Sr. Beatrice entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in Quebec, Canada September 14, 1934. After pronouncing her First Vows in Québec March 19, 1937, Beatrice was sent to do ministry as a commissioner, one of the many Sisters of our Institute who traveled the country selling handwork made in workrooms to support missionary works.
In April, 1938, she was sent in mission to Jerusalem via Rome. She stayed in Jerusalem until December of 1938, when she was sent to Bethlehem. There, she pronounced her final vows March 19, 1940. Most of her religious life was spent in the Holy Land in ministries of service, hospitality, making of altar bread for parishes and as a gifted seamstress. Her ministries in the United States were as sacristan, sewing and sending “sunshine cards” to many ill and homebound people, ministries that she continues presently.
Sr. Marie Cinotti entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in North Providence, RI September 15, 1959.
After pronouncing her first vows March 19, 1962, she began studies at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in Brighton. She pronounced her final vows Sept. 17, 1965. Her next mission was at Kennedy Memorial Hospital, Boston now known as Franciscan Hospital for Children working as an RN in Our Lady’s Unit. From 1967 to 1970 she was in charge of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Infirmary, N. Providence, RI.
Over the years, Sr. Marie has served as a nurse, religious education teacher, novice directress, local coordinator of communities, personnel director, vocation director and in pastoral care, prison ministry, parish ministry and soup kitchens.
Her present ministry is working at St. Jude’s parish in El Paso Texas. This parish is responsible for the chaplaincy at a local hospital where Marie serves as the chaplain. She is also part of the diocesan Vocation committee.
Sr. Carol Ann Kane entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in North Providence, RI September 15, 1959. She pronounced her final vows at North Providence September 17, 1965.
After finishing her studies at Emmanuel College, she was sent in mission to Espiritu Santo School in Fall River as a teacher. Throughout the next years her ministries have included teaching, formation, pastoral care, retreats, spiritual direction, and leadership here is the USA and missions in Singapore and Kenya.
Sr. Claire McQuilkin, fmm entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary at North Providence on March 16th, 1960 and took the habit on Sept. 17th 1960. While in temporary vows she studied nursing at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Brighton MA. Her final profession was on Sept 17th, 1965.
From 1965 - 1973, she served as an RN at the former Kennedy Hospital now called Franciscan Hospital for Children as a member of the Emergency Room Team, evening Supervisor on call for Radiology and Laboratory, as Head Nurse and Unit Supervisor of the Medical and Surgical Units, and as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the Outpatient Dept.
Throughout the next years her various ministries have been nursing, pastoral care, chaplaincy, diabetic research and retreat work.
Sr. Virginia Ptak entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary September 15, 1944 at North Providence, RI.
After pronouncing her first vow March 19, 1947, Sr. Virginia was missioned to Roslyn, NY, St. Francis Hospital and Sanatorium, now known as St. Francis Hospital and Heart Center where she worked with children who came for treatment and relief from rheumatic fever and its many problems. She pronounced her final vows March 19, 1950 in N. Providence, RI.
Her various ministries have been X-ray Technician, registered nurse and local coordinator.
Her present ministry is the Care of Children who come to St. Francis Hospital and Heart Center for heart surgery and non-invasive surgery from foreign countries.
Sr. My Hoa Nguyen was born on November 11 at Nha Trang, Vietnam, the eighth child of thirteen children; eight brothers and four sisters.
While in Nha Trang, Vietnam, My Hoa already has responded to God's call by teaching catechism to children. She also helped the children in her neighboorhood with their homework.
Her love of working with children continued after moving to the United States with her family. She worked as an assistant teacher for 3 to 5 year old children in a day care sponsored by the government for one year in San Jose, California.