Sisters' Profiles

Sr. La Verne Hincks, fmm

Sr. John, fmmSr. LaVerne Hincks entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on September 18, 1945 at North Providence, RI.  Her name in religious life was Mary of St. John Berchmans.  She continues to be known by the name of John.

After pronouncing her first vows on March 19, 1948, she began studies at Emmanuel College in Boston and graduated in 1952 with a B.A. Major in Chemistry.

Sr. John pronounced her final vows on March 19, 1951.  Her ministry until 1953 was community service in St. Clement’s Eucharistic Shrine in Boston.  In 1953, she was sent in mission to Moratuwa, Sri Lanka where she served as a teacher and was also in charge of the maintenance workers until 1969.

Sr. Theresa Arsenault, fmm

Sr. Theresa A., fmmSr. 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.

Sr. Frances Milano, fmm

tn Frances MilanowebselectSister Frances Milano, fmm entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Sept. 18, 1951 in North Providence. She pronounced her First Vows  March 19, 1954 and her Final Vows March 19, 1957.   Prior to her entry she had work experience as a receptionist and aide to a veterinarian and 8 1/2 years as clerk/teletype operator and relief manager for The Western Union Telegraph Company. This latter job entailed extensive travel throughout the United States. After she received “God’s Call”, prior to entering at Fruit Hill, Frances went on a Holy Year pilgrimage to several western European countries.

Her first mission sending was to San Francisco where she was bursar, librarian and the supervisor of young women residents. Frances was missioned to Peru and set sail in February 1958. lquitos on the Amazon was the site of her first work in Peru, teaching English.   Later, she was sent to Chile, San Vicente de Tagua Tagua, where she filled a number of positions: English teacher, commissioner, bookstore clerk, and Novice Mistress. Throughout her religious life, Frances has served in various ministries: community and provincial leadership, novice directress, translator, hospital volunteer. Sent in mission to Holy Family Community in North Providence, she serves in community service wherever there is a need.


Sister Elfriede M. Jackson, fmm

tn_ElfreideJSister 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. 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.

Sr. Caterina Isonni, fmm 

Sr. Caterina Isonni. fmmSr. Caterina Isonni entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on September 15, 1945 in St. Rosa International Novitiate, Grottaferrata, Italy. She made her first vows on March 19, 1948, and her final vows on March 19, 1951 In Grottaferrata. Italy.

Sent in Mission to the USA Province, her ministry was mostly in child care at Kennedy Memorial Hospital (now known as Franciscan Hospital for Children), Brighton, MA as a group manager of the boys’ unit.

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