Sr. Marie Paule Gobeil, FMM

   Sr. Marie Paule Gobeil, Franciscan Missionary of Mary, 90, died August 23, 2017 at St. Antoine’s Residence in North Smithfield, R.I.


   She was born July 2, 1918 in Quebec City, Canada; Marie-Paule was the sixth of eight children. Her parents formed a strong Catholic household in
 which each one was expected to attend daily mass when old enough to do so. There was also family Rosary in October and attendance at Sunday Vespers with
   Papa in the parish. An atmosphere like this was to nurture the fruit of three religious vocations. A brother became a Marist Brother missioned to
Zimbabwe  and a sister also joined the FMM and spent 35 years in Australia.


   Still little, Marie-Paule desired to go to school and at age three attended the Ecole Maternelle run by the FMM through third grade and then attended
the parish school for grades 4-7. After that, she studied privately. She always attended the patronages, social groups arranged by the Sisters for various ages
   of girls on Sunday afternoons. Marie-Paule says that she could hear the Sisters singing the Mass when she was at home in her room. Even before entering,         she said, “My life was with the FMM!”


   Her mother died when Marie-Paule was 14, and from then on, she cared for her father, the house and family for ten years, working for the Government during the last two.


September 1943 saw her entering as a Postulant in Quebec at age 25. St. Joseph’s Day 1944, she received the Habit and the name M. Louis Romeo. She made her First and Final Vows in March, 1946 and 1949, all in Quebec. In 1947, still a Young Professed, Marie-Paule was the Assistant for the Ste. Jeanne d’Arc community in Winnipeg. She completed three years there and was then missioned to the US, to be Assistant in our community in Woonsocket, Rl in 1950. She went to Holy Family in North Providence on the feast of Blessed Assunta, 1960. After this, she was in St. Francis Hospital Convent as sacristan/cook; she returned to North Providence to supervise the food service. After some five years, Marie-Paule was asked to be part of the St. Joseph Senior Community in Brighton, MA, where she helped out in various capacities. After a year of renewal in Canada, Marie-Paule was again sent to St. Francis, Roslyn, where her ministry was hospitality for the family members of pediatric patients from around the world.


In 1985, she received permission to travel to Korea to experience the country and lifestyle of some of her young patients to be better able to help and understand them. She attended several reunions of her former “grandchildren” and all enjoyed seeing “halmoni” (grandmother) again. After her return to St. Francis, Marie-Paule worked in the Finance Department of St. Francis Hospital and was driver and Jill-of-all-trades for the Community. From 1985, she was the community bursar. Always one to enjoy a good laugh or to give one, Marie-Paule is remembered in Roslyn for wearing the most daring and huge and fashionable hat-filled with flowers and birds-to a social event with some of her friends.


In July 2002, Marie-Paule was sent to Fruit Hill to spend more time resting and praying and enjoying life. After some years at Fruit Hill, where she was a cheerful and friendly presence to the community and staff in the Assisted Living, Marie Paule was missioned to St. Antoine in August, 2017. Here she would spend her final days in peaceful acceptance of her surroundings, praying for others, and, to her delight, communicating with a number of staff and residents who could speak French.


Her funeral will be held on Friday, September 1 at Holy Family Chapel, 399 Fruit Hill Avenue, North Providence. Burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery. Visitation Thursday, August 31, 4 – 7 pm with a wake service at 7.

Funeral arrangements by Russell J. Boyle & Son Funeral Home.



A Reflection for Christmas, 2017




A Reflection for Christmas, 2017  

by Sr. Marie Thérèse Beaudoin, fmm – Jerusalem


 “There was no room for them in the inn” Lc 2,7

No place for them! It was then a poor stable that welcomed the Holy Family!
The manger offered to the King of Glory was a bit of straw to lay in.


For many years the situation in this land has been disturbed. A land where it becomes difficult to “find a place” to live in peace. Partition, exclusion, expropriations, wall of separation, massive destruction of infrastructure: airports, roads, bridges, factories, water pipeline, power plant, hospitals and schools. It’s a vast field of ruins!
The persisting intolerable situation, leads to mass Exodus of Christians to other continents… and happy are those who have the means to leave! While the others look for refuge in their neighboring countries, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt … where they themselves are already overpopulated.
Sr. Marie Thérèse Beaudoin- French, Sr. Herminia Cruz – Filipina and Sr. Dolores Gavira – Spanish
members of Jerusalem community
Here I am Lord, You who arouse in me the fire of YOUR LOVE in their hearts. Everywhere, there are different projects of help conducted. The Churches and convents opened their houses to the homeless. The psychological help is offered to the traumatized adults and specially children. A number of families from other foreign countries adopted these oriental families in distress. In the summer camp, the young ones and the children rediscovered the joy of living, develop their gifts, prayed, deepened their faith and discovered how wonderful it is to live together in PEACE and LOVE.
Lord Jesus, you came among us to realize the dream of God.. to make this world a oasis of PEACE, of Brotherhood and of Love! We thank you for all the beautiful and courageous initiatives in realizing and incarnating many valuable things in these years of suffering. Keep us vigilant and always ready to realize the dream of your Father.

Christmas in a refugee camp

 Come, Lord Jesus, come. We are waiting for you.
Come dwell in us and in our hearts.
Sr. Marie Thérèse Beaudoin, fmm


Sr. Mary T. Plante FMM

Sr. Mary T. Plante FMM 
(April 16, 1931 – December 6, 2017) 
Sr. Mary Theresa Plante, 86, Franciscan Missionary of Mary, Ein Karim Community, died Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield, RI.
Sr. Mary Theresa was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, April 16, 1931. She entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on September 17, 1948 in North Providence, RI. Her first vows were pronounced in March, 1951 and final vows in March, 1957.
Before her final vows, Mary was missioned to Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Brighton, MA which is now known as Franciscan Hospital for Children where she was a supervisor for children from 1951 to 1952. Other missions were to Cardinal Hayes Home for Children in Millbrook, NY until 1958 and back to Kennedy where she worked in the laboratory as well as to Fruit Hill in N. Providence, RI where she worked in the printing press.
Mary Theresa was then missioned to Roslyn, NY where she studied at St. John’s University from 1964-68, graduating with a BS degree in Medical Technology. After an internship at St. Vincent’s Hospital for a year, she became Administrative technologist in the laboratory at Kennedy Hospital from 1968-1980.
After a sabbatical year in Rome and parts of Europe, Mary Theresa was missioned to San Francisco where she worked at Lincoln Medical Center doing clinical lab work from 1981-1985. Returning to New York, she did computer work for a Drug and Alcohol Rehab Organization through 1988.
In 1989 she became the first representative of Franciscans International, a non-Governmental Organization (NGO) at the United Nations, a position which lasted officially until 2011. Mary Theresa still continued to consult with the Franciscan group. During this time she also held the position of Justice and Peace Coordinator for the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary.
Since Franciscans live and work throughout the world, they had firsthand experience of the issues being discussed at the UN like the rights of children, poverty, peace, religious freedom and social issues of every kind. Franciscans International was an attempt to bring the whole Franciscan Family together on peace and justice issues. With her deep and intelligent comments, Mary Theresa made many statements to the governments dealing with these issues, connecting all the concerns on the internet. The JPIC work began with the FMM who made a big contribution to the work at the UN. Mary Theresa used her many gifts to accomplish as much as she could, even when her health was failing. She was a true missionary of peace and justice in today’s world.
Visiting hours will be on Wednesday, December 13, from 4 to 8 PM with the wake service at 7 PM in Holy Family Chapel, 399 Fruit Hill Ave. North Providence and a Funeral Mass at Holy Family Chapel at 11 AM on Thursday, December 14. Burial will be in the Holy Family Cemetery. Arrangements by Russell J. Boyle & Son.