Sr. Helen Kalogeras, fmm
Sr. Helen T. Kalogeras was born in Fishkill, New York and grew up and attended school in New Rochelle, New York. She was the middle child of her family between two brothers. Helen was able to learn the art of cooking from her father who was a chef.
After having been a camper and counselor at Camp St. Helene for many years and, having enjoyed the relaxed relationship and many missionary stories of sisters returning from the missions, she entered the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in 1951. She had already completed her nurses training at St. Vincent's hospital in New York City.
Helen spent her novitiate at Fruit Hill where she was sent to care for Mother Emile Ange at Bell Street for a brief period. In 1954 she was missioned to 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. After spending three months in Rome and Grotta she sailed to Monrovia. She served in the dispensary from February 1955 to July 1967 besides doing home visiting and teaching typing to the boarding students.
After a year in the United States recuperating from a bout of Hepatitis in 1967, she was missioned to Jirapa where she served as a nurse in St. Joseph's Hospital. Here she had wonderful experiences and believes that this was the fulfillment of her desire to be a missionary.
Missioned to the United States in 1973 she was stationed at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, New York. Helen's nursing skills were greatly utilized at the "Heart Hospital". She did a year of Visiting Nursing in Rockville Center before doing a year of renewal at the Credo Program in Gonzaga University in Spokane.
After her renewal, Helen was sent in 1987 to St. John the Baptist Convent in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. There she enjoyed working as a visiting nurse. In time she became head nurse at the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Nursing Facility at Fruit Hill, North Providence and made time to care for the feet of the elderly and those needing special care. She enjoyed participating in the Prayer Meeting, which met weekly in the Pawtucket, Convent. She also added to the Parish Community by serving as a Eucharistic Minister at Mass. She is a woman of many talents that include sewing, handicrafts, letter writing and cooking. Always ready to lend a hand she is an active member in community.
She was missioned to North Smithfield to be a support to our sisters in Ste. Antoine's Residence from 2002 to 2007.
Throughout her missionary life Helen 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. Always ready to lend a hand she is an active member in community.