and obtained her C.N.A. at St. Anne’s Hospital. She had always wanted to be a nurse, and was so happy to work after school, week-ends, and holidays.

She received her obedience for Goa, India in 1971. After a stay of four months in Rome, a permanent visa to India was refused, and she then received an obedience for Ghana, West Africa. However, upon landing in Liberia, her destination was again changed, and she remained in Monrovia. During her three years there, she taught music in three high schools, led the choir at the Cathedral, was Music Professor at the University of Liberia, and Directress of the University Choir; she also co-founded an elementary school for the Kru people. In 1974, she went to Ghana, and obtained a Master’s in African Music, African Art, and African Political and Social Systems. In 1976, she taught music in St. John Bosco Teacher-Specialist Training College, and was Assistant Chaplain for the campus. In 1979, she moved to Kumasi, central Ghana, where she co-founded the Outreach Chaplaincy Team for boarding schools, Colleges and Vocational Schools.

 She was sent to the U.S. in 1983. After a renewal in Montreal, and in Queens, N.Y., she began a ministry with the Homeless in N.Y. She coordinated the Brooklyn branch of the Partnership for the Homeless for five years. During this time she was asked to organize the Province Archives, commuting to the Bronx some evenings. She began courses other evenings at Fordham, Lincoln Center to fill in needed psychology credits, which was in preparation for a degree and fellowship, as Imagery and Music Therapist. She obtained certification from the Institute for Music-Centered Psychotherapy in Atlanta. She was sent to Tampa, Florida in 1991, and used this skill at Francis House with men and women suffering from AIDS, and also with returned missionaries and elderly at Rocky Creek Village. After 6 years in Tampa, she was sent to Fruit Hill where she served for 5 years at St. Mary’s Home for Children, and at St. Francis Wellness Center for the poor, for 2 years. She became Librarian at Fruit Hill in 2000, and also started a ‘Shopping System’ to serve shut-in Sisters. Among the many great joys and memories of her life were: spending days in Assisi being in the same places and walking the same roads where St. Francis lived and ministered; having her University of Liberia Choir chosen as 1 of 12 choirs throughout the world, to participate in the International Music Festival at Lincoln Center in 1974; experiencing hunger, lack of water, violence and several close calls in military coups in Ghana; serving with Churches of all faiths and Synagogues to obtain volunteers for her ministry to the homeless; experiencing God actually taking over, and working through her as she gave therapy sessions.

Lois thanks God for her life as it has been, with all of the failures and successes, and for the ageing time she is in right now. She accepts all and says, “For all that has been. Yes; for all that will be. Yes.”

Sr. Margaret Lois Houlihan , fmm

Sr. Margaret Lois Houlihan , fmm

tn HOULIHANSr. Margaret Lois Houlihan entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on March 16, 1947, in the 45th St. New York convent. She made her First Vows on Sept.17, 1949, and Final Vows on Sept. 17, 1952 in North Providence. Throughout her religious life she has had diverse ministries: as a linotype operator in The FMM Printing Press, music director, composer, Montessori teacher in the St Raphael Nursery, Bell St; Certified Nursing Assistant in St. Anne’s Hospital, Fall River, MA. She was sent in mission to St. Teresa High School in Monrovia, Liberia, and also taught in the university and was the music director. She served in chaplaincy to higher government institutions in Kumasi, Ghana. In the USA, she served as the coordinator for Brooklyn Homeless Program and gave Music-imagery therapy in Francis House for persons suffering with AIDS. She volunteered in a child care facility and at St. Francis Center in Providence, RI. Her current ministry is librarian for the communities at Fruit Hill.

  

 

Jubilarian – 65 years

 

md HOULIHANSr. Margaret Lois Houlihan

Margaret Lois Houlihan was born in Detroit, Michigan, one of eight children. Before entering the convent, she held jobs such as: clerk and cashier in Department Stores, Warehouse work, Dress Shop, Traffic Court office work, Western Electric Co., and student organist at her parish church.

In March, 1947, Sr. Ruth of the Bl. Sacrament and Sr. Gistilian came on a Vocation trip to the High Schools of Detroit. When they returned to 45th St., Lois went with them. Sr. Ruth needed a companion to go to Fruit Hill, so Lois was made a postulant and traveled with her on the train. She was engaged in book-binding for several years. After her final profession in 1952, she operated the Linotype, did Catechetical work in several parishes, and became Music Director and Organist. She was sent to San Francisco in 1954. Her ministries included Sacristan, Organist, and teaching Catechetics in various locations. In 1957, she was sent to Bell St. where she was Sacristan, organist, and taught Montessori with Sr. Isabella for three years. Then she was sent to Fruit Hill, where she served as Sub-mistress for seven years.

After 21 years of religious life, she was sent to Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y., where she obtained her Bachelor of Sacred Music degree. In 1970, she was assigned to Espirito Santo School, as an elementary school teacher. Here, she also taught adults at Evening School, and obtained her C.N.A. at St. Anne’s Hospital. She had always wanted to be a nurse, and was so happy to work after school, week-ends, and holidays.

She received her obedience for Goa, India in 1971. After a stay of four months in Rome, a permanent visa to India was refused, and she then received an obedience for Ghana, West Africa. However, upon landing in Liberia, her destination was again changed, and she remained in Monrovia. During her three years there, she taught music in three high schools, led the choir at the Cathedral, was Music Professor at the University of Liberia, and Directress of the University Choir; she also co-founded an elementary school for the Kru people. In 1974, she went to Ghana, and obtained a Master’s in African Music, African Art, and African Political and Social Systems. In 1976, she taught music in St. John Bosco Teacher-Specialist Training College, and was Assistant Chaplain for the campus. In 1979, she moved to Kumasi, central Ghana, where she co-founded the Outreach Chaplaincy Team for boarding schools, Colleges and Vocational Schools.

 She was sent to the U.S. in 1983. After a renewal in Montreal, and in Queens, N.Y., she began a ministry with the Homeless in N.Y. She coordinated the Brooklyn branch of the Partnership for the Homeless for five years. During this time she was asked to organize the Province Archives, commuting to the Bronx some evenings. She began courses other evenings at Fordham, Lincoln Center to fill in needed psychology credits, which was in preparation for a degree and fellowship, as Imagery and Music Therapist. She obtained certification from the Institute for Music-Centered Psychotherapy in Atlanta. She was sent to Tampa, Florida in 1991, and used this skill at Francis House with men and women suffering from AIDS, and also with returned missionaries and elderly at Rocky Creek Village. After 6 years in Tampa, she was sent to Fruit Hill where she served for 5 years at St. Mary’s Home for Children, and at St. Francis Wellness Center for the poor, for 2 years. She became Librarian at Fruit Hill in 2000, and also started a ‘Shopping System’ to serve shut-in Sisters. Among the many great joys and memories of her life were: spending days in Assisi being in the same places and walking the same roads where St. Francis lived and ministered; having her University of Liberia Choir chosen as 1 of 12 choirs throughout the world, to participate in the International Music Festival at Lincoln Center in 1974; experiencing hunger, lack of water, violence and several close calls in military coups in Ghana; serving with Churches of all faiths and Synagogues to obtain volunteers for her ministry to the homeless; experiencing God actually taking over, and working through her as she gave therapy sessions.

Lois thanks God for her life as it has been, with all of the failures and successes, and for the ageing time she is in right now. She accepts all and says, “For all that has been. Yes; for all that will be. Yes.”

Sr. Alma Dufault, fmm

Sr. Alma Dufault, fmm

 

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Sr. Alma D. Dufault , fmm entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on September 16, 1946 and made her final profession on March 19, 1952 . She completed studies at Fordham University in Social Work (MSW), and then served as a social worker in Divine Providence and McMahon Shelters in Manhattan, NY., She was sent in mission to Lebanon via Rome.   While awaiting her visa to Lebanon, she spent time in Rome and in France. During this time Alma delved deeply into the history of the FMM Institute and of the Sisters who were the companions of Mary of the Passion. In 1957, at the age of 33, she was sent to the USA as the Directress of Novices . then to Rome as an Assistant General. At the General Chapter of 1972, Alma was elected Superior General.   Upon completing her service as Superior General, Alma served as the first Secretary General of the newly established International Franciscan Conference. She was sent to the US Province 1988. After a renewal program, Alma was a member of a new community in Chamberino, NM. From 1992 to the present she has served as a member of the program for the Mission Resource Center in North Providence.

 

 

 

md alma Sr. Alma Dufault, fmm 

Sr. Alma D. Dufault , fmm entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on September 16, 1946 and made her final profession on March 19, 1952 . She completed studies at Fordham University in Social Work (MSW), and then served as a social worker in Divine Providence and McMahon Shelters in Manhattan, NY., She was sent in mission to Lebanon via Rome.   While awaiting her visa to Lebanon, she spent time in Rome and in France. During this time Alma delved deeply into the history of the FMM Institute and of the Sisters who were the companions of Mary of the Passion. In 1957, at the age of 33, she was sent to the USA as the Directress of Novices . then to Rome as an Assistant General. At the General Chapter of 1972, Alma was elected Superior General.   Upon completing her service as Superior General, Alma served as the first Secretary General of the newly established International Franciscan Conference. She was sent to the US Province 1988. After a renewal program, Alma was a member of a new community in Chamberino, NM. From 1992 to the present she has served as a member of the program for the Mission Resource Center in North Providence.

 

After her temporary vows, Alma was sent to New York, where she completed her studies in Social Work at Fordham, earning a MSW. She then served as social worker for the FMM administered Divine Providence and McMahon Shelters. On the way to her mission in Lebanon, she worked in the general secretariat. She travelled with M. St. Roch to Lebanon, visiting en route FMM in Egypt and Israel. In Lebanon it was impossible to obtain a resident visa, so Alma was sent to France, where she visited many communities, including Lourdes in the winter of 1956.   While in France Alma had the opportunity to study more deeply the FMM history, and especially the lives of the Sisters who accompanied Mary of the Passion at the time of the foundation of the Institute. She discovered the letters written to Mary of the Passion by M. Jeanne d’Arc, her secretary.

In 1957, much to her surprise, Alma, at the age of 33, was named Novice Directress in the United States. Her new mission with the Novices made her realize how greatly her previous experiences in Rome, the Near East and France had been a time of preparation for this ministry. The General Chapter 1960 elected Alma to be Assistant General. In this capacity she visited many FMM communities throughout the world. Her humble manner and amazing capacity to remember names endeared her to all.

The General Chapter 1972 elected Alma as Superior General of the Institute. With her Councilors, Alma chose to be Sisters to their Sisters everywhere. In a choice to be poor, they did not carry cameras on their journeys, nor did they do tourism. These years after Vatican II were marked by dynamic change and growth which Alma lived in genuine collaboration with her Sisters.

Having completed her service to the Institute as Superior General in 1984 Alma was invited to be the first Secretary General of the newly established International Franciscan Conference in Rome. In 1988 she was sent to the US Province. After a time of renewal, she became part of the new community in Chamberino, NM. From 1992 to the present, Alma is with the Mission Resource Center in North Providence. Her ministry includes initial and ongoing FMM formation, ecumenical collaboration, and formation for members of the Secular Franciscan Order (SFO). A Franciscan Missionary of Mary to the core, Alma spreads the Good News of God’s Love to everyone with boundless energy and enthusiasm, readily appreciating the giftedness in each person.

 

Sr. Helen Mary Riordan, fmm

Sr. Helen Mary Riordan, fmm
 

tn riordanWebSr. Helen Mary Riordan, fmm, entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on September 16, 1946 in Holy Family Novitiate North Providence. She made her first vows on March 19, 1949, and her final vows on March 19, 1952 in Holy Family Chapel, North Providence. After completing studies in nursing, she was sent in mission to St. Francis Sanatorium in Roslyn where she cared for children with rheumatic fever. She served by nursing in the Franciscan Hospital for Children, formerly called Kennedy Memorial Hospital, Brighton, Ma., the FMM Nursing Center and Fruit Hill Day Center for Elderly. Later, her ministry was receptionist and doing other community services in St. Francis Convent, Roslyn, NY.   At present, her ministry at Fruit Hill is intercessory prayer for the Church and the world, and occasionally writing to her legislators about matters of concern.

 

 

 

md riordanWebSr. Helen Mary Riordan, fmm

Sr. Helen Mary Riordan, fmm, entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on September 16, 1946 in Holy Family Novitiate North Providence. She made her first vows on March 19, 1949, and her final vows on March 19, 1952 in Holy Family Chapel, North Providence. After completing studies in nursing, she was sent in mission to St. Francis Sanatorium in Roslyn where she cared for children with rheumatic fever. She served by nursing in the Franciscan Hospital for Children, formerly called Kennedy Memorial Hospital, Brighton, Ma., the FMM Nursing Center and Fruit Hill Day Center for Elderly. Later, her ministry was receptionist and doing other community services in St. Francis Convent, Roslyn, NY.   At present, her ministry at Fruit Hill is intercessory prayer for the Church and the world, and occasionally writing to her legislators about matters of concern.

 

Helen was born in Newport, KY in 1926, the fourth of six children. The family moved to Norwood, Ohio about a year later.

Helen was first attracted to religious life by the good example of the Sisters of Charity who taught at St. Matthew’s Parish Grade School. Later, when in high school, someone gave her one of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary’s Yearbooks. She also received a small book about the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, which told of the FMM’s Eucharistic Adoration, which greatly interested her.

After writing to Fruit Hill, she learned that the FMMs were in an inner city parish, St. Anthony, in Cincinnati. She visited them and was impressed by the Sisters’ kindness and Franciscan simplicity.

Helen entered the Novitiate at Fruit Hill on Dec. 12, 1946, and made her first profession on June 13, 1949. That fall she began studies with Sr. Ruth Crawley at St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing in Brighton, MA. After graduating in 1952, Helen made her final profession at Fruit Hill on June 13, a day of great happiness. She and Sr. Ruth were then sent for a year’s nursing experience at Roslyn with the rheumatic fever children. Following this, they were sent to study for a B.S. in Nursing at Boston College for two years, during which time they stayed mainly at St. Clement’s Convent.

Following graduation in 1955, Helen was sent to Roslyn and worked in Nursing and Central Supply until1961. Then she was sent to Brighton where she worked in Kennedy Memorial Hospital until 1970, again in Nursing and Central Supply.

She is a gifted artist who at one time painted Our Lady of Guadalupe on a tilma to be used in a play about Juan Diego and O.L. of Guadalupe. Later this painting was framed and hung in one of the rooms of St. Francis Hospital.

She then ministered in the FMM Nursing Center in Fruit Hill for about a year, after which she served mainly as a receptionist and also took an Art Correspondence Course. Then Helen was sent to Fall River during which time she studied part time.

In 1978 she was sent to Fruit Hill where she served in the Fruit Hill Day Center for the Elderly. Later, Helen was sent again to Brighton in 1980 where she served as receptionist, assistant sacristan and helped with other community service.

In the spring of 1990 when the Community was moving from Brighton, Helen was sent to Fruit Hill to help in St. Michael Community and in the Nursing Center in the former Infirmary. In 1994 when this temporary community was dissolved, she was sent to Roslyn where she served as assistant sacristan part time, receptionist and also community service.

In 2007, Helen was sent in mission to Queen of Peace Community, North Providence. She enjoys reading, music, occasional TV documentaries. Her current ministry is that of intercessory prayer for the Church and the world, and also writing letters to elected officials on matters of concern.

Sr. Aline Giroux, fmm

 

Sr. Aline Giroux, fmm
 

tn AlineGWEBSr. Aline Giroux, fmm entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on March 15, 1952 In North Providence and pronounced her Final Vows September 17, 1959. Most of Sr. Aline’s ministries have been in the health care field. After obtaining her license as an R.N. she did staff nursing in St. Louis and North Providence. Then she was sent to St. Francis Cardiac Hospital in Long Island where she was the assistant supervisor in the operating room, followed by serving as administrative assistant in charge of four hospital departments. After completing studies leading to an MBA, she became the assistant administrator of St. Francis Hospital, Long Island. Sister has served in administration in facilities in the United States and in Africa. Her present ministries are Director of the Fruit Hill Day Services and serving on the Board of Directors for Franciscan Children’s Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in Brighton and the Board of the Fruit Hill Day Services for the Elderly.

 

 

 

md AlineGWEBSr. Aline Giroux, fmm

 Aline is next to the youngest of the five children born to Oscar and Adelina Giroux. She grew up on a farm in Randolph, Vermont and attended mostly public schools.

 

She led an active social life, which included the possibility of marriage. However, deep within there was a sense that she was called to follow another path. She began nursing studies in 1950 in Vermont.

One day, she read a one-inch ad in the back of the Sacred Heart Messenger, which was for the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. Aline felt drawn to respond to this ad and after accepting this invitation, she entered the Institute on March 15,1952.

 

As a young religious, she completed her nursing studies at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital School of Nursing and at St. Louis University. Most of Aline’s ministries have been in the health care field with extensive experience both in the USA and in Africa. She was the assistant supervisor of the operating room at St. Francis Hospital, Long Island during the pioneering time of open-heart surgery. Later she was an administrative assistant responsible for four hospital departments. She completed studies for her MBA and then became assistant administrator in St. Francis Hospital. In 1970, Sister was sent to Dakar, Senegal where she supervised the neonatal ICU, then to Jirapa Hospital in Ghana as the hospital administrator. She returned to the USA for a renewal program, and then studied to become a nurse practitioner.   Aline is an excellent diagnostician, considering herself a “generalist”, one who is sent to restore order, do analysis and recommend to leadership logical steps to be taken. Her gift of analysis, tolerance and enjoyment of complex matters combined with tireless energy and enthusiasm have allowed her to deal with many difficult tasks assigned to her.

 

She was sent as the administrator of the Alverne residence for the Elderly from 1982   to 1987. When this ministry closed, she was sent as administrative assistant to the USA Provincial from 1987 to 1991. During this time, the Provincialate was transferred from 45th St., Manhattan to East 15th St, N.Y. and then to its present location in the Bronx. Aline supervised and expedited these difficult moves.

 

The next challenge was assisting the administrator of the FMM Nursing Center during its phase of licensure as a skilled nursing facility, by serving as the supervisor of medical records and quality assurance.

 

In 1994, Sister did studies in Theology at Weston Jesuit School of Theology, earning a MTS degree. Then she did the bookkeeping and secretarial work at Holy Name Parish in Providence, which she thoroughly enjoyed. Presently, Aline is serving as the Director of the Fruit Hill Day Services for Elderly, which once again calls upon her leadership and business skills .

 

She serves on the Board of Directors for Franciscan Children’s Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, in Brighton and the Board of the Fruit Hill Day Services for the Elderly.

 

Sr. Claudette Simard, fmm

Sr. Claudette Simard , fmm
 

tn claudettewebselectSister Claudette Simard followed her childhood yearning for religious life and was directed to the Institute of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary by a friend of Sister Liephard, fmm. She entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in North Providence on September 1951. She pronounced her First Vows in 1954 and her Final Vows March 19, 1957. Most of her ministries have been in nursing with other ministries in St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn, NY, Kennedy Memorial Hospital In Brighton, MA, Fruit Hill Day Program for Elderly and the Franciscan Missionary of Mary Nursing Facility and Director of the Freewheelers of RI. Presently she serves as assistant in the Province Development Office in North Providence.

 

 

 

md claudettewebselectSr. Claudette Simard, fmm

A “down-Mainer” born in Lewiston on September 21, 1932, Claudette was the fourth of five children. At a very early age, she felt God calling her to the religious life and from fifth grade on, she wanted to be a missionary.


Claudette always loved sports, especially skiing-and her home state offered many places to ski. When there was no snow in 1950, she took to biking around the Gaspee Peninsula and played on the local women’s softball teams. She actively participated in many parochial groups including the Brownies and Girl Scouts, even becoming a Troop Leader.


After high school, Claudette followed her childhood yearning for religious life and was directed to the Institute of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary by a friend of Sister Liephard, fmm. She visited the sisters at St. Clement’s in Boston and entered at Fruit Hill on September 1951. She received the habit in March 1952 and made First Vows in 1954. Her ministry was with the children in Divine Providence Shelter in Manhattan, NY . Then she was sent to Clement’s to begin nursing studies. She studied at Boston College and completed her BSN degree. She pronounced her final vows March 19, 1957.


She obtained her RN license in 1958. In 1959, Claudette was missioned to Paramonga, Peru, where she worked eight years in a small hospital where, she says, “the nursing experiences were wonderful and fulfilling”. She journeyed to the mission outposts to visit families and teach catechism, her Spanish improved greatly. She was sent to Leon, Mexico in 1967. Here she served in the dispensary and nursing home for poor elderly women for eight years. After this she was missioned to Lorna Alvernia, a small farm with camping facilities where teenage groups went to Faith Growth Camping weekends. She loved this ministry. On the farm there, the sisters tried to raise pigs to help province finances but after a number of years of hard labor they could not compete with the other area farms and had to discontinue the project.


In 1981, four years after becoming ill, Claudette was missioned to the US. She’s had many surgeries, but this never-give-up individual keeps going and she seized on a fine idea. She became involved with the Freewheelers Association of Rhode Island, an organization providing rehabilitative and recreational group outings for frail nursing home residents dependent on wheelchairs for their mobility. Claudette has also served as Spanish to English translator for sessions in Grottaferrata. Italy.


Her present ministry is in the Development Office of the United States Province serving as an assistant.

Sr. Frances Milano, fmm

Sr. Frances Milano, fmm
 

tn Frances MilanowebselectSister Frances Milano, fmm entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Sept. 18, 1951 in North Providence. She pronounced her First Vows  March 19, 1954 and her Final Vows March 19, 1957.   Prior to her entry she had work experience as a receptionist and aide to a veterinarian and 8 1/2 years as clerk/teletype operator and relief manager for The Western Union Telegraph Company. This latter job entailed extensive travel throughout the United States. After she received “God’s Call”, prior to entering at Fruit Hill, Frances went on a Holy Year pilgrimage to several western European countries.


Her first mission sending was to San Francisco where she was bursar, librarian and the supervisor of young women residents. Frances was missioned to Peru and set sail in February 1958. lquitos on the Amazon was the site of her first work in Peru, teaching English.   Later, she was sent to Chile, San Vicente de Tagua Tagua, where she filled a number of positions: English teacher, commissioner, bookstore clerk, and Novice Mistress. Throughout her religious life, Frances has served in various ministries: community and provincial leadership, novice directress, translator, hospital volunteer. Sent in mission to Holy Family Community in North Providence, she serves in community service wherever there is a need.

 


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Youngest of Matteo and Cecilia Milano’s three children and the only girl, Frances brought in the New Year 1925 and was raised in an Italian Catholic family in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Italian was her first language within the family. She was a “public school product,” both grade school, (she always got the funny parts in drama productions- this would come in handy in the future!) and high school, where she did the Commercial course.

After graduating from high school, she worked for a few months as receptionist and aide to a veterinarian; Frances then worked some 8 1/2 years as clerk/teletype operator and relief Manager for The Western Union Telegraph company. This latter job meant traveling around PA, NJ, DE and MD to replace managers when they were on vacation, sick leave or furlough, moving around every 2, 3 or 4 weeks, enjoying this form of travel. Part of a crew sent out for special occasions, she went to Washington DC at the time of President Roosevelt’s death – a momentous time to be sending and receiving cross-country communications, especially meaningful to Frances, who had seen him in her home town when she was a little girl. At age 21, Frances got a “nudge” from above, as it were: “Why don’t you become a nun?” ” I ran for about five years,” she said, and she finally asked for a sign and saw an article, “Franciscan Supper a Huge Success”, and she asked her pastor if there were any Franciscans who traveled. In return, he sent her a Diocesan pamphlet with a list of congregations, and he had checked the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, since they were sent overseas. Frances wrote to the FMM, received the response that an FMM commissioner would be in her area, met the sister, and decided that the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary were for her.


Prior to entering the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary at Fruit Hill, Frances went on a Holy Year pilgrimage to several western European countries, after which she traveled to Sicily, visiting the birthplaces of her parents and grandparents and spending some time with relatives living there She entered in September 1951, receiving the Habit and the name Antony Maria Zaccaria in March 1952. Just after her First Profession, Frances was sent to San Francisco where she was bursar, librarian and the supervision of young women residents. She made her final vows in March 1957, at Fruit Hill.


Frances was missioned to Peru and set sail in February 1958. lquitos on the Amazon was the site of her first work in Peru, teaching English.   Later, she was sent to Chile, San Vicente de Tagua Tagua, where she filled a number of positions: English teacher, commissioner, bookstore clerk, and Novice Mistress.    Later, she was sent to Chile, San Vincinte de Tagua Tagua, where she filled a number of positions: English teacher, commissioner, bookstore clerk, and Novice Mistress

 

In December 1968, Frances was missioned to the US, to Woonsocket, Rl, where she was appointed Novice Mistress to the former Associate Sisters and superior of the community. She served as Spanish-to-English translator during the first part of the General Chapter of 1972, after which she was Provincial secretary and Provincial Councilor.


Frances had a year of renewal at the CREDO program in Spokane, WA, and again was translator during the long General Chapter of 1978-79. Following this Roman sojourn, Frances returned to Divine Providence in New York, this time being the Finance Director of McMahon Services, A six-month leave to care for her two aunts in Wilkes-Barre was followed by wonderful much-appreciated community service as Local Coordinator in St. Francis Hospital community. In 1994, again finding that her aunts needed her care, Frances moved to Holy Family Community in North Providence, and her aunts resided there in the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Assisted Living Facility. She was again sent to St. Francis, where she loved doing volunteer work in the hospital, and where she was asked to be Local Coordinator of the community, which she did until her New Year’s birthday in 2002, whereupon she was sent to North Providence, to Holy Family Community, to take part in the summer Sabbatical, and then the Mission Resource center to collaborate with Alma Dufault. Most appreciated for her joyful approach to life and her generous self-giving, Frances’ bright personality is a great gift to her community.

 

Sr. Margaret Mary Donlon, fmm

Sr. Margaret Mary Donlon, fmm
 

tn Margaret Mary DonlonSister Margaret Mary entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on September 18, 1951 in North Providence. A few months after first profession, Margaret was sent to Bell Street, where she learned to put the Montessori Method into practice, also teaching CCD at Mount Carmel Parish. In February of 1956, Margaret was sent on mission to Japan via Rome. Sister Margaret made her Final Vows at the Japanese Novitiate at Totsuka on March 19, 1957. In June of 1957, she was missioned to the foundation in Pusan, Korea. Most of her ministries have been as Directress of Novices, community leadership, teaching English to the novices, translation and other secretarial ministries. Her present ministry is teaching English to the seven Korean novices as well as continuing to translate and render secretarial services.

 

 

 

md Margaret Mary DonlonSr. Margaret Mary Donlon, fmm

Margaret Mary Donlon was born in Philadelphia on February 16, 1927, a fact that she liked to joke about, saying that all famous Americans were born in February…Washington, Lincoln and herself. After several years working experience as a secretary, Margaret entered Fruit Hill, one of a group of 12, on September 18, 1951.


Raised in a Jesuit parish, she has always been grateful for their influence as well as that of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur on her early Education. In fact, she said she was a postulant of three days before discovering that the Saint Francis being talked about so much was that of Assisi Instead of Francis Xavier, whom she greatly admired! Margaret wanted a missionary order, and her first visit to Fruit Hill convinced her that the FMM vocation of adorer and missionary would fulfill her deepest longings.


A few months after first profession, Margaret was sent to Bell Street, where she learned to put the Montessori Method into practice, also teaching CCD at Mount Carmel Parish.


In January of 1956 came the electrifying news for which she had hoped and prayed; the call to Rome and the missions. With the group of six who left on the S.S. Independence in February, Margaret spent five months in Rome, preparing for her mission and visiting the holy places. She was especially impressed with St. Peter’s, and found her greatest joy in the Carceri of Assisi, understanding why visitors who came did not want to leave. The whole month of August was spent on the ship going to Yokohama, then to Kobe, where Sister taught the fifth and sixth grades in the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary International School. Sister Margaret made her Final Vows at the Japanese Novitiate at Totsuka on March 19, 1957. The next year on June 26th, with ten other foundresses, she sailed for Pusan, the first FMM house in Korea. There she gasped at the unbelievable poverty of the two million refugees who had fled from the Communists in the North. While tackling the problem of the difficult Korean language, Sister first helped in the pharmacy of the busy clinic, was assistant of the house, helped in the school office and then, when our Korean Novitiate opened in 1962, was named Directress of Novices. Eleven years later, one of the first novices succeeded her in this work and Sister was coordinator, first at Seoul and later in Pusan. An operation for retinal detachment at this time put a temporary end to the translation work which she had been doing since the Novitiate started. After a year of rest, renewal, home visits, vocational visits in schools and working in the provincial Communications office of the US Province, Margaret eagerly returned to her beloved Korea in April, 1976, where she tries to “serve as a living witness to the love, joy and peace of Jesus”. Sister is proud of the fact that one of her first novices served as provincial of Korea, and another, on return from her studies, continued as Novice Directress.


Sister was thrilled to participate in the Beatification Ceremony in Rome of our Foundress, Blessed Mary of the Passion in 2002. She is now a member of the Novitiate community, where her present ministry is teaching English to the seven Korean novices, as well as continuing translation work and secretarial services.

Sr. Mary Petrosky, fmm

Sr. Mary Petrosky, fmm
 

tn Mary PetroskywebselectMary Petrosky entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary September 1951 in North Providence, RI. After making her First Vows, Mary studied in Boston at Emmanuel College, graduating in 1957 with a sociology degree. She pronounced her Final Vows in Boston in March of that same year and was sent to the Midwest where she earned her MSW from St. Louis University in 1959. Many of her ministries were in social work here in the US, Australia and Papua New Guinea. , Mary was named Director of Social Services at McMahon Children’s Services in Harlem, NY. Other ministries were in leadership and religious formation here and in overseas missions.

 

Her present ministries are Spiritual Direction, Local Coordinator of her community and Provincial councilor.

 

 

 md Mary PetroskywebselectSr. Mary Petrosky, fmm

After some enquiries about religious congregations, Mary heard of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary and wrote to North Providence. She was advised to visit the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on Budd Street in Cincinnati. “I came, I saw, and they conquered my heart,” she admits. Mary entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary September 1951 in North Providence, RI. After making her First Vows, Mary studied in Boston at Emmanuel College, graduating in 1957 with a sociology degree. She pronounced her Final Vows in Boston in March of that same year and was sent to the Midwest where she earned her MSW from St. Louis University in 1959.

Mary was named Director of Social Services at McMahon Children’s Services in Harlem, NY. She worked there until in 1961 when she was sent to Cardinal Hayes Home in Millbrook. In 1967, she was sent to Australia where she worked in Sydney as a casework supervisor at the Catholic Family Welfare Bureau. A bit of struggle with the language ensued but was quickly surmounted. At this time Mary served as Mistress of Studies and of the Young Religious in the Province as well. From 1969 to 1977 she was in the burgeoning self-governing country of Papua New Guinea where she was involved in many kinds of works besides being a Provincial Councilor and Local Superior. She lectured in several colleges and seminaries, was instrumental in the development of the Sister Formation Center for PNG and the Solomon Islands, and was foundress and administrator of a counseling service at the request of the Archbishop of Port Moresby. Mary was the delegate to the General Chapter representing Australia and PNG. She held the position of President of the Union of Women Religious of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands from 1971 to 1975. She resided during her time in PNG in the capital, Port Moresby. Upon her return to the US she was a graduate theology student at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA. From 1979-1989 Mary lived in Georgia. She was missioned to Hazelhurst where she learned the ways of the South and worked for the people of the area as a social work consultant. She was also the founder and administrator of a medical care center for the underserved people of Jeff Davis County.

Mary served as Novice Directress for the US Province in Waukegan, IL. She became Acting Provincial of the US province in 1990 and then was elected Provincial from 1991-1999. Following a sabbatical, Mary was sent to Hamilton, GA with ministries in Social Services, Chaplaincy at Home for Elderly and Activities with Alzheimer’s patients..

Sent in mission to Holy Name of Jesus Community, Manhattan, NY., she served as Local coordinator along with a ministry in as Counseling and Spiritual Director at St. Francis Center. She continues her ministries in spiritual direction at Holy Name Parish, local coordinator and Provincial Councilor.