Sr. Pauline Baris, fmm
Pauline Baris was born in Central Falls, Rhode Island. She attended Notre Dame School there, and after graduation worked in the accounting and secretarial departments of the former Pantex Mfg. Co., Pawtucket, RI and as assistant bookkeeper at Tilden Thurber’s in downtown Providence.
At the age of twenty seven, Pauline entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in Quebec, on March 8, 1951. She attended Ottawa University in 1954, studying Child Care and Guidance. After Sister’s final profession in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1956, she was assigned to 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. In 1972, Sister Pauline was one of the delegates at the General Chapter, representing West Africa.
Besides all of her other duties, Pauline managed to find time to visit and help the underprivileged of Monrovia in a poor district called “West Point.”
Until 1975, Sr. Pauline served in various ministries such as: part time teacher at the high school, typing and shorthand classes, catechetical work, and as superior of the convent.
In 1976, she returned to the Province of Canada and was assigned to help the local treasurers as well as other responsibilities in the business field. In October of 1977, she was missioned to Jirapa, Ghana where she served as the accountant at Jirapa Hospital. She also taught a young Ghanaian to take over the hospital accounts. From 1980 to 1995 she was missioned to Accra, Ghana serving as a provincial councilor, SECAM secretariat at the Apostolic Nunciature as an accountant; then to Winneba, Ghana as the local superior, provincial councilor and helping with accounts.
In all of her years of religious life, Sister Pauline has also “kept the books” or accounts in every house where she was stationed. Those who know Sister agree that she has a real genius for handling finances, as well as for upkeep, maintenance and order. Sister Pauline is an indefatigable worker, who keeps busy from morning to night, her only hobby being that of reading.
Sr. Pauline did a Renewal at Berakah, New Hampshire and then was missioned to Our Lady of Wisdom Community, St. Louis, MO. In St. John the Baptist Parish Sister served as a Eucharistic Minister and as the Local coordinator of the community and local treasurer.
She was sent in mission to Queen of Peace Community in N. Providence in 1999 where she now serves as the local coordinator since 2007.