Sr. Claire Napoleon entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in 1960 at N. Providence, RI. She pronounced her first vows in 1963 and her final vows in 1969.
Sister first served as a nurse aide and X-ray technician at Kennedy Memorial Hospital, now called Franciscan Hospital for Children.
After completing her MSW studies at Columbia University School of Social Work, she ministered in New York City as an adoption social worker in a Black Child Caring Agency; as a foster care social worker with a high ratio of Spanish- speaking families and as a child care worker in a Children’s Shelter.
In 1980, she did an Emmaus Renewal Program in Grottaferrata, Italy at her community’s residence.
Sister Claire was sent in mission to Emmaus Community, in North Providence to minister as a Coordinator in the Diocesan Catholic Social Services. In addition, she ministered to Southeast Asian Unaccompanied Minors, all of whom were from Cambodia. She held the position as coordinator and supervisor of the program since its inception in December of 1981 at Catholic Social Services.
From 1986 to 2001 Sister served as the Director of Social Services and as a social worker, in McMahon and in Divine Providence Shelter in Manhattan, NY. She also served as a provincial councilor.
While Sr. Claire was never missioned abroad, she traveled extensively in the United States in connection with her ministries and even traveled to the refugee camps in Thailand.
In 2005 she was sent in mission to Holy Family Community as the co director of financial services.
Presently, Sister Claire is a member of Ein Karim Community, residing at St. Antoine’s Residence. Her present ministry is that of prayer for the needs of the church and of the world.