Sister Rose Marie Brooks, fmm
Sister Rose Marie Brooks entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in 1985 in Chicago, IL. She pronounced her final vows October 4, 1992 in Fall River at St. Stanislaus Parish.
Prior to her entry into the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, she graduated from St. Joseph's as an RN and worked for five years in Rhode Island Hospital Surgical Intensive Care Unit, then six more years in Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, MA.
In 1986, she was sent in mission to St. Francis Hospital where she served as a staff nurse and completed studies earning a B.S. in Nursing from Molloy College. In 1993, she was sent in mission to Bushulo , Ethiopia.
Sister Elfriede M. Jackson, fmm
Sister Elfriede M. Jackson, fmm was born in River Cess Country, Liberia, She entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary September 15, 1960 in North Providence as there was no novitiate in Liberia. She pronounced her final vows in Monrovia in 1966. She was sent in mission to Jirapa Hospital in Ghana to study nursing and then returned to Sanaquillie, Liberia to run a clinic. Sent in mission to Coldash, England, she served as a community nurse. She was member of a team of Franciscan Missionaries of Mary who started the Coldash Retreat Center. Then, she was sent in mission to Liberia to organize and open a retreat center. During the Liberian civil she was sent to the United States where she served as a member of the novitiate formation team. Presently, she resides in Trinity Community in North Providence where she assists in the FMM Assisted Living Residence and the Fruit Hill Day Program for Elderly.
Sr. Theresa Arsenault, fmm
Sr. Theresa Arsenault entered on September 15, 1945 at Fruit Hill and made her first vows on March 19, 1948 and her final vows on the same date in 1951 in N. Providence, RI. After pronouncing her first vows, she was sent in mission to St. Francis Sanitorium in Roslyn, NY (now known as St. Francis Hospital) where she cared for children afflicted with rheumatic fever.
From 1949 to 1954, her mission was Divine Providence Shelter in Manhattan, NY once again caring for children, and then to Kennedy Memorial Hospital (now called Franciscan Hospital for Children) in Brighton, MA. She served as a supervisor for exceptional children
Sr. Theresa was missioned to Kobe, Japan in 1954. She served as an elementary teacher in Stella Maris International School.
Sister 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.
Sister Pauline Baris, fmm
Sr. Pauline Baris entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in Quebec, on March 8,1951.She pronounced her first vows on September 17, 1953. She attended Ottawa University in 1954, studying Child Care and Guidance. After Sister’s final profession in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1956, she served in the Day Care Center there, doing Group Work and Home Visits for underprivileged children. Sister Pauline remained at this ministry for a period of fourteen years, until 1968, when she attended a refresher course at Willis Business College in Ottawa.
Then came the great day in 1968 when Sister Pauline’s hopes and dreams to go on the missions were fulfilled and she was sent to Monrovia, Liberia.
Sister Helen Kalogeras, fmm entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary December 8, 1951. She pronounced her First Vows June 13, 1954 and her Final Vows June 13, 1957. Before she entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, she had completed her nurses training at St. Vincent's hospital in New York City. After completing her novitiate, she was sent to care for Mother Emile Ange at Bell Street for a brief period. In 1954 she was missioned to Monrovia, West Africa. On the way to her mission she was able to travel to Rome. It was at this time that the Beatification of Sister Assunta took place. She was missioned to the United States in 1973 and continued her nursing ministry. Throughout her missionary life she used her skill as a qualified nurse in missions in the United States and in Africa. Her present ministry in Holy Family Community and the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in Fruit Hill, North Providence are community service, receptionist and Reader at Eucharistic celebrations.