Sr. Mary Elizabeth Ward

                                                            Sr. Mary Elizabeth Ward

                                                               (Mary of St. Edmund)

      Born:  Mar. 1, 1930

      Entered: Sept. 18, 1948

Novitiate: March 19, 1949     

First Vows: March 19, 1951

Final Vows: March 19, 1954

   Born to Eternal Life: 1.13.2014                                                                

 

Early Years

As a high school girl , Mary Ward  found her way to Fruit Hill, N. Providence, RI and became acquainted with the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. Her teachers at St. Catherine’s Academy and at the College of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Springfield, MA, as well as the Cenacle nuns at Newport, were good friends,  Mary maintained her friendship with these Sisters throughout her life.

 

God’s Call

Mary recognized her call to become a missionary as a Franciscan Missionary of Mary.  Right after high school, she entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on September 18, 1948. She joined her companions, a lively group of five postulants, singing, laughing, hard-working band, fervently praying their way to diverse missionary fields.

 

Missionary Life

After completing her junior and senior years of college at Emmanuel, Boston, Mary was called to Rome with the group that attended the beatification of Bl . Maria Assunta in 1954, and early in 1955 left for Africa. 

Sister Mary taught Biology, directed sports and acted as house-mother in the boarding school, taking care of the group of girls aged five to fourteen. 

Frequently, Mary sent back to Fruit Hill news of her mission in the FMM West African Mission , for a special bond had always existed historically between America and Liberia, and Fruit Hill.

Mary Ward was sent back to the United States to do advanced studies with a definite goal: Study, with the Missions in view.

Sister’s stay in the U.S.A. from 1965 to 1972 began with the pursuit of a Master’s degree at Rhode Island College where her field of concentration was Biology although  the degree was a Master of Arts in Teaching.

One of the professors at RIC recognized Mary’s keen mind and was instrumental in Mary’s continuing studies at Fordham University for a doctorate degree.

She completed the work for her Ph. D. in 1971. Early in 1972, She was missioned to Ghana, Africa  where she taught medical students Embryology and Histology in the University of Ghana. 

Mary was  active in the Leadership  Conference of Religions and other diocesan committees in Accra, Ghana. She also served in leadership for her community.

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Sister Marie-Paule

 

Sister Marie Paule Willem stands  at the altar at St. Genevieve’s Church in Las Cruces.
Sister Marie Paule Willem stands  at the altar at St. Genevieve’s Church in Las Cruces.

 

Woman of Faith: Sister Marie-Paule Willem, FMM-

Sister Marie-Paule Willem is a Franciscan Missionary of Mary, whose mission is deeply rooted in the Holy Eucharist.  A woman of faith, her spirituality is infectious and an integral part of her ministry. 

Sister Marie-Paule’s work is blessed by the grant funding support awarded by Our Sunday Visitor Institute.  The grant funding supported the startup and the first year of Sister’s  bilingual family and community outreach program.  Sister Marie-Paule works in two parishes:  Saint Genevieve and Saint Joseph, Fairacres. 

Her community outreach includes the women’s detention center.

At Saint Genevieve’s  and Saint Joseph’s parishes, Sister leads programs in catechesis for adults and families,     sacramental preparation, to include RCIA and faith formation programs for youth and their parents.  Dear to her heart are meetings with the families.

 

 

At the Women’s Detention Center, Sister Marie-Paule meets with approximately 60 women each week.  Sister counsels the women one-on-one.  She works with Father Ricardo Bauza to prepare the women for reconciliation and to receive Holy Eucharist.

Sister is uniquely qualified to lead these programs.  Sister Marie-Paule has a Master of Arts degree.  She majored in religious education and family.  She served 13 years in South America, working in Argentina and Paraguay.  At times Sister’s prison ministry in South America included ministering to entire families who were held together in outdoor prisons.  She describes her time in Paraguay as feeling surrounded by angels who protected her in her ministry during that time.  Among her favorite memories is being in Buenos Aires at the same time as Pope Francis, then a Jesuit priest.

 The first project for Sister and her faithful volunteers at St Joseph’s, Fairacres, was restoring the long-neglected statue of Jesus on the church grounds. Sister and her volunteers planted beautiful flowers on the grounds and thoroughly cleaned and updated the church and parish hall.  The parish raised the funds and purchased new tables and chairs for the hall.  In addition to the Masses on Saturday and Sunday, Saint Joseph parish holds special Eucharistic services on Wednesday evenings.  At the Wednesday evening Eucharistic Service, following the homily and Holy Communion, the parents take turns sharing their parenting successes.

At Saint Genevieve’s parish, Sister Marie-Paule is blessed by the excellent participation of the   families.  Sister meets with nearly 200 parents each month.  Sister is supported by excellent CCD

teachers and by Cuca Medina who has been the Director of Religious Education for fifty years at the parish.

At the Women’s Detention Center, Sister Marie-Paule meets with approximately 60 women each week.  Sister counsels the women one-on-one.  She works with   Father Ricardo Bauza to prepare the women for reconciliation and to receive Holy Eucharist.

Sister is uniquely qualified to lead these programs.  Sister Marie-Paule has a Master of Arts degree.  She majored in religious education and family.  She served 13 years in South America, working in Argentina and Paraguay.  At times Sister’s prison ministry in South America included ministering to entire families who were held together in outdoor prisons.  She describes her time in Paraguay as feeling surrounded by angels who protected her in her ministry during that time.  Among her favorite memories is being in Buenos Aires at the same time as Pope Francis, then a Jesuit priest.

 The first project for Sister and her faithful volunteers at St Joseph’s, Fairacres, was restoring the long-neglected statue of Jesus on the church grounds. Sister and her volunteers planted beautiful flowers on the grounds and thoroughly cleaned and updated the church and parish hall.  The parish raised the funds and purchased new tables and chairs .  Sister meets with nearly 200 parents each month.  Sister is supported by excellent CCD  teachers and by Cuca Medina who has been the Director of Religious Education for fifty years at the parish.

Sister Marie-Paule developed a model program for youth years ago. She taught ethics, specifically a strong work ethic, to thirty-five youth who are now productive citizens, contributors to society. Today, Sister weaves character building into religious education and faith formation.

Following the Franciscan way of minority and simplicity, Sister Marie-Paule goes about her work filled with hope and joy. She touches hearts and brings us with her as she travels toward the fullness of God’s reign.

 

Taken from Agua Viva, Dec 2013/Jan 2014, Vol. 28, No. 7, the official newspaper of the Diocese of Las Cruces with permission from C. Anchondo, Editor/Graphics Diocese of Las Cruces