Sisters' Profiles

Sr. Annette Belhumeur, fmm

Sr. Annette, fmmSr. Annette Belhumeur entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on December 10, 1940 in Quebec, Canada. After pronouncing her first vows on June 13, 1943, she was sent in mission to Maison Ste. Jeanne d’Arc, in Winnipeg, Canada.  She pronounced her final vows on June 13, 1946, and served as the local treasurer and as a receptionist until 1955.

Sr. Annette’s  next mission sending was to St. Anne’s community in Quebec.  She served as an assistant to the provincial treasurer.  From 1966 to 1993, she served as the local treasurer in Maison Coeur Immaculée in Ottawa. From 1993 to 1995, her ministry was pastoral care with families.

Sr. Annette’s  present ministry is community service in Maison Coeur Immaculée, Ottawa.

Sr. Simone Laurette Decelles, fmm 

Sr. Simone D., fmmSr. Simone Laurette Decelles entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on March 16, 1941 in Holy Family Novitiate, North Providence. She made her first vows on September 17, 1943 and final vows on September 17, 1946 in Holy Family Chapel, N. Providence.

Sr. Simone’s ministry throughout her religious life has been as a teacher.  She began her teaching ministry in Mt. St. Francis School in Woonsocket, RI.  Most of her years as a teacher were spent in Espiritu Santo School in Fall River, MA.   She also taught religious education in several parishes in Fall River and did home visitation.  She has served in local leadership.  Her present ministry is that of intercessory prayer for the needs of the Church and the world.

Sr. Gilberte Marie Belhumeur, fmm

Sr. Gilberte, fmmSr. Gilberte Marie Belhumeur, fmm entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary June 11, 1941 in Quebec, Canada.  She made her first vows September 15, 1943 and her final vows December 15, 1946 in Quebec.

Her ministry during her early years was in Communication first in Quebec for 10 years and then in Vanves, France for 20 years.  She used her skills in the operation of the large printing press.   Thus, she was instrumental in communicating the Good News of God’s love.  Gilberte was sent in mission to the USA in 1971 to care for her aged, blind mother.  After her mother’s death she was sent to Holy Family Community in N. Providence, RI where she assisted in the care of Sisters in the Nursing Center.  Her present ministry is the Fruit Hill Day Service for Elderly. With a warm smile, she greets the participants each morning and accompanies them throughout the day.



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. Therese C. Landry, fmm

tn T landry 1Sr. Therese C. Landry entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary at North Providence in December 1946, and made her Final Vows at Holy Family Novitiate on June 13, 1952. After completing her nursing studies at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital School of Nursing and obtaining her R.N., she was sent in mission to St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, NY. where she served as the operating Room supervisor. Several years later, Sister graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Nursing from St. Louis University. She was sent in Mission to St, Francis Community in Roslyn, NY. She studied, obtaining a. Master in Business Administration at Adelphi University after which she served as the Executive Director of St. Francis Hospital from 1977 to 1979.   After a Sabbatical, she was appointed the Coordinator and Directress of Health Services in the F.M.M. Nursing Facility. Subsequent ministries are Clinical Pastoral Care, Home Health Nursing Hospitality for Children, care of elderly, sick Sisters. Her present ministry at Fruit Hill, is that of intercessory prayer for the Church and the world.

  

Sr. Claire Napoleon, fmm

Sr. Claire, fmmSister Claire Napoleon entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on September 15, 1960 in N. Providence, and pronounced her final vows on March 19, 1969.  Her earlier ministries include that of a nurse aide and an X-ray technician at Kennedy Memorial Hospital, in Brighton, MA, and a child care worker in McMahon Shelter in Harlem, NY.  After completing MSW studies, she served as an adoption social worker in Harlem Dowling Social Services in New York, and as Director of Social Services in Divine Providence Shelter in Manhattan, NY.  Sent in mission to North Providence, RI, she served as the coordinator and supervisor of the program for Southeast Asian Unaccompanied Minors.   Sister has served in local and provincial leadership.  She is at present, residing at St. Antoine’s Residence and  her ministry is that of prayer for the needs of the church and of the world.

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