Sisters' Profiles

Sr. Mary Salome Bayer, fmm

Sr. Mary Salome Bayer entered the Novitiate of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in N. Providence, Rhode Island Sept. 18 1939. After pronouncing her first vows on March 19, 1942 she was sent to study nursing at St. Anne’s School of Nursing in Fall River, MA. After that she was sent in mission to Our Lady of Hope community in East Boston where she served as a Group Mother and a nurse in the Orphanage. She pronounced her final vows March 19, 1945. In 1950, she graduated from Boston School of Occupation Therapy as a registered occupational therapist. Her preparation as a nurse and an occupational therapist was in view of the new hospital for children that was under construction originally called Kennedy Memorial Hospital. It is known today as Franciscan Hospital for Children. Over the years, Mary served as a registered nurse in Franciscan Missionaries of Mary missions in Cardinal Hayes Home for Children, Millbrook, NY, Divine Providence Child Care Agency, Manhattan, and in St Francis Sanatorium, now St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn, NY.

Sr. Mary has served as the local coordinator in communities in New York, Boston and N. Providence. Her current ministry is that of prayer and suffering for Church and the world.



Sr. Mary Blanche Dalton, fmm

Since 1975, Mary Blanche Dalton has served as the provincial secretary. Besides the English language, she is fluent in French and Japanese. Because of her gift of language she has served as a simultaneous translator at many of the General Chapters of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary that have been held in Grottaferata, Italy.

Sr. Jeanne d’Arc Saeko Mera, fmm

Jeanne d’Arc Saeko Mera entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary March 15, 1949 in Yokohama, Japan. After pronouncing her final vows September 1, 1956 in Sapporo, Japan, her ministries in Japan were teaching in a Kindergarten in Tenshi from 1956 to 1958, working with children in an orphanage in Kitahiroshima from 1958 to 1966. She obtained a Montessori Certificate in Early Childhood in 1973 and a B.A. in Education in 1979. Her ministry was as a Teacher and Director of Stella Maris Kindergarten in Kobe, Japan.

In 1979 she was sent in mission to the United States to Kennedy Memorial Day School Program in Brighton, MA serving as an Intern and teacher’s aide. She obtained experience in special education and obtained a Master of Arts in Special Education. Throughout her years, her various ministries have been in Montessori education and healing arts. Presently, she continues her healing ministry.

Sr. Philomena Agudo, fmm

Sr. Philomena Agudo entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on June 13,1949 at Legarda, Manila, Philippines.  She made her novitiate at Tagaytay, Philippines.  After her first vows, March 19, 1952, she taught at Our Lady of Loretto Academy in Legarda, Manila. She also did catechetical work in the public schools and found time every Saturday to minister to the prisoners at the National Penitentiary. She pronounced her final vows on March 19, 1955 in Tagaytay. She was appointed principal of Our Lady of Loretto Academy, Manila in 1955. Seven years later Sr. Philomena was sent to Cebu City to establish Stella Maris School, which included kindergarten to Secondary classes. In 1964 she was missioned to Djakarta, Indonesia where she was assigned as principal of Regina Pacis International School (a secondary school for children of diplomats). In 1967 she was appointed Juniorate Mistress in Bogor, Indonesia. Two years later she became a part-time counselor at Churches’ Counseling Center in Singapore. Sr. Philomena  became directress of Hai Sing Dewasa Commercial School for girls in 1970.

Sr. Philomena was sent in mission to the United States to study at Boston University. She graduated in 1975 with a Doctorate degree in Philosophy in Pastoral Psychology and Counseling (PhD).

Her present ministries are counseling, retreat direction, spiritual direction and conducting Scripture classes.

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