Sisters' Profiles

Sr. Helen Kalogeras, fmm

tn kalogeras helenwebselectSister 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.


Sr. Mary Elizabeth Cook, fmm


tn cookiwebSister Mary Elizabeth Cook entered the Institute of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary on March 15, 1952 at North Providence.   After pronouncing her Final Vows on September 17, 1957, Sr. Mary served in various community works while studying part time at Rhode Island College. In 1959 she was sent in mission to Goa, stopping off several months in Rome and also in Karachi, Pakistan before reaching her final destination.   In Caranzalem, Goa, she served as a teacher's assistant in the Montessori program of O. L. of Rosary School. She also visited the people in the villages and was sacristan of the village Chapel. Later, she was sent to Bombay, India to St. Anthony's Home where she helped with the babies in the crèche. Most of Sr, Mary’s ministries have been caring for children and hospitality.   She studied as a nursing assistant and served in the FMM Nursing Center .   Her present ministry is assisting in hospitality and other community service.


Sr. Claudette Simard , fmm

tn claudettewebselectSister 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.


Sr. Virginia Falk, fmm

md virginawebselctVirginia Falk, fmm entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary September 18, 1951 at North Providence. She pronounced her first vows March 19, 1954 and her final vows, March 19, 1957. She has served as a teacher for over 30 years in the United States, India and Africa. She has served as a chaplain and music practitioner in various churches and facilities realizing her life-long dream of ministry to the sick and the dying and to serve through the use of music. Virginia continues her music ministry in GA. She serves as liturgical musician for a small mission church in Warm Springs, where she selects the hymns for Sunday Mass and trains cantors. In LaGrange, she works with West Georgia Hospice, using voice and harp to bring therapeutic music to the patients there.


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.

Sister Pauline Baris, fmm

Sr. Pauline Baris, fmmSr. 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.

Go to top