Sr. Agnes Kozak, entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in North Providence, December 13, 1949. After pronouncing first vows, she was placed in charge of the Novices’ linen room for 2 years; then her ministry was operator of linotype machine in the FMM Printing Press. During that time, she was sent in mission to Camp St. Helene in the Catskills to serve for a summer in charge of a unit for children.
She pronounced her final vows, June 13, 1956. She was sent in mission to St. Francis Convent in Roslyn, NY to serve as sacristan and receptionist at the hospital and other tasks.
Her various ministries have been as Sacristan, Religious Education, Activities Director, Eucharistic Minister, community treasurer, and local coordinator.
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.
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. 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.
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