Newness of Life


Continuing Newness of Life—Sabbatical 2012


Front L-R:
Anne Adounkpe-Benin & Province of Canada,Rosa Chen- Province of Taiwan,
Jessy Joseph-India & Province of Peru,
Annie Nebres-Philippines & Province of USA,
Back L-R:
Cathy Tshitenge-DR of Congo & Province of USA,
Kuniko Kajikawa- Province of Japan,
Renata Woloszyk- Poland & Province of Canada,
Evelina DeGuglielmo-USA & Province of Ghana-Liberia,
Ida St. Onge- Province of Canada,
Agnes Nomazele-Province of So Africa,
Karen Coreia-Sri Lanka & Province of Canada,
Lucy Bernard- Province of Myanmar(Burma)


Continuing Newness of Life is the theme that holds the Sabbatical Month – a time of mutual resourcing in the giftedness of our FMM Charism through an atmosphere of relaxation, community, input, conversation and prayer. The final week is one of Integration in the environment of the Franciscan Hermitage. Since 1997 the US Province has been offering this program to Sisters in active ministry. 132 Sisters from 27 provinces have taken part and brought wonderful contributions and insights. Sisters preparing for Final Profession in the US province take part in the program. The Sabbatical takes place at the Mission Resource Center and in the lovely community setting of Bethany Renewal Center.   The dates for the Sabbatical this year are July 5 through August 12.


Going Green- Another Project

Going Green- Another Project

Franciscan Missionaries of Mary at Fruit Hill, North Providence, RI are collaborating with the newly formed Rhode Island Community College Farming project. They offered four gardens in their existing garden project on their grounds.Under the guidance of Jim Murphy, the college’s first ever sustainability coordinator and of  Dr. Pierre Morenon, Professor of Anthropology at Rhode Island College, they tilled the gardens and began planting a variety of select

(Photo by Gene St. Pierre of RI College)

L-R: Sr. Maryann Alukonis, fmm, Nancy Carriuolo, President of Rhode Island College andJim Murphy, the college’s first ever sustainability coordinator, talk near the newly planted community garden.

Since 1982,

Franciscan Missionaries of Mary have dedicated a section of their land for a community garden.   Members of the Hmong Community, neighbors, a low income women’s group of master gardeners, the FMM Sisters are some of the groups participating in this community garden project. Members constructed 2 wells one of which is still functioning. Rain barrels are another source of water. Composting is done.

On Friday June 15th the students, faculty and staff of Rhode Island College launched the first ever RIC Community Garden on the grounds on the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary next to the college.

Gallery: (Photos by Gene St. Pierre of RI College used with permission)